ERIC Number: ED394553
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
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Chameleons in the Classroom: Meeting Students' Needs through Academic and Continuing Education Partnerships.
Dolezal, Pamala; Franks, Megan
In concurrent enrollment (CE) classes, academic and continuing education students enroll in courses that are held simultaneously, using the same classroom and instructors and having the same requirements and learning expectations. At North Harris College (NHC), in Texas, the introduction of CE was aided by a new strategic plan developed for the college in 1990 which reaffirmed NHC's commitment to excellence in a changing environment and the service of emerging, non-traditional needs in the new market. The first programs to initiate CE classes were offered in 1992 and included courses in the Physical Education, Fine Arts, and Business departments. At NHC, when partnerships are established between academic and continuing education courses, the academic instructor or associate dean designates a particular number of seats for CE students in the course. Benefits of CE at the college have included increased enrollment, which has resulted in offering some classes that would have been canceled otherwise; some students have transferred from CE classes to credit programs; and many CE students are professionals taking classes for advancement and can help other students. Problems have included convincing academic educators that continuing education is serious education, assuring lab supplies for CE students, and communicating information about CE sessions to adjunct faculty. (BCY)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: North Harris College TX
Note: In: The Olympics of Leadership: Overcoming Obstacles, Balancing Skills, Taking Risks. Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the National Community College Chair Academy (5th, Phoenix, AZ, February 14-17, 1996); see JC 960 276.