ERIC Number: ED290514
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Dec
Course Selection and Decision Making at Johnson County Community College.
Johnson County Community Coll., Overland Park, KS. Office of Institutional Research.
In spring 1987, a study was conducted at Johnson County Community College (JCCC) to ascertain student preferences for courses which fulfilled a set of new degree requirements and to develop a broader understanding of factors affecting class selection decisions. A representative sample of JCCC students attending 32 classes was surveyed in class during the last week of March 1987. Study findings, based on responses from 541 completed surveys, included the following: (1) scheduling decisions were not influenced by registration method (e.g., walk-in, telephone, or late registration); (2) academic requirements were the most important factors in overall course selection; (3) "time of day class meets" was considered a major influence in selecting a particular class section by 90% of the respondents; (4) less than 30% of the respondents indicated that their enrollment decisions were influenced by the instructor assigned to teach a course; (5) of students who indicated a preference, 72.7% preferred male instructors to female instructors, 66.7% perferred younger to older instructors, 78.5% preferred experienced to new teachers, 83.9% preferred full-time to part-time teachers, and 88.6% preferred informal to formal teaching styles; (6) factors affecting the course selection decisions of students seeking degrees were similar to those affecting all students; and (7) dislike of instructor, scheduling conflicts, and bad grades were the primary reasons for dropping classes. The survey instrument is appended. (EJV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Johnson County Community Coll., Overland Park, KS. Office of Institutional Research.