ERIC Number: ED093379
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The British Open University in the United States; Adaptation and Use at Three Universities.
Hartnett, Rodney T.; And Others
An evaluation was performed to determine whether the materials of the British Open University could be adequately adapted for use in the United States. Three universities participated in the evaluation: the University of Houston, the University of Maryland, and Rutgers University. Each University differed in its interpretation of non-traditional study and in its use of the materials. Only foundation courses in humanities, science, and mathematics were studied, and the materials were principally correspondence texts and radio and television broadcasts on tape at the schools. By means of questionnaires and the Control Test of Academic Aptitude information relevant to staffing and course information, characteristics of the students, student attrition rates and academic performance, student course experiences, satisfactions, opinions, and attitudes, and the experiences and opinions of faculty members was obtained. The primary conclusion was that these methods and materials are generally appropriate for higher education institutions in the United States seeking to offer non-traditional programs. (WH)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Programs, Adult Students, Correspondence Study, Educational Radio, Educational Television, Evaluation, Extension Education, External Degree Programs, Home Study, Instructional Materials, Open Education, Part Time Students, Research Reports, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Universities
Office of New Degree Programs, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey 08540 ($5.00; if billing is requested, a $1.00 service fee will be added)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.; College Entrance Examination Board, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ. Office of New Degree Programs.