ERIC Number: ED258673
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Report on the Summer 1983 Alternate Work Schedule. Research Monograph III.
In summer 1983, Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) shortened its operating hours on an experimental basis. The building was open Monday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and a half day on Friday, while instructional areas were open for the most part only Monday through Thursday. A committee was established in July to monitor and study the effects of the scheduling in terms of cost factors, student success indicators and attitude, and employee attitude and sick leave usage. The committee's findings included the following: (1) there was no significant difference in student completion rates across the past four summers; (2) 86% of the students were enrolled in one or two classes, with an even distribution of day and evening classes; (3) the elimination of Friday classes affected only 19.4% of the respondents; (4) negative student comments dealt with difficulties getting to the Testing Center and labs; (5) 25% of the students felt the shortened schedule had a positive effect on their success, study time, and commuting, while 68.1% said it had no effect at all; (6) college administrators identified twice as many benefits as problems with the scheduling; (7) faculty members were not seriously affected by the schedule; (8) classified employees indicated they had some problems with tiredness and illness due to the long hours, though sick leave figures did not show significant differences from the previous summers; and (9) there was a significant reduction in electrical usage. The study found no major difficulties with the summer schedule and some major benefits. (AYC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Oklahoma City Community Coll., OK.