ERIC Number: ED320646
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Student Needs and Priorities Survey (SNAPS), Fall 1988.
Compton Community Coll. District, CA. Research and Planning Dept.
In 1988, a survey was conducted at Compton Community College to ascertain whether the needs and priorities of its students were primarily campus-related or external. The study was also structured to identify students who planned to transfer to another college before completing their degree requirements. The survey solicited information on students' personal profile, ethnicity/race, marital status, gender, residency, income, goals, and aspirations. In addition, the survey asked students to evaluate the college itself in terms of the quality of instructors and instruction, the relevance and priority of selected student services, and whether the institution was properly addressing student needs and priorities. The survey sample of 879 students represented 17% of the total college population in fall 1988. The sample was 68% female, 59% black, and 47% single; 31% were employed full time and 27% were employed part time. Student responses indicated that factors such as family obligations, personal problems, job-related problems, and finances were major determinants of academic persistence. However, certain on-campus needs were also identified: (1) 30.9% of the respondents recommended that a referral service be considered for implementation, 23.9% were in favor of a counseling center, and 17.6% were interested in a "Big Brother-Big Sister" program to match older and younger students; (2) extended hours were recommended for the library, Academic Resources Institute/Center, cafeteria, and bookstore; and (3) as to why students drop out of college, 24.6% of the students gave as a reason lack of interest and motivation, 19.8% cited financial problems, and 15% mentioned job-related or family problems. The survey instrument is appended. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Compton Community Coll. District, CA. Research and Planning Dept.