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District Residents Surveyed


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In January, 2013, 585 adult residents of the ECC district were interviewed in a random phone poll.


The survey was conducted by the St. Louis based Warren Poll.  Over 54 percent of the residents surveyed had lived in the district more than 20 years, and almost half live in households with no children 18 years on younger. Twenty-one percent of the sample were under age 35, 21 percent were 65 or older with the balance in the middle age categories.


A similar poll was conducted in 2006 prior to the Proposition RN bond issue. The college hopes to conduct a similar survey of the district every two years and use the findings as part of the planning and quality improvement processes.”


The error margin for 585 randomly interviewed respondents is plus or minus four percent at 95 percent confidence. Landline and cell phones were included in the sample to increase representation.


Ninety-two percent of respondents felt the quality of education provided by East Central College to be excellent or good.  When ECC district residents were asked to rank the importance of several services provided by the college, respondents ranked items associated with academic quality at the top.  Eighty-one percent  felt that a well-qualified faculty was very important, followed by scholarships at 73 percent, financial aid at 72 percent, four-year transfer programs at 71 percent, career/technical programs at 69 percent and the A+ program at 68 percent.


In each career area, over 90 percent of respondents rated ECC as excellent or good in preparing students for their chosen profession.


Though less than 22 percent of respondents felt that ECC’s $81 per credit hour tuition rate was expensive, almost a third of those surveyed noted that the weak economy in the past five years had affected their ability or a family member’s ability to attend college.


Almost all residents agreed or strongly agreed that the area benefits from ECC expanding by adding educational opportunities and programs.  Almost the same unanimous percentage of respondents believe that the college helps promote economic development in the area and feel having an excellent community college helps to improve property values. 

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