ERIC Number: ED172654
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: N/A
Appalachian Professional Development Center. Final Report.
West Virginia Coll. of Graduate Studies, Institute.
Through support from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, a model for providing graduate programs to full-time employed adults residing in remote locations of southern West Virginia was designed by the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies, a college that does not have a campus. The essence of the delivery model was to establish resource centers in remote locations that would enable students to complete coursework through use of mediated and printed self-instructional materials. Courses were constructed based on a systems model for instructional development. Workshops and seminars and demonstrations of the benefits of the model were conducted to gain full college commitment to the project. Six courses were developed and implemented, and a total of 597 students participated in the courses over two years. Attitudes toward the courses were surveyed, and approximately 80 percent of students indicated a positive attitude toward the course methods. Favorable results were also obtained from a cost analysis of the project. The effect of the program on the college is discussed. Course descriptions, course enrollment data, a sample attitude assessment instrument and results of course evaluation, sample formative evaluation instruments, and cost analysis instruments are appended. (SW)
Descriptors: Adult Students, Autoinstructional Aids, Cost Effectiveness, Course Evaluation, Curriculum Development, Delivery Systems, Demonstration Programs, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Independent Study, Learning Laboratories, Models, Noncampus Colleges, Program Descriptions, Records (Forms), Rural Areas, Systems Approach
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: West Virginia Coll. of Graduate Studies, Institute.