ERIC Number: ED172648
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of an Innovative Academic Calendar and Its Effectiveness; Final Report.
Wisconsin Univ., Oshkosh.
The impact of an alternative calendar that was developed to meet the needs of present and projected university constituencies at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh was assessed. The calendar combines a traditional two-semester system of 17 weeks each and an eight-week summer session with an alternative calendar that divides the fall and spring semester each into three modules and a summer semester into two four-week modules. The evaluation project, sponsored by the Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education, sought to: (1) determine changes in attitude and campus activities and climate as a result of the new calendar; (2) measure student and faculty attitudes toward unique instructional formats, teaching strategies, and calendar time periods; (3) evaluate student performance in courses with various instructional formats and strategies; (4) evaluate the effectiveness of calendar activities in meeting the needs of specific student interest groups, part-time adult learners, commuting students, and others; and (5) assess the effective responses of faculty to the faculty development program that involves compensation for additional service for curriculum development, research opportunities, and inservice training. A summary chronology of evaluation activities, budget information, and findings and the following appendices are included: the evaluation team report, a report to the faculty on the calendar, and abstracts of two doctoral dissertations on the calendar. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Environment, Compensation (Remuneration), Faculty Development, Higher Education, Institutional Evaluation, Instructional Innovation, Program Evaluation, Research Opportunities, Scheduling, School Schedules, Student Attitudes, Student Needs, Teacher Attitudes, Trimester System
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Oshkosh.