ERIC Number: ED161491
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Traditional vs. Non-Traditional Calendar: A Case Analysis of Faculty, Students and Administrative Opinions in a Medium-Sized Public Community College. Report 78-79-02.
Parrish, Richard M.; Pascale, Marie
After reviewing types of college calendars (traditional semester, early semester, trimester, and quarter) and previous research on the use of various school calendars, this paper describes a survey conducted by Ocean County College, a medium-sized college currently using a traditional semester calendar, to determine the views of students, faculty, and administrators regarding alternative calendars. The 155-member college assembly, which included faculty, administrators, and students (response rate was 78%), and 345 students enrolled in English classes, representing 6.4% or the total student population, were surveyed. Results indicated that 52% of all assembly members, including 62% of the teacher members (N=72), preferred the traditional calendar; however, 54% (N=39) of the administrators and 83% (N=6) of the student members preferred another calendar. For the student sample, 47% preferred another calendar and 46% preferred the traditional one. Members of both groups, whether they favored the traditional calendar or not, were asked about their preferences with regard to (1) beginning the 16-week semester early (43% in favor) and either having a long January break or beginning the spring semester in mid-January; or (2) shortening the winter semester (37% in favor) and either lengthening the spring term or adding a mini-term in January or June. (MB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ocean County Coll., Toms River, NJ.