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Student Shortage

Shortages Top Member Concerns About the Future

June 22, 2004 - Shortages of students and qualified reporters are at the top of NCRA members' minds, according to the recent 2004 Member Needs Update survey. In the survey, which is a follow-up to a 2000 study, members were asked a wide range of questions about their overall satisfaction with NCRA and their views about the state of the reporting profession.

According to respondents, the greatest threat currently facing the profession is the shortage of students (39 percent). Electronic recording was identified as the second biggest threat (36 percent). Other threats facing the profession include third-party contracting, lack of professional quality, and matters relating to Engate realtime patent claims.

Sixty-four percent of respondents also indicated that there is a shortage of qualified reporters. In general, however, the survey reveals that the overall member attitude about the profession has improved from 2000, with 85 percent of respondents indicating that they were either very or somewhat optimistic about the court reporting profession. This figure is a 4 percent improvement when compared to the 2000 survey.

Results of the member needs assessment will help guide planning for future programs and activities.