ERIC Number: ED381206
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Oct-29
A Descriptive Study of Southwest College: An Analysis of Selected Variables as They Relate to Students' Attitudes toward Campus Safety, Available Services, and the Need for Special Programs. An Exploratory Study.
A study was conducted at Southwest College (SC), in Texas, to ascertain students' attitudes toward campus safety and the college's responsiveness to student needs. The study also sought to determine if students considered safety issues when choosing a campus, if they perceived a need for a safety organization, and if they encountered non-safety related problems in significant numbers. Questionnaires were distributed to academic and non-academic students in classes, with a random sample of 69 completed forms gathered for the analysis. Survey results included the following: (1) 70% of the sample were female, 37% were between the ages of 23 and 27, 59% were White, 9% were Black, and 13% were Hispanic; (2) 56% felt the campus was relatively safe, compared to 25% who felt the campus was not safe; (3) 84% had not encountered an incident on campus that made them feel unsafe; (4) 78% indicated that safety was a factor in determining where they took their classes, with 90% of the females and 52% of the males indicating that it was a factor; (5) 71% felt that a program was needed to monitor and react to unsafe and problematic situations; (6) responses indicated that students were generally satisfied with Southwest College's efforts to address their concerns; and (7) when students were asked to indicate the types of non-safety related problems encountered at SC, many responses fell into the facilities' domain. (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southwest Coll., Houston, TX.