ERIC Number: ED255258
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Telecourse Student Survey, 1984.
Brey, Ron; Grigsby, Charles
In spring 1984, almost 8,000 students, who were enrolled in 42 different college-credit telecourses, were surveyed to determine the students' background, how they learned about telecourses, and how they intended to view programs. Data from the study were tabulated by state, course type, and selected individual courses and were cross-tabulated and subjected to discriminate analysis. Study findings included the following: (1) compared to on-campus students, telecourse students were more likely to be women, to have dependents at home, and to be employed; (2) there were significant age differences among students, depending on the course offered, with professional development courses especially tending to attract older students; (3) 68% of the students were women, 44% were over 29 years of age, 84% were Caucasian, 54% were married, and 81% were employed; (4) students enrolled in business and data processing courses were most likely to have learned about the courses in newspaper advertisements, while students enrolled in English and social sciences courses tended to have been referred to these courses by friends; (5) 63% of the students were currently enrolled in on-campus courses; (6) more than half of the telecourse students enrolled in telecourses because on-campus attendance did not fit into their schedules; and (7) 85% of the students viewed the telecourses at home. The questionnaire is appended. (LAL)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Students, College Attendance, Community Colleges, Educational Background, Enrollment Influences, Information Sources, Intellectual Disciplines, National Surveys, Questionnaires, Student Characteristics, Student Recruitment, Telecourses
American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 410, Washington, DC 20036 ($5.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, Washington, DC. Instructional Telecommunications Consortium.
Note: A project of the Instructional Telecommunications Consortium. Funded by the Annenberg/CPB Project.