ERIC Number: ED421933
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Sep-1
Reference Count: N/A
Illinois Higher Education in the 21st Century. Identifying and Responding to the Educational Needs in Lake County: A Committee Report.
Illinois State Board of Higher Education, Springfield.
This report presents the findings of a pilot study conducted in Lake County (Illinois) that was designed to identify higher educational needs and to develop recommendations to respond to those needs. Several methodologies were employed: public hearings; market research; analyses of census, labor, economic, and educational data; consultations with state and local government, community leaders, business executives, and higher education administrators; and informal reviews of efforts in other states. Noted among the report's findings were: a strong demand for higher education, particularly among place-bound residents and working adults; a need for undergraduate degree programs in information technology and business and for graduate programs in accounting and business; and concerns about program and faculty quality, course accessibility, and cost of higher education opportunities. Following a brief introduction, the report contains the following sections: (1) a description of Lake County's educational resources and the comparative demand for higher education resources; (2) a needs analysis; (3) a description of the proposed University Center of Lake County, highlighting its campus environment, use of existing resources, and establishment of partnerships; (4) a request for institutional partners in the University Center, detailing the types of programs and coursework needed; and (5) a brief description of the next steps in the program's development. Data tables and the market research report are appended. (MAB)
Descriptors: Adult Students, Data Analysis, Education Work Relationship, Educational Demand, Educational Improvement, Educational Planning, Environmental Scanning, Evaluation Methods, Formative Evaluation, Higher Education, Institutional Environment, Needs Assessment, Nontraditional Students, Policy Formation, State Boards of Education, Surveys, Trend Analysis
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois State Board of Higher Education, Springfield.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois