ERIC Number: ED329698
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Aug
Reference Count: 0
An Evaluation of Adult Basic Education Programs in North Carolina.
Hughes, Donna M.; And Others
An evaluation was made of the adult basic education (ABE) program of the North Carolina Department of Community Colleges in the summer of 1988. The study used surveys to collect both opinion data and secondary information on aspects of ABE programs such as budgets, student enrollment, and features of the instructional program. Information was sought by mail from 58 ABE program directors (50 returns), 290 instructors (191 returns), and by telephone from 340 students enrolled during the 1987 fall quarter. The survey resulted in a profile of the ABE programs at various colleges. Some of the results are the following: (1) ABE program funds go mostly for instructional salaries; (2) most ABE programs in the sample are administered by one director, and most instructors are part time; (3) 84 percent of the programs use volunteers, especially for retention and outreach activities and tutoring; (4) the instructional techniques used most frequently are classroom instruction, computer-assisted instruction, and one-to-one tutoring; (5) the majority of instructors teach an average of 1 to 10 students per class; (6) almost all of the programs use pretests and posttests to evaluate students; (7) students were generally positive about their ABE classes; and (8) students liked all techniques except large classrooms. Recommendations for improvements were made in the areas of program publicity, student recruitment, student assessment, student retention, professionalization of the staff, class structure, and funding. (Report includes 25 tables, 6 figures, 14 references, and the program director, instructor, and student survey forms.) (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Community Colleges, Educational Finance, Educational Needs, Faculty Development, High School Equivalency Programs, High Schools, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Program Improvement, State Programs, Student Characteristics, Student Recruitment, Teaching Methods, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: North Carolina State Dept. of Community Colleges, Raleigh. Div. of Adult and Continuing Education.
Authoring Institution: North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh. Center for Urban Affairs and Community Services.
Identifiers: North Carolina