ERIC Number: ED357812
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Results of the Greene County Postsecondary Educational Needs Survey. Research Report No. 3-93.
Head, Ronald B.
To identify postsecondary educational needs within its rapidly growing service area, factors preventing students from taking classes at the colleges, and services that would encourage students to take classes, Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) surveyed all Greene County households in April 1993. A total of 4,625 surveys were mailed, requesting information on demographics, awareness of and experience with PVCC, and enrollment influences. Study findings, based on a 9.2% response rate (N=425), included the following: (1) survey respondents were older, more highly educated, and more likely to be female and employed than the average county resident; (2) 67.1% of the respondents had taken classes at PVCC, of whom 22.9% were still currently enrolled; (3) 15% of the respondents had graduated from PVCC; (4) 70.4% of the respondents indicated that they had at some time wanted to take a class at PVCC, but were unable to do so; (5) the two major obstacles to taking classes at PVCC were time and location, with "commuting time" as the factor cited by the most respondents (85.2%); and (6) factors that respondents indicated would most likely encourage them to take classes at PVCC were additional off-campus courses (89.2%), additional off-campus locations (84.5%), and more special-interest courses (77.6%). The survey instrument, detailed data tables, and respondents' narrative comments are appended. (PAA)
Descriptors: College Planning, Community Attitudes, Community Characteristics, Community Colleges, Community Involvement, Community Surveys, Educational Attitudes, Educational Demand, Enrollment Influences, Needs Assessment, Population Growth, Population Trends, Program Effectiveness, Student Behavior, Student Recruitment, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Piedmont Virginia Community Coll., Charlottesville, VA. Office of Institutional Research and Planning.
Identifiers - Location: Virginia