ERIC Number: ED152174
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Reference Count: 0
External Degrees: Program and Student Characteristics.
Sosdian, Carol P.
Based on data collected for the first phase of a study conducted by the Bureau of Social Research in cooperation with the American Council on Education, this report examines the education- and work-related experiences of graduates from external degree programs at the undergraduate level to gather baseline information about how well such degrees have served their holders. Focus is on their usefulness in the world of work and the extent to which they provide access to higher-level degree programs. "External" degree programs are defined in this inventory as basically nonclassroom, nonresidential. Details concerning the procedural and conceptual decisions guiding the compilation of this inventory are included in the report. As a companion to this report, a directory of institutions surveyed, naming and describing the external degree programs they host, is being published concurrently. Findings are reported in this study regarding the emphasis within the programs, credentialing effectiveness, the consistently comparatively small enrollment, and conventional admission, grading, and examination systems. A total of 134 institutions granting associate degrees and 244 granting bachelors degrees was found. Appended are (1) sources used in developing listing of external degree programs and (2) institution survey questionnaires. (LBH)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Students, Articulation (Education), Associate Degrees, Bachelors Degrees, Education Work Relationship, Employment Opportunities, External Degree Programs, Followup Studies, Graduate Surveys, Higher Education, National Surveys, Nontraditional Students, Outcomes of Education, Part Time Students, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, Research Methodology, Statistical Data, Student Characteristics
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Education and Work Group.
Note: For related docuemnt see HE 009 755