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ERIC Number: ED188727
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr-2
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Birth of the Four-Day Work Week.
Hellyer, Lyle
Indian Hills Community College, faced with rising utility bills dues to inadequate insulation in the campus's older buildings, now utilizes a four-day week during the winter quarter as an energy conservation measure. Planning for the implementation of the four-day week, which began in 1976, was coordinated by an overall energy committee made up of representatives from all levels of the college community. Through this committee, a series of surveys was conducted to assess the impact of the plan on students, to determine how well the general public would accept the four-day week, and to collect data on past energy use. Initial findings revealed that although there was no consensus on the precise times the school day should begin and end, most students, faculty, and staff approved of the four-day plan. The survey also determined that the plan would save commuting students a total of $2,500 per day in fuel costs. Presently, after the plan has been in operation for three years, over 90% of the faculty, staff, and students of the college are in favor of the four-day week. There have been complaints, however, that lecture periods under this schedule are too long for technical disciplines such as computer programming and calculus. Plans are being prepared to implement the four-day week during the summer session in order to reduce air-conditioning costs. (JP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Four Day College Week; Indian Hills Community College IA
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges (60th, San Francisco, CA, March 30-April 2, 1980)