ERIC Number: ED331537
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Weekend Classes at Parkland College.
Designed to provide data and recommendations for the expansion of Saturday offerings in Illinois' Parkland College's (PC's) weekend program this report examines PC's current program, drawing on information from exemplary weekend programs at other institutions and on a survey of interest among PC's Saturday students. First, a student profile, based upon the characteristics of Spring 1991 Saturday students, indicates that females were more likely than males to enroll in Saturday classes, 68% of the Saturday students were 25 years of age or older, and 66% of the Saturday enrollees were pursuing a career-oriented degree. Following a brief overview of the development of weekend colleges, the report explores program characteristics at both two- and four-year institutions, including credit and non-credit offerings, and frequency and scheduling of classes. Next, weekend class offerings and enrollment at PC are reviewed. The results of the Saturday student survey are then presented. Selected findings, based on responses from 248 students (45%) in 21 classes, include the following: (1) the most often cited reasons for enrolling in Saturday classes were convenience for work or for home schedules; (2) respondents' ranking of day and time preferences were, in order of priority, Saturday morning, Monday to Thursday evenings, Saturday afternoons, and Friday evenings; and (3) students' most frequent suggestion for program improvement was to "offer a greater variety of courses." The report concludes with a discussion of recommendations concerning the variety of courses offered; scheduling strategies, staff development, and program evaluation. The questionnaire is appended. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Parkland Coll., Champaign, IL.