ERIC Number: ED311985
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-May
Reference Count: 0
The Need for a Southern Branch Campus of Ocean County College.
Ocean County Coll., Toms River, NJ. Office of Institutional Research.
In 1989, a study was conducted at Ocean County College (OCC) to determine the feasibility of establishing a branch campus in southern Ocean County, New Jersey. Specific factors examined in the study included Ocean County's demographic characteristics (e.g., land area and dispersion, population trends, public transportation, and economic trends); elementary, secondary, and postsecondary education; the history and future of OCC; and public opinion. Conclusions about public opinion were drawn from surveys of junior and senior public high school students, business firms, and a representative sample of 384 adult residents. Major study findings included the following: (1) 33% of the junior high school students and 39% of the high school students thought that they would definitely or probably attend the proposed branch campus; (2) without the branch campus, 21% of the junior high students and 29% of the high school students thought they would attend OCC anyway; (3) approximately 84% of the high school students favored the establishment of the branch campus; (4) business firms were highly supportive of the branch campus, indicating that approximately 10 employees per firm could improve their job-related skills by taking courses at a southern Ocean County branch; and (5) the percentage of the community survey respondents who indicated that they would probably or definitely enroll in an OCC course jumped from 40% without the branch campus to 60% with the branch campus. Based on study findings, it was recommended that a branch campus of 27,000 square feet be established to accommodate an enrollment of 1,000 students, on a 40- to 50-acre site directly behind the existing Southern Regional High School. The survey instruments, curriculum outlines, and data tables showing enrollment and population projections are attached. (JMC)
Descriptors: College Planning, Community Colleges, Community Surveys, Educational Facilities Planning, Educational Needs, Employment Patterns, Enrollment Projections, Feasibility Studies, Graphs, High School Students, Multicampus Colleges, Needs Assessment, Population Growth, Questionnaires, Satellite Facilities, School Demography, School Surveys, Tables (Data), Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ocean County Coll., Toms River, NJ. Office of Institutional Research.