ERIC Number: ED119778
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
An Inquiry into the Factors Underlying Class Schedule Changes.
Broadbent, William A.
During the spring semester of 1975, Leeward Community College conducted an investigation of student class schedule changes. A survey instrument was designed, and its completion was made a requirement for students requesting schedule changes. The resulting number of cases analyzed was 2,227, representing a decline of 1,873 from the number of schedule changes in the fall semester. The overwhelming majority of changes, 85.4 percent, involved adding courses. Most course withdrawals, on the other hand, appear to be initiated by faculty members. Over 25 percent of the requests involved a shift from one section of a course to another. Twenty percent of the respondents listed "inconvenient time" as their reason for initiating a change. This was the most frequently mentioned reason. However, many respondents said that they were unable to register for the courses they wanted during the initial registration period. In fact, 25 percent of all the students changing had registered late in the initial registration period. However, since 17 percent of the changes were initiated by students registering on the first day possible, insufficient or inadequate advisement evidently is also a factor in producing schedule changes. Demographic information on the survey population is provided; data are tabulated; and the survey instrument is appended. (NHM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Hawaii Univ., Honolulu. Leeward Community Coll.