ERIC Number: ED254270
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Report on Noncredit Courses.
Petersen, Allan; McIntyre, Chuck
In response to legislative mandate, the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges conducted a study of the level of noncredit courses, enrollments, and average daily attendance (ADA) offered at the community colleges. The study focused on the number of students enrolled in noncredit courses and the impact a mandatory fee would have on enrollments in community colleges and on enrollments in adult education programs offering similar courses. The enrollment portion of the study revealed that approximately 13% of total community college enrollment was in the noncredit areas and that the English as a Second Language, Basic Skills/Remedial, and Vocational areas accounted for more than 50% of all noncredit courses, enrollment, and ADA. The fee impact study indicated that over one-third of the 155,000 students taking only noncredit courses would withdraw, and an additional one-eighth would reduce their course load if a $15 course fee were imposed. Of those 11,000 students taking both credit and noncredit courses, approximately 10% would withdraw and another one-third would reduce their course load. There would be a net loss of about one-third in total ADA, and the enrollment losses would be concentrated in nine districts enrolling four-fifths of all noncredit students. Students most affected would be Asians, Hispanics, students less than 30 years old, renters and those who are less educated. There would be only a nominal enrollment impact upon adult schools and regional occupational centers. A detailed analysis of findings is appended. (Author/LAL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Office of the Chancellor.
Note: Discussed as Agenda Item 4 at a Meeting of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges (Sacramento, CA, March 7-8, 1985).