ERIC Number: ED303209
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: 0
QUEST: A Model Transfer Program and Evaluation of QUEST Program.
Holohan, Ronald J.
These reports describe and evaluate Illinois Central College's Quality Undergraduate Education for Student Transfers (QUEST) program. The core of the program is to develop in students 15 competencies identified as essential to an educated person: communication skills, mathematics skills, appreciation of physical well-being, understanding of the natural world, understanding of our society, understanding of technology, understanding of our cultural heritage, information-gathering skills, critical thinking skills, effective group interaction, self-examination/self-worth, tolerance and social responsibility, leadership, intellectual curiosity, and an individual value system. All of the competencies are taught across the curriculum, but seven are also the focus of specific courses. The program emphasizes active modes of teaching and learning, including small group work, study groups, independent study, and open-ended assignments. The program seeks to foster the sense that students belong to a community of learning, through a mentor program, an orientation program, assessments of students' talents and interests, cultural activities, and service to the community. The descriptive report discusses the 15 competencies, teaching methods, and the development of a community of learning. The evaluative report considers program costs and revenue, enrollments, retention rates, academic performance, and responses to a student survey regarding QUEST and its effect on their academic life. Appendixes present the results of high school counselor interviews; results of a faculty survey; QUEST faculty meeting notes; a survey of sophomore QUEST students; a summary of pre- and post-assessments of learning; and a QUEST manual. (AJL)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Core Curriculum, Courses, Curriculum Development, General Education, Humanistic Education, Program Content, Program Costs, Program Descriptions, Program Design, Program Evaluation, Teaching Methods, Transfer Programs, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Central Coll. East Peoria.