ERIC Number: ED308903
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Project for Adult College Education (PACE) Evaluation.
Hudson, Rochelle; And Others
The Project for Adult College Education (PACE) is a unique educational delivery system designed to meet the needs of working adults through television courses, conferences, seminars, theme-focused interdisciplinary courses, and team teaching. In March 1989, an evaluation of PACE was conducted in the Los Angeles Community College District, focusing on student characteristics, indicators of program quality, student outcomes, and faculty and student views of the program. Study findings included the following: (1) 91% of the PACE students intended to transfer to a four-year institution; (2) 88% were employed full time, and 27% were affiliated with a union; (3) course requirements in PACE classes included an average of 4.9 written and/or performance assignments, in addition to regular reading assignments; (4) semester-to-semester retention was higher in PACE than in regular classes; (5) within-semester retention in PACE was 74%; (6) in spring 1987, black students accounted for 27.4% of the PACE enrollment and 18.4% of the total enrollment; (7) PACE was found to exceed the program completion rate of regular programs by 20%; (8) PACE's program schedule and off-campus locations were major attractions for students; (9) 53.8% of the PACE students rated the quality of instruction as excellent; and (10) 92% of the PACE faculty gave the program a rating of good or excellent. Recommendations for improving the PACE program are included. (JMC)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Students, Community Colleges, Nontraditional Education, Nontraditional Students, Outcomes of Education, Outreach Programs, Participant Satisfaction, Program Evaluation, School Holding Power, Student Attitudes, Student Attrition, Student Characteristics, Teacher Attitudes, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Los Angeles Community Coll. District, CA.