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Doctor of Education (EdD)


Educational Administration and Higher Education

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The purpose of this study was to examine the perceptions of external communities toward the programs and scheduling of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Clark County, Nevada was the metropolitan area studied. The county included only one full service university. The area was isolated from other full service institutions and was a nontraditional area that maintained a 24-hour work schedule. A county-wide school district operated many elementary schools on a 12-month schedule. A major Air Force base was present whose work hours conflicted with traditional university teaching hours; Surveys were taken from three groups. They were the Clark County School District teachers; the Educational Service Officer representing the Nellis Air Force Base personnel; and a random selection of persons in the community with residential telephones; The main finding was that the external communities did have perceived needs that differed from the programs and schedulings offered by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. However, each of the groups had different perceived needs; The findings, concerning programmatic needs, showed that 31 percent of community respondents recommended Law be offered and 15 percent recommended Medicine. The teachers survey had 22 percent favoring the introduction of Library Science. The military respondent favored the expansion of existing engineering and computer science programs to masters and doctoral levels; The findings, concerning scheduling needs, included the determination that morning classes were preferred by a scant 51 percent of the community respondents. Afternoon classes were preferred by only 18 percent and evening classes were preferred by only 41 percent. (Numbers did not round to 100 percent as separate questions were asked concerning morning, afternoon and evening classes.) The teachers and military personnel preferred evening and weekend courses; A vast majority (94 percent) of community respondents preferred weekday to weekend classes. Several subpopulations, however, had substantially larger proportions favoring weekend classes. These subpopulations included black respondents, respondents with professional degrees, respondents seeking a community college degree and respondents with leisure and recreational goals; Community respondents favored one-hour classes, while the teachers and military personnel preferred one class meeting per week regardless of the number of hours of that class.


Assessment; Las Vegas; Needs; Nevada; Programmatic; Scheduling; University; Vegas

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Education, Higher

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University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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