ERIC Number: ED385313
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Aug
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Increasing Institutional Effectiveness: A Continuous Effort after Accreditation.
West Virginia University at Parkersburg (WVUP) is a separately accredited campus of the University offering 2 baccalaureate, 10 associate, and 2 certificate programs. In response to concerns raised in a recent accreditation report, WVUP conducted a study examining student attitudes toward facilities, course scheduling, student advising, registration, and tutoring. Questionnaires were distributed to a random sample of students in April 1995, receiving usable responses from 1,149 students representing 34% of the total population. Results of the study indicated the following: (1) about 80% of respondents had met with their advisors, while 85% of these were satisfied with the service; (2) only 7% of students had used WVUP's child-care facilities; (3) 56% of respondents had used the computer labs on campus, but many felt that the facilities should be made more available; (4) the majority of students (56%) preferred a 2-day weekly course schedule, while one-third preferred a 3-day schedule; (5) 52% of students felt that WVUP's baccalaureate programs should be expanded; (6) 52% supported a Saturday registration alternative; (7) 36% felt that some courses that are offered only once a year should be offered in both semesters, 30% felt that some additional courses should be offered during the summer session in addition to the normal academic year, and 18% indicated that many required courses were not offered in the evenings; and (8) students supported adding varsity sports teams (49%), student lockers (38%), off-campus housing (28%), and public transportation (18%). (The survey instrument, student comment summary, and student ranking statistics for facility expansion and recreational programs are appended.) (MAB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Southeastern Association for Community College Research (24th, Asheville, NC, August 6-9, 1995).