ERIC Number: ED305953
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-May
Reference Count: N/A
National Survey of ACE Programs.
Constantino, Ernesto A.
In 1987-88, a national survey was conducted to determine the adult/continuing education (ACE) policies and practices of large, urban community colleges. Questionnaires were mailed to ACE deans at 74 colleges, requesting information about program characteristics, funding sources, personnel, curriculum review, and marketing and publicity. Study findings, based on a 49% response rate, included the following: (1) more than 85% of the ACE programs offered continuing professional education and community education and personal development courses, workshops, and seminars; (2) the most popular ACE courses dealt with computers and computer applications; (3) tuition for ACE programs ranged from $0 in two California colleges to more than $40 per credit hour at two New England colleges, with the median tuition being $3.40 per credit hour; (4) the primary funding patterns involved combinations of state funding, cost-recovery fees, contracts with business or agencies, and grants; (5) at 35% of the colleges, the dean or associate dean had final curriculum approval; (6) ACE programs relied largely on part-time instructors, with 44% employing no full-time instructors at all; and (7) programs experiencing the largest declines in enrollment tended to be those offered at a large number of sites. Survey instruments are appended. (ALB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Chicago City Colleges, IL.
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