CEC Theses and Dissertations

Title

A Needs Assessment Study of An Information Management Center at a Large Community College In Southern California

Date of Award

1993

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Computer Education

Department

Center for Computer and Information Sciences

Advisor

John Kingsburry

Committee Member

Steven R. Terrell

Committee Member

Donald Busche

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to perform a needs assessment study of the computer laboratory in the business science division of a large community college. The needs assessment study included the creation of a mission statement and the development of goals and objectives for the computer laboratory. To measure how well the computer laboratory was meeting the objectives, a survey was administered to students in 24 computer-related classes and to 12 instructors of those classes. The survey covered the physical environment, the equipment, the software, the assistance, and the availability of the computer laboratory. It was found that both the students and the instructors were of the opinion that the computer laboratory was meeting the needs of the students in all areas. There were some significant differences in the levels of agreement between the students and the instructors.

Recommendations for improvements were made which included up-grading the hardware, adopting a new instructional accounting software package, providing staff development opportunities focused at improving the quality of the instruction, and increasing the hours the laboratory is open.

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