ERIC Number: ED396787
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Power Package: An Alternative to Traditional Course Scheduling.
Messina, Robert C., Jr.; And Others
In response to a projected enrollment decline for spring 1995, Burlington County College, in New Jersey, offered "Power Package" courses, or 11, 45-hour courses held over 3 weekends, to attract more credit students. In response to questions regarding the academic validity of these alternative courses, the college undertook a study to evaluate their effectiveness. Data were collected from a telephone survey of 91 of the 185 students who took a weekend course, college records on student characteristics and grades, surveys of faculty, student course evaluations, and in-class surveys of students administered by faculty. An analysis of responses revealed the following: (1) women comprised 59% of the students enrolled, while minority students comprised 22%; (2) 89% of the students indicated that they would enroll in another Power Package course, but only 11% had done so as of summer 1996; (3) 7 of the 8 instructors surveyed said that they would teach another course, while 8 of all 11 instructors have done so; (4) 44% of the students indicated that they had learned the same amount in the courses as they would have in traditional courses, while 43% thought that they had learned more; and (5) 66% of the students responded that there was more student and instructor interaction in the weekend courses than in regular courses. The student and faculty survey instruments are appended. (TGI)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Declining Enrollment, Educational Innovation, Enrollment Management, Experimental Curriculum, Instructional Innovation, Participant Satisfaction, Program Effectiveness, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Weekend Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Burlington County College NJ
Note: Paper presented at the Consortium for Community College Development's Annual Summer Institute (8th, Charleston, SC, June 23-26, 1996).