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ERIC Number: ED131881
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of a Non-Traditional College: Costs and Effectiveness.
McIntyre, Catherine E.; Wales, Christy A.
This document compares the operating effectiveness and costs associated with Whatcom Community College (WCC), a non-campus educational system, to estimated alternative costs of a traditional campus operation for WCC. Comparative data were obtained by using three other colleges as proxy institutions for a hypothetical campus-based WCC. Among the findings of the evaluation were: (1) WCC without a campus performed at least as well as a WCC with a campus in meeting the majority of its operating goals; (2) WCC without a campus did no better than its counterpart at assessing and meeting the needs of target groups; (3) educational services were adequately provided without a campus; (4) WCC without a campus spent 10% less per student and 6% less per course; and (5) one-third less in instructional costs per student was spent in the non-campus operation. Overall, WCC without a campus appeared to be doing at least as well as the average performance of other campus-based colleges. Appended are three WCC documents entitled: (1) WCC Looks at First Six Years; (2) Internal Mandates; and (3) How a College Without a Campus Plans to House its Services. Also appended are tabular data used in the study. (JDS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington State Board for Community Coll. Education, Seattle. Research and Planning Office.