ERIC Number: ED161466
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Enrollment Patterns of Occupational Non-Credit Students in the Two-Year College.
Rigterink, James M.
A sample of 33 students who had taken a total of 71 occupational non-credit classes at Polk Community College were interviewed by telephone regarding their perceptions of their college experience. Of the students, 30% had completed one course and 57% had completed from two to five courses; reasons given by the 13% who did not complete courses were either personal circumstances or dissatisfaction with instruction. Two-thirds of the students made positive comments regarding the classes in which they enrolled; but only 39% made strictly positive comments about their overall experience. No relationship was found between students' negative or positive evaluation of their experience and later enrollment in credit courses. Regardless of their course experiences, students appraised the college itself very positively. However, they clearly indicated that better educational opportunities could be provided, especially in the area of classroom instruction. As the most frequent criticism of the program was poor teaching, policies were suggested to improve it, including seminars for instructors with inadequate preparation, and employment of regular college faculty in non-credit courses. Other study recommendations included: considering changing occupational courses from non-credit to credit; closer administrative supervision; written student evaluations; and increasing public awareness. (MB)
Descriptors: Adult Vocational Education, Community Colleges, Community Services, Course Evaluation, Enrollment Influences, Noncredit Courses, Part Time Faculty, Participant Satisfaction, Student Attitudes, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Surveys, Teacher Background, Teacher Education, Teacher Effectiveness, Teaching Skills, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education Teachers
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Polk Community Coll., Winter Haven, FL.