ERIC Number: ED217955
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Oct-15
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An Analysis of the Student Population Enrolled in Alternative Delivery System Courses.
Holleman, John J.
Vista College, a non-campus college which offers classes in a number of community locations, has developed several strategies to meet the needs of student groups not previously served fully by the Peralta Community College District, including worker-students, older adults, the handicapped, and women. A survey was conducted in 1981 to obtain information on the effectiveness of alternative delivery courses (i.e., courses by television, radio, newspaper, and other forms of independent study) in enrolling the new student groups. Survey responses from 154 of the 729 students enrolled in alternative delivery courses in fall 1981 were compared with data about the general student population and with findings from a 1979 student survey. These comparisons revealed: (1) the average age of students enrolled in alternative delivery courses (36.2 years) was eight years less than the college average; (2) the percentage of Caucasian students was slightly higher than in the college population as a whole; (3) the proportion of females to males (2 to 1) reflected the same proportions as the general student body; and (4) 27.2% of the alternative delivery students were attending college to earn a degree, 24.5% for professional or job improvement, and 39.1% for general interest. Based on the study, the expansion of recruitment in alternative delivery courses was recommended, especially among groups that had not previously been served. The survey instrument is appended. (Author/HB)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Delivery Systems, Educational Radio, Enrollment Trends, Independent Study, Newspapers, Noncampus Colleges, Nontraditional Education, Nontraditional Students, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Student Characteristics, Student Educational Objectives, Student Recruitment, Telecourses, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Research
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