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And the survey says...

More than 90 percent of Johnson County's residents have a favorable view of Johnson County Community College, according to a recent survey commissioned by the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce Foundation. 

The survey of 800 registered voters and 693 business representatives revealed that 93 percent of those polled had a favorable impression of the college. Of those, 68 percent had a very favorable impression. 

The survey, conducted early this year by Neil Newhouse, Public Opinion Strategies, polled respondents on a range of quality-of-life issues that included education. The firm found that a long-standing commitment to excellence in education remains a priority in the community. 

JCCC President Terry Calaway welcomed the findings. 

"Our faculty, staff, board and administration have worked diligently to provide the highest quality education experience for students and employers locally. Our student success data and focus on customer service and retention is amazing by anyone's standards. I believe the community response data are indicative of the fine work of our team and our focus on being the best college in America." 

Among the other survey results:

  • When asked if JCCC did an excellent, good, fair or poor job on being affordable, 44 percent said excellent, 39 percent said good, 8 percent said fair or poor and the rest said they did not know.
  • When asked how the college rated on providing high standards of academic quality, 48 percent said excellent, 37 percent said good, 6 percent said fair or poor and the rest said they did not know.
  • When asked what kind of job the college does on operating efficiently, 30 percent said excellent, 42 percent said good, 10 percent said fair or poor and 18 percent did not know.
  • On the issue of tax increases, 63 percent of the respondents said they would support a tax increase for higher education, while 80 percent would support a tax increase for K-12 education.
  • When asked if higher education at JCCC was critical for economic development, 83 percent agreed. And 85 percent agreed that the college is preparing a workforce that is ready for the jobs and careers of today and the future. 

JCCC's Office of Institutional Research also has conducted research that shows the college is doing a good job. The office's data from 2010-11 found the following:

  • 92 percent of JCCC's career program completers find a job within six months.
  • 84 percent of students say they would enroll at JCCC again.
  • 83 percent of students are very satisfied with their experience at JCCC.
  • 94 percent of employers are satisfied with JCCC student preparation. 

The polling firm for the Overland Park chamber conducted telephone interviews with registered voters. Those interviews were followed by an on-line survey of business representatives from the chambers of commerce of Overland Park, Shawnee, Leawood, Northeast Johnson County, DeSoto and Spring Hill.