ERIC Number: ED196376
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Aug-29
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The Development of a Weekend Undergraduate Program as a New Delivery System for an Urban Business School: A Response to the Societal Needs of a Specific Clientele.
Sutherland, Lee W.
As a prerequisite to developing an undergraduate weekend college for the School of Management at Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts, a literature review and correspondence with institutions providing a weekend college were undertaken. The study objective was to discover which institutions offer such a program, how they operate, the advantages and disadvantages of the program, and information on implementing such a program. Because of a lack of uniformity, the following definition of a weekend college was developed: a college program offering courses for credit exclusively on weekends and leading to a degree. Attention was directed to the psychological aspects of adults entering a threatening environment of school after a reasonable absence. The following areas are considered: historic background of the weekend college; the student market; what motivates the adult student, the adult woman, the veteran; the student market in general; costs and profits; admission requirements; counseling; admission testing; transfer of credit; credit for life experiences; curriculum and degrees; and the future. Information on the programs at the 13 surveyed colleges is presented, along with proposed scheduling for Suffolk University for the masters, bachelors, and associates degrees. It is concluded that the adult market is the most viable source of students and that the weekend college is profitable. It is recommended that Suffolk University should immediately consider initiating the weekend program. Steps necessary to institute the program are outlined. The schedule of the existing Saturday Executive MBA program and a bibliography are included. (SW)
Descriptors: Admission Criteria, Adult Students, Associate Degrees, Bachelors Degrees, Business Administration Education, College Admission, College Curriculum, Delivery Systems, Educational Counseling, Educational Demand, Educational Finance, Experiential Learning, Females, Higher Education, Masters Degrees, Nontraditional Education, Program Development, School Surveys, Transfer Policy, Undergraduate Study, Urban Universities, Veterans, Weekend Programs
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Reports - Research
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