The results of a recent East Central College district survey were positive overall, ECC President Jon Bauer said.

Bauer gave a brief summary of the results to the board of trustees at their monthly meeting Monday, March 4.

The survey, which was conducted in January by The Warren Poll of St. Louis, polled about 600 people within the ECC district with 49 questions about the quality of education at ECC. It also gathered information about the area’s demographics and people’s overall familiarity with the college.

“The survey found that 92 percent of respondents described the quality of education at ECC as ‘excellent’ or ‘good,’ ” Bauer said.

The top three reasons people attend ECC, Bauer told the board, were convenience, affordability and academic offerings.

About 78 percent of the respondents said they felt ECC was “inexpensive,” or “very inexpensive.”

Bauer said a more detailed report of the findings would be presented at the next board meeting in April.

The survey was conducted as a tool to help a committee of faculty and staff members as they develop a strategic plan for the college in the upcoming months.

A strategic plan is a road map for the college that will guide the college through the process of achieving its long-term goals, Bauer said.

“The survey will be used to help us identify goals, needs and expectations held by the public,” Bauer told The Missourian. “It is important we are responsive to those issues and work to be what the public expects of its college.”