ERIC Number: ED356026
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
A Survey of the Community's Information and Attitudes about Dona Ana Branch Community College. A Research Report.
Baca, Kathleen; And Others
In 1992, Dona Ana Branch Community College (DABCC) in Las Cruces, New Mexico, conducted a telephone survey of a random sample of Dona Ana County residents to examine community attitudes towards the college. In particular, the study examined barriers to student access; the reputation and visibility of DABCC; community awareness of programs, courses, and delivery formats; community perceptions of the quality of instruction; and community understanding and support of the college. A total of 167 calls were completed with usable responses to at least some of the survey questions. Where possible, results were compared with findings from a similar survey conducted in 1990. Study findings included the following: (1) 88% of the respondents were aware of DABCC, an increase of 10% from 1990; (2) 81% were aware of occupational training courses, while 58% were aware of student services; (3) significantly more males than females were aware of adult basic education, evening and weekend scheduling, satellite campus classes, availability of financial aid, and student support services; (4) 31% of the respondents or their relatives had taken courses at DABCC, and 96% of them described the quality of instruction as excellent or good; (5) significantly more respondents over 59 years of age believed that continuing to offer community education courses was important; and (6) the greatest impediments to taking classes were lack of time among 26 to 40 year-olds, and lack of money among 18 to 25 year olds. Recommendations, 14 data tables/figures, and the survey instrument are included. (PAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Mexico State Univ., Las Cruces. Dona Ana Branch Community Coll.