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ERIC Number: ED140897
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Flexible Calendar Pilot Program 1976-77.
Walters, Henry R.
This document reports the results of an evaluation of Cosumnes River College's pilot year of operating on a flexible school calendar which provided for two 16-week semesters and a three week January intersession. The college had previously operated on a traditional calendar of two 18-week semesters. Evaluation of the alternate calendar was accomplished by questionnaire surveys of faculty, students, support staff, and administrative personnel, which indicated that the large majority of respondents favored adoption of the 16-week calendar. Among the reasons cited by 75% or more of the respondents in support of the flexible calendar were: intersession offered opportunities for short, concentrated student learning experiences, and for staff experimentation, planning, program development, and in-service training; and the 16-week fall semester ended before Christmas vacation, thus facilitating student transfer at midterm to a four-year college or university. All of the groups surveyed indicated they would disagree or strongly disagree with return to the 18-week calendar, and 70% indicated that the opportunity to adopt a flexible calendar should be extended to all California community colleges. The bulk of this document consists of tabulated responses to the evaluation questionnaire. (JDS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Cosumnes River Coll., Sacramento, CA.