ERIC Number: ED201349
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar-27
Eight-Year Follow-Up Study of Black Hawk College's Non-Traditional Degree Graduates.
Stevens, Mary A.
During 1980, Black Hawk Community College conducted a follow-up study of the 92 students who had graduated with an Associate in Liberal Arts (ALS) degree since 1973. The degree differs from the college's more traditional degrees in emphasizing less restrictive residency requirements, opportunities to develop a personalized course of instruction, and procedures for granting credit for prior, non-sponsored learning. The study involved an examination of student records to determine: (1) a demographic profile of the graduates; (2) their college grade point average; (3) the average length of their enrollment prior to receiving the ALS; (4) the percentage who had received a general education equivalency diploma rather than a high school diploma; and (5) the number of graduates who had used the College Level Examination Program, proficiency tests, or transfer credits to complete ALS requirements. A mailed survey of the graduates was also conducted to determine the degree to which graduates had used nontraditional modes of instruction, such as cable television and independent study, graduate perceptions of the effect of the ALS on career, earnings, and the quality of life; and the proportion of ALS graduates who subsequently enrolled in a baccalaureate program. The study report reviews literature dealing with nontraditional degree programs, details findings and compares them to those of a similar 1976 study, and outlines recommendations. (JP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Information Analyses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Black Hawk Coll., Moline, IL.