ERIC Number: ED312017
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Report of the Task Force on Continuing Education and Non-Credit Instruction.
Ernest, Richard J.; And Others
The Task Force on Continuing Education and Non-Credit Instruction was appointed to develop specific strategies for expanding lifelong learning and non-credit instruction in the Virginia community colleges. The task force reviewed a report on the state funding of non-credit instruction; wrote to the community college coordinating offices in 17 states to obtain information on lifelong learning and non-credit instruction; and conducted on-site visits to institutions and statewide coordinating offices in 7 states. The task force found Virginia nearly alone in its lack of funding support for continuing education non-credit instruction and the only state requiring that noncredit course fees pay for general overhead costs in addition to all direct costs. The following guidelines were proposed to ensure appropriate state funding for non-credit instruction: (1) non-credit continuing education courses that are designed to provide occupational skills/knowledge or otherwise contribute to economic development, courses addressing the problems of state and local governments, and courses designed to meet the needs of disadvantaged populations should be eligible for state funding; (2) state-supported non-credit courses shall meet specific quality standards; and (3) avocational and recreational courses shall be specifically excluded from state funding support. Criteria proposed as the basis for determining the amount of state support included the following: 15 contact hours in a non-credit course shall equal one semester credit in computing an equated annual full-time equivalent student (FTES); FTES generated from qualified non-credit courses shall be funded at the same rate as FTES generated by credit courses; and there shall be a common fee structure for the system. Reports on site visits are appended. (AYC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Virginia State Dept. of Community Colleges, Richmond.
Identifiers - Location: Virginia