ERIC Number: ED129182
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Evaluation of a Course by Newspaper: "American Issues Forum I: American Society in the Making."
Kaplan, Oscar J.
The third national Course by Newspaper entitled "American Issues Forum I: American Society in the Making" was presented by the University Extension, University of California, San Diego starting in September 1975. A series of 18 articles appeared weekly in 432 newspapers. A total of 221 colleges and universities participated in the program, enrolling 3,956 students in the course for credit. Approximately four thousand additional persons bought the text used in the course but did not enroll. Impact of the course was measured by five studies: (1) 3,000 telephone interviews were completed with participating newspaper subscribers in eight geographic areas; (2) 500 interviews of subscribers to the San Diego "Evening Tribune" were conducted; (3) a mail survey was made of persons who purchased the text used but who did not enroll in the course for credit; (4) a multiple-choice examination was given at the end of the course at the institutions affiliated with the program; and (5) a mail questionnaire survey was made of the opinions of instructors and course coordinators involved in the program. Profiles were developed on the age, sex, educational attainment, and other characteristics of newspaper subscribers, course enrollees, and book purchasers who did not seek college credit. These data were compared with similar data gathered on previous newspaper courses. (Author/JMF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
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