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ERIC Number: ED239684
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Pages: 140
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of the Telecourse Program at Saddleback College: Student Retention and Academic Achievement.
Smith, Jeanne
A study was conducted at Saddleback College to evaluate the retention, achievement, and satisfaction of students enrolled in the college's telecourse program. The study sample included all telecourse and on-campus students enrolled in courses in American government, human behavior, music, and marine biology in spring 1983. Study methods, which included student surveys and pre- and post-testing of subject mastery, focused on developing comparative profiles of students who finished the telecourses and those who did not; comparing the achievement of telecourse and on-campus students; and assessing the satisfaction of telecourse completers. Study findings included the following: (1) there were no differences between telecourse completers and non-completers in 21 of 26 questionnaire items regarding personal and academic characteristics (e.g., sex, age, marital status, ethnicity, college and high school grades, and occupational status); (2) in comparison to non-completers, completers more frequently preferred to study alone, were taking the course for degree requirements or career advancement, and had previously taken telecourses; and less often had problems taking courses on campus; (3) there was no significant difference in the post-test scores of the telecourse and on-campus students for any course; and (4) telecourse completers expressed overall satisfaction with their experience. Questionnaires are appended. (LAL)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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