ERIC Number: ED395612
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Mar-14
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Strategies for Increasing Enrollment and WSCH during a Period of Downsizing.
Moyer, Richard A.
The enrollment declines currently being experienced by many community colleges can reduce the number of classes offered, which in turn can result in a lack of basic skills training for underprepared entering students. To help increase enrollment and weekly student contact hours (WSCH) and respond to the needs of underprepared students, Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC), in California, has developed strategies and programs working with both area high schools and currently enrolled students. Partnerships with local high schools include an "afternoon college" from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., offering high school students credit classes in basic skills and personal development; advanced mathematics classes for students at a local Science Magnet; and WSCH-generating classes helping students prepare for the Scholastic Aptitude Test. Efforts undertaken by the college to increase WSCH among students already enrolled include the addition of directed studies components to pre-existing classes, the development of WSCH-generating tutorial classes, and the implementation of a "Guarantee Day" at the beginning of semesters and an "Add Desk" in the administration building to respond to student demands for additional courses and course sections. In addition to these existing programs, proposed strategies include providing refresher courses or fundamentals classes for underprepared students, offering remedial classes in civics to assist non-native students, and providing faculty or paraprofessional assistance to students in college-level skills classes through laboratory sessions. (TGI)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Los Angeles Valley College CA
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association of California Community College Administrators (21st, Costa Mesa, CA, March 13-15, 1996).