ERIC Number: ED164051
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: N/A
Charting as a Management Technique for Course Offerings at Off Campus Sites/De Anza College, Fall 1978-1979.
Charles, Richard F.
Charting is based on the assumptions that relevant curricula will attract and maintain student interest, and that continued poor enrollment in courses is indicative of weaknesses in instruction, curriculum, or site/environment. Charting success or failure in these areas within the model of weekly student contact hours, average daily attendance (ADA), and enrollments can provide managers with a low cost, accurate, and simple tool for program evaluation. Decisions of when to cancel or offer certain classes are typically influenced by space availability, resource limitations, program territoriality, and personal biases. At De Anza College, these decisions are based on scientifically accumulated and analyzed data; class seat information is used to chart enrollments for four critical periods: pre-enrollment, first class meeting, first census period, and second census period. Minimum and maximum enrollments are established with parameters for amount of monies available, cost of program, and political climate. Formulas for successful maintenance of funding for ADA counts are based on student retention factors and gross enrollment figures. Observations based on De Anza's experience with charting, their policies regarding class cancellation, and their use of gross enrollment numbers to determine course success are presented. Data tables summarize rate of retention and gross enrollment by site, program, and for single course offerings. (MB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: De Anza Coll., Cupertino, CA.