ERIC Number: ED305949
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Miami-Dade Community College: Do Students Get What They Want? Research Report No. 88-25.
A survey was conducted at Miami-Dade Community College (MDCC) to identify the functions that students feel are important for a community college to perform, the characteristics that students consider attractive in a college, and students' ratings of MDCC in terms of those same characteristics. Questionnaires were distributed in class to 4,700 students. Study findings, based on a 40% response rate, included the following: (1) over 90% of the respondents agreed with statements that it was important for a community college to provide students with the opportunity to become broadly educated; to help them acquire depth of knowledge; and to prepare them to communicate effectively, analyze and express ideas, and identify and solve problems; (2) the items which fewest students thought were important were those concerning extracurricular activities, cultural events, and developing personal independence; (3) when students were asked to rate their ideal college on various factors, high ratings were given to faculty-related items, advising/counseling, quality education, job preparation, library facilities, and flexible schedules; and (4) counseling, advising, career planning, and job placement at MDCC received relatively low ratings in relationship to students' perceptions of the importance of these services. (AAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Miami-Dade Community Coll., FL. Office of Institutional Research.