ERIC Number: ED314108
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Oct
PACE Survey Results, Spring 1987. Institutional Research.
Isaksen, Leonard W.
In spring 1987, a self-study was conducted of the Los Angeles Community College District's Project for Adult College Education (PACE) to determine what current and former PACE students, faculty, and administrators felt were the strengths and weaknesses of the program. Using an integrated course approach, PACE permits students to complete an associate degree in five semesters, attending classes with students of similar ages, maturity, and level of commitment. Study findings, based on survey responses from 1,476 of 2,459 current PACE students, 42 former students, and 49 of the 57 PACE faculty members, included the following: (1) among current students, 84% were over 24 years old, 88% worked at least 30 hours per week, 77% were women, and 46% were White, 27% Black, 19% Hispanic, and 3% Asian; (2) 71% of the current PACE students had completed some college units before enrolling in the program, 55% qualified for college-level English courses, and 80% indicated that transferring to a four-year university was their primary goal; (3) most current students gave high ratings to the quality of in-class PACE instruction and claimed that the program had improved their writing and reading skills and their understanding of other cultures; (4) 68% were interested in pursuing further studies; (5) the only component of PACE that received a negative rating from a majority of students was the televised material, with 61% indicating that the television programs added little or nothing to their education; (6) only 50% of the students felt that they were given appropriate advance information to prepare themselves for the demands of the PACE program, 32% reported inadequate counseling for transfer, and 25% felt that weekend conferences had little or no effect on their learning process; and (7) only 62% of the responding PACE faculty members felt that they had received adequate preparation for the program, and 24% did not feel that the PACE offerings satisfied learning requirements for equivalent transfer courses in their disciplines. The bulk of the report consists of data tables, providing an item-by-item analysis of survey responses, from each group, by college. The survey questionnaires are attached. (WJT)
Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: West Los Angeles Coll., Culver City, CA.