ERIC Number: ED395650
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jul-10
Reference Count: N/A
Classified Staff Focus Groups on a Property Tax Increase for the College.
Spicer, Scot L.; Karpp, Edward
To gather data on attitudes related to the advisability of proposing a property tax increase to provide additional college support, Glendale Community College (GCC), in California, held four focus group meetings with classified employees. Following letters and electronic mail messages sent to all classified employees inviting them to participate, 29 full-time classified staff volunteered to participate in hour-long focus groups held at four times on July 1, 1996. All but one of the participants were residents of the District and would be affected by a tax increase. The focus groups discussed issues related to GCC's reputation, institutional needs, and advisability of seeking a property tax. An analysis of participants' comments revealed the following: (1) all four groups believed that having a community college in the community enhanced property values and contributed to the community by retraining the workforce and inexpensively educating students for transfer; (2) offering more classes, improving instructional technology, and performing seismic upgrades were identified as institutional needs; (3) participants raised concerns regarding trust and accountability, due to financial abuses of other local school districts; and (4) in general, there was a significantly negative reaction to the idea of a property tax increase. The focus group questions and suggested bond projects are appended. (TGI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Glendale Community Coll., CA. Planning and Research Office.