ERIC Number: ED302295
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Nov-18
Reference Count: 0
The Impact on ADA Associated with Entering the Lock-Out Mode of a Computerized Prerequisite Checking System. Institutional Research Report Number 72.
Kangas, Jon Alan
When a discipline enters the lock-out mode in the San Jose/Evergreen Community College District, the computer prevents a student from registering in any course in that discipline unless he/she has completed all prerequisites for that course. To determine how this registration process affected enrollments, average daily attendance (ADA) figures were calculated for seven disciplines for the semesters before and after the disciplines entered the lock-out mode. The disciplines were Art, Computer Technology, Electronics, English, English as a Second Language (ESL), Laser, and Math. Study findings included the following: (1) Art ADA increased by 29.63% between fall 1986 and 1987; (2) Computer Technology, Laser, and Electronics entered the lock-out mode during a long-term decline in the local electronics industry, which may have been a contributing factor to the more than 25% declines in ADA in Computer Technology and Laser following lock-out; (3) during the first semester of lock-out, English experienced a decline of 7.62, paralleling the District's overall 7.91% ADA decline; (4) English and ESL recovered their drop in ADA during the second semester of lock out; (5) ESL decreased 15.32% from spring 1986 to spring 1987, during a complete revision of the ESL program in which class size was reduced and the number of units reduced for some courses; and (6) Math increased 6% in ADA from fall 1986 to fall 1987. The study suggested that it was possible to enforce prerequisites without major and permanent decline in ADA. Much of the data is presented in chart and graph form. (AJL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: San Jose/Evergreen Community Coll. District, San Jose, CA.