ERIC Number: ED154706
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
The Impact of Fee Schedule on Student Credit Hour Load.
Tilton, Betty; Turrisi, Ilona
The impact of changing fee schedules at Florida State University on average student loads is examined. The two types of schedules used in the study are the pre-credit-hour fee schedule and block fee schedule (set amount for full-time students regardless of number of hours). The major variables considered in the study are student level and credit hour load. A change in fee schedule (from block fee to credit hour fee) effects an irreversible change in student course loads. Examination of average student loads by level of student indicates that the average load decreases under the credit hour fee schedule. Tracking of the same students from one year to the next, however, produces a less drastic change. Thus students who entered the university under the block fee system tend to carry higher loads throughout their university career than do those who entered under the credit hour fee system. With the possibility of returning to a modified block system at hand, a survey of student preference was taken. In general, students indicated that personal preference rather than cost dictated the number of hours they carried. An overwhelming majority were satisfied with their progress toward completion of their degrees. Of the students expressing a preference for a fee schedule, only 52 percent preferred the block type versus 48 percent who preferred the current credit hour schedule. (Author/LBH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida State Univ., Tallahassee.