ERIC Number: ED161392
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-May
Reference Count: 0
Sources of Change in Student Credit Hour Demand in Multi-Unit Colleges and Universities. AIR Forum Paper 1978.
Berg, David J.; Weiler, William C.
When changes occur in the number of credit hours demanded of a teaching unit, understanding of the sources of change is valuable policy making. Acceptable methods of determining sources of variance are not intuitively obvious, nor are the limitations of the simplest approaches. Sources of variance, not their causes, are discussed. Identification of a decrease in the proportion of credits taken in a college as the source of load decrease will not explain why less of that college's courses are being selected. However, the sources of variance can be of great policy interest and can make the search for causes more efficient. Often decision makers are unaware of the real sources of variation. Planning regarding curricular structure and recruiting may take different directions if the nature and relative strength of the various sources are clearly understood. The mechanistic sources of load change are enrollment, mean load per student, and proportion of load taken in the unit under study. Each may be analyzed in terms of any student sets for which data are available. Equations are given for such computations and an actual example of this method is discussed using data from selected colleges at the University of Minnesota. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis.
Identifiers: University of Minnesota
Note: Paper presented at the annual Association for Institutional Research Forum (18th, Houston, Texas, May 21-25, 1978)