ERIC Number: ED300091
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: N/A
Honors Program Evaluation, Fall 1986.
San Diego Community Coll. District, CA. Research and Planning.
In fall 1986, the San Diego Community College District initiated a pilot project to develop and offer an honors curriculum. After the first semester, during which 11 courses were offered to 110 students, an evaluation was conducted, consisting of the development of a profile of participants, a survey of students who withdrew from the program, and course evaluations by faculty and students. The evaluation revealed that: (1) of the 110 students who originally enrolled in the honors program, 32% withdrew; (2) 95% were enrolled in only one honors course; (3) more than 50% of the students were over 29 years old; (4) minorities were underrepresented in the honors program; (5) the majority of the students who dropped out of the program cited conflicts with their work schedule or a heavy workload as the reasons; (6) half of the students who dropped out of the program had never attended a class; (7) 64.4% of the honors students felt that the course required more class participation and 83.3% felt it had higher standards of performance than regular courses; (8) faculty indicated that the academic performance of honors students was considerably higher than that of regular students; and (9) methods used to teach the honors courses varied, though lectures, class discussions, and oral presentations were common. Survey instruments are appended. (AYC)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Course Evaluation, Curriculum Development, Dropouts, Honors Curriculum, Multicampus Districts, Participant Satisfaction, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, School Surveys, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Two Year Colleges, Withdrawal (Education)
San Diego Community College District, Office of Research and Planning, 3375 Camino del Rio South, San Diego, CA 92108 (free while supplies last).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: San Diego Community Coll. District, CA. Research and Planning.