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ERIC Number: ED396787
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Jun
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: 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)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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).