ERIC Number: ED224383
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
Barber-Scotia College: Needs Assessment of Education Program.
Olagunju, Amos O.
The need to continue or renew the Teacher Certificate Program at Barber-Scotia College was examined. Data are presented on student enrollments in the education programs during 1977-1980 by subject area and sophomore, junior, and senior classification. Although student enrollment declines were found in education programs at the college, an evaluation of 1977, 1979, and 1981 graduates appeared to indicate that the education program provided more career opportunities than other major courses at the college. According to the Education Division Head, the only major reason affecting student attrition was a requirement that a grade point average of 2.50 be maintained. Other possible reasons for poor performance of education majors may include undertaking too many credit hours in a semester and not enough flexibility in the required core courses. Based on the findings, it is recommended that education programs at the college be continued and a support program for education majors be established, including tutoring and remedial classes. It is noted that some southern colleges and universities are attempting to limit the enrollments in teacher education programs in response to a reported national surplus of teachers. It is proposed that such a limitation at a predominantly black college like Barber-Scotia may be unwise, and that the 1980 enrollment of 31 education students needs to be increased to the 1977 level of 74 students. In the attempt to increase student enrollments, the college's standards should be preserved. (SW)
Descriptors: Black Colleges, College Desegregation, College Programs, College Students, Declining Enrollment, Education Majors, Employment Opportunities, Enrollment Trends, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Needs Assessment, Preservice Teacher Education, Program Evaluation, Student Attrition, Teacher Supply and Demand
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Barber-Scotia Coll., Concord, NC.