FLAGSTAFF - Coconino Community College (CCC) has announced that they have completed and tabulated the results of the Grand Canyon/Tusayan, Williams and surrounding area survey; one of three surveys they will be conducting in northern Arizona over the next three years. The surveys are key components of CCC's three-year strategic plan and also for the Higher Learning Commission continued accreditation process with which CCC is currently engaged. Participants in the survey were contacted through flyers inserted into water bills, presentations to community organizations, ads and news articles in the Williams/Grand Canyon News, the CCC Web site, local business and chamber of commerce newsletters and distribution of flyers to key locations in the region.
Although the response rate was low with 91 surveys returned out of a resident population of approximately 10,000 the results revealed that of the respondents who have attended the College, 84-94 percent rated instruction, programs and courses offered at CCC as good or excellent. Approximately 69 percent of the respondents said that they believed that the programs at CCC lead to better employment opportunities and that CCC's attributes included affordability and small class sizes. Thirty-one of the respondents wanted more information about the college and all of those individuals have been contacted by CCC representatives.
Director of Institutional Research and Assessment at CCC, Dr. Steve Chambers said, "The survey indicates that the people in Grand Canyon/Tusayan, Williams and surrounding areas in western Coconino County that utilize the college see CCC as a valuable asset."
CCC, established in Flagstaff in 1991, reaches out to communities at the Grand Canyon, the Page/Lake Powell area, the Navajo and Hopi Nations, Williams and Fredonia., covering an 18,000 square mile area. The college offers university transfer, career/technical programs, and continuing education and community interest non-credit courses. CCC also offers dual enrollment programs for high school students throughout Coconino County including Williams and Grand Canyon, where students can earn college credit while attending high school at no cost to the student.
Many learners from the Grand Canyon/Tusayan, Williams and surrounding areas travel to Flagstaff for classes, but over 247 courses have been offered on the Williams campus serving 263 learners since 2003. Of the 247 courses offered, 89 have been cancelled due to a lack of participants. For more information on the survey results go to coconino.edu. You will find the survey results on the Institutional Research landing page.
There will also be a President's Advisory Council Meeting Monday from 11:15 p.m.-12:45 pm at the CCC Williams Campus, 636 S. Seventh St. The survey results will be one of the topics on the agenda and the public is welcome to attend and observe the meeting.