ERIC Number: ED388193
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
What the Public Wants from Higher Education: Work Force Implications from a 1995 National Survey.
Dillman, Don A.; And Others
This report summarizes results from a 1995 national survey on higher education. The telephone survey asked a random sample of 1,124 adults about issues related to continuing education, distance learning, and the performance of colleges, vocational schools, and universities. It found that a large majority of adults from all age groups, income levels, and backgrounds recognize the value of lifelong education and training. About 81 percent of the respondents thought that getting additional education was important for them to be successful at work. Interest in additional education was found to be highest among those who already had college training, and those with college training were more likely to continue their education in one form or another. A majority of respondents thought that it was important for state land-grant universities to provide multiple services, including off-campus instruction and services for older students. Three appendixes provide information on the survey methodology, additional data tables, and a reprint of a short article based on the same 1995 survey, entitled "The Public View of Land Grant Universities: Results from a National Survey" by James A. Christenson and others. (MDM)
Descriptors: Adults, Age Differences, Continuing Education, Distance Education, Educational Attitudes, Educational Background, Educational Policy, Higher Education, Job Training, Land Grant Universities, Lifelong Learning, National Surveys, Noncredit Courses, Nontraditional Students, Public Opinion, Socioeconomic Background, Telephone Surveys, Vocational Education
Social and Economic Sciences Research Center, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164-4014 ($5).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.; Farm Foundation, Oak Brook, IL.; Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (USDA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Washington State Univ., Pullman. Social and Economic Sciences Research Center.