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ERIC Number: ED140920
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of the Impact of Cancelling Classes.
Jones, Robert F.
The purposes of this study were to learn more about what students do who have one or more of their classes cancelled and to determine the fiscal efficacy of current college procedures with regard to cancelling classes having an enrollment of less than fifteen. A random sample of 918 was drawn from the entire student body as a control group, compared with all 767 students registered in cancelled classes in the fall of 1975. The main comparisons centered on changes in credit hour loads between the first and third weeks of classes. Loss of revenue was calculated at current tuition rates of $20 per credit hour, along with state aid of $700 per full-time equivalent student. It was found that (1) being in a cancelled class appears to increase the probability that a student will drop out of college completely; (2) a greater proportion of students in cancelled classes had originally enrolled in three or fewer credit hours than control group students; (3) the credit hour load of cancelled class students was less stable; and (4) students who were in cancelled classes tended to end with lighter loads than control group students. While all students averaged together decreased their credit load, the drop was five times greater for the cancelled class group. A hypothetical financial model based on these student behaviors demonstrated that the economics of cancelled classes with fewer than fifteen students may be misleading and grossly overstated. (RT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Montgomery Coll., Rockville, MD. Office of Institutional Research.