ERIC Number: ED385316
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The Project for Adult College Education (PACE): Student Characteristics, Perceptions, and Writing Development. ERIC Digest.
McCarthy, J. Christopher
The Project for Adult College Education (PACE) is a general education core curriculum designed for working adults. PACE students receive approximately half the classroom hours in each subject area that they would in a traditional classroom. The balance of time is devoted to viewing course-related instructional television and participating in weekend conference lectures or activities. The program was developed in the mid-1970's and was designed to take into account the barriers to higher education facing working adults. While some faculty view PACE as an easy way to earn a degree, supporters point to PACE's positive elements, such as writing-across-the-curriculum and the conferences which provide valuable learning experiences outside of the traditional lecture. Concerns about the viability of the PACE curriculum led to a spring 1993 survey of 291 PACE students at Los Angeles, California's Harbor College. Survey results indicated the following: (1) the PACE program had an older student body than traditional programs; (2) 94% of respondents intended to transfer, and over half had left college earlier but returned through PACE; (3) over 99% gave the program and quality of instruction passing grades, and 93% felt that the classroom time was adequate; (4) the highest rated aspects of the program included the condensed curriculum, evening and Saturday schedule, quality of instruction, faculty involvement, students' sense of belonging, and coursework focused on important issues; and (5) the element most often criticized was the currency of television programming. (KP)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Community Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.