ERIC Number: ED332767
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Flexible Calendar: Evaluation and Title 5 Revisions.
Cepeda, Rita; And Others
The California Community Colleges' (CCC) Flexible Calendar Program (FCP) allows districts to allocate up to 15 instructional days from the 175-day academic calendar to engage in staff, student, and instructional improvement activities. The CCC Board of Governors' Task Force on Flexible Calendar, drawing from three sources (i.e., program growth data, the Fund for Instructional Improvement's (FII's) project entitled "Assessment of Flex Calendar," and staff evaluations) conducted an evaluation of the FCP and proposed changes to Title 5 regulations governing the program's administration. Among the Task Force's findings are the following: (1) since the program's inception, the number of community colleges choosing the flexible calendar option has increased from 8 colleges in 1982-83, to an estimated 95 colleges in 1991-92; (2) the FII assessment concluded that the FCP is effective in helping deliver faculty and staff development programs; (3) the FII report recommended that FCP, FII, and faculty and staff development efforts be connected, that statewide funding be increased, that more guidance be provided to colleges implementing FCP, and that staff development programs and FCP be fully funded; and (4) staff evaluations of FCP from selected districts showed the program to be effective in providing time for districts to address their staff, student, and instructional improvement needs. The report concludes with major proposed changes in Title 5 regulations, including the creation of one set of consolidated and unduplicated guidelines. Appendixes present the proposed item-by-item changes to the FCP regulations, a section-by-section analysis of the proposed changes, and a list the names of the Task Force on Flexible Calendar members. (PAA)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Faculty Development, Flexible Scheduling, Improvement Programs, Instructional Improvement, Participant Satisfaction, Program Costs, Program Evaluation, Released Time, School Schedules, Staff Development, Statewide Planning, Student Improvement, Teacher Improvement, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Board of Governors.
Identifiers: California; Flexible Calendar Program CA
Note: Presented as agenda item number 17 at a meeting of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges (Sacramento, CA, July 11-12, 1991).