ERIC Number: ED339439
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Video Telecommunications in Washington Community Colleges. An Update of the Course Offerings for Academic Year 1989-90 and 1990-91. Operations Report No. 91-5.
A study was conducted in the Washington Community and Technical College system on the quality of telecourses, current telecourse offerings, and plans for the use of telecourses. Where appropriate, findings for 1990-91 were compared with 1988-89 data. Study findings included the following: (1) the unduplicated headcount for telecourse enrollment in 1990-91 was 5,204, a 64% increase from the 3,178 enrollees in 1988-89; (2) 50% of telecourse students worked full-time and 38% were parents; (3) the median age of telecourse students dropped from 30 years in 1988-89 to 26 years in 1990-91; (4) in 1990-91, 17 (out of 19) community colleges offered telecourses to a total of 706 full time equivalent (FTE) students, an increase of 92% over the 367 FTE's in 1988-89; (5) all growth in telecourse FTE's since 1988-89 has been in academic subjects, with vocational subject areas showing a decline for the past 3 years; (6) there were no FTE's in basic skills telecourses in either 1988-89 or 1990-91; (7) more than 400 telecourses were offered in 1990-91, with half the courses in the social sciences, and one quarter in the natural sciences; (8) classes with 30 or more students grew from 12% to 17% of the total number of classes between 1988-89 and 1990-91; (9) in comparison with 1988-89 enrollees, 1990-91 students were more likely to be younger, female, white, working, and parents; (10) telecourse students were nearly twice as likely as other students to be preparing for transfer; and (11) there were an average of 27.3 student FTE's per FTE faculty in telecourses from 1988-89 through 1990-91. Data tables are included. (PAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, Olympia.