ERIC Number: ED328315
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
General Community Needs Assessment: Conducted for the Development of the Educational and Facilities Master Plan.
Shaffer, Richard A.
In 1990, a needs assessment survey was conducted of residents of San Luis Obispo County to gather information regarding community members' experiences with Cuesta College (CC), opinions about what CC should be doing, assessment of how good a job the college is doing, and obstacles preventing people from attending CC. Study findings, based on telephone interviews with 769 adult county residents, included the following: (1) over 90% of the respondents were able to identify CC as the local community college; (2) nearly 60% had attended a community college, and, of these, 53% had attended CC; (3) over 15% said that they planned to attend CC in the next 12 months; (4) 47.3% of the respondents indicated that an important obstacle to attending CC was that the campus was not conveniently located for them, 43% said that the college did not offer what they needed, 39.4% mentioned job conflicts, and 33.8% indicated that they needed a more advanced degree; (5) while 87% of the respondents indicated that it was "very important" for CC to provide education and training which help people get jobs, only 18% of the respondents felt that CC was doing an "excellent" job in fulfilling this function; and (6) 43% of the respondents indicated that they or their family had taken part in non-class activities at CC, including theatrical events and concerts. A question-by-question breakdown of survey results and the interview schedule are appended. (JMC)
Descriptors: Access to Education, College Role, Community Attitudes, Community Characteristics, Community Colleges, Community Needs, Educational Attitudes, Educational Quality, Enrollment Influences, Institutional Evaluation, Needs Assessment, Questionnaires, School Community Relationship, Telephone Surveys, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Cuesta Coll., San Luis Obispo, CA.