ERIC Number: ED042995
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Correspondence Study: Student Evaluation. Phase II, Part I of the State-Wide Correspondence Study.
Washington Univ., Seattle. Educational Assessment Center.
A questionnaire survey of student attitudes toward correspondence study at three of five four year colleges in the state of Washington, conducted by the Office of Institutional Education Research of the University of Washington, using a format similar to its study of faculty attitudes in 1968, brought a response of 50% , which was augmented by a telephone followup of 50 nonrespondents. It was found that the three participating schools did not serve the same clientele. Demographically, Eastern Washington State College students were older, more apt to be female, married, and possess more formal education than students from Central Washington State College and the University of Washington. The institutions tended to serve students who lived near them. High proportions of the Central State college and the state university were primary and secondary school teachers. The most general shortcoming of the correspondence courses was felt to be lack of contact with faculty and other students. Perhaps this and the restriction on the number of credits a student could earn through correspondence were the reasons that students limit themselves to 1-3 correspondence courses. Advantages were home study and lack of family and job disruptions by schooling. (26 tables and the questionnaire used in the study are included.) (DM)
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Authoring Institution: Washington Univ., Seattle. Educational Assessment Center.