ERIC Number: ED093397
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-May-30
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of Experimental Four-Day Week Class Schedule, January Through April 1974 at Lake City Community College.
Due to the energy disturbance during the fall and winter of 1973-74, Lake City Community College experimented with a 4-days-per-week schedule of classes. a student evaluation of the 4-day week was completed by 58 percent of the full-time students. Fifty-one percent of the total student sample preferred the 4-day week, and 30 percent preferred the 5-day week. Forty-five percent of the students reported that they preferred a class period of one hour, and in a related item rating classroom activities, 44 percent reported no difference in classroom activities when the short and longer periods were compared. A total of 58 percent reported that they worked or were on a work/study program. These working students also reported that they were able to work more with a 4-day class schedule. The administrative staff (deans, department heads, program directors, and student services personnel) completed a narrative evaluation. Lists of advantages, disadvantages, and suggestions were prepared from these evaluations. The Learning Resources Center experienced a decline in services ranging from 15 percent to 44 percent. An analysis of class schedules for variation in services, enrollment data, and grades revealed no change that could be attributed to the 4-day week. An analysis of energy consumption over the years 1970-1974 indicated that energy was saved, but the amount contributed to the total energy-saving program by the 4-day week could not be determined with reliability. (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Lake City Community Coll., FL.