ERIC Number: ED453871
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-May-24
South Texas Community College Report Card--Spring 2001: Report of Findings.
South Texas Community Coll., McAllen. Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness.
This 2001 report presents the findings of an institutional evaluation survey conducted by South Texas Community College (STCC). The survey asked 434 community opinion leaders to respond to 13 items by providing the item's level of importance and a letter grade for the college's performance on it. There were also several open-ended questions, including one that elicited recommendations. The response rate was 52% (225). Results included: (1) the item "provides affordable college tuition for students" tied with "increases opportunity to attend college close to home" for the highest mean grade of 3.46; (2) the lowest mean grade (2.99) went to "further develops students' reading, writing, and math skills"; and (3) the item placed at highest importance was "increases opportunity to attend college close to home," and least important was "provides college courses for qualified students while in high school." Administrators' specific recommendations following this study include: (1) the almost inverse relationship of grade and priority with respect to development of students' reading, writing, and math skills requires further investigation; and (2) there appears to be a dichotomy of roles--academic transfer and vocational/technical preparation for employment--that many respondents do not accept or cannot integrate into their understanding of the community college's role. (JA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: South Texas Community Coll., McAllen. Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness.