ERIC Number: ED387156
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
John Tyler Community College Weekend College: The First Semester.
John Tyler Community Coll., Chester, VA. Office of Assessment, Research, and Planning.
The Weekend College (WEC) at Virginia's John Tyler Community College (JTCC) is an 8-week program offering classes every other weekend as well as student-directed learning activities outside the classroom. The program was begun in spring 1995, offering 9 courses and enrolling 152 students. To judge the effectiveness of the WEC, data were collected from student records, final course grades, and responses from 115 students to a survey distributed in the last class period. Results of the assessment included the following: (1) 80% of the students were female, 73% were white, 24% were black, and two-thirds were first-generation college students; (2) 20% of the students were new to JTCC, while 16% had returned after an absence of 3 or more semesters; (3) 38% were enrolled in arts and sciences for transfer programs, 18% in business management programs, and approximately one-quarter in non-curricular programs; (4) the most common reason cited for enrolling in the WEC program was that the classes fit the students' schedules; (5) the quality of instruction was rated as excellent or very good by 91%, compared to similar ratings by 75% for the quality of service of the WEC office and 62% for the quality of WEC offerings; (6) 88% indicated that they would recommend the program to a friend; and (7) 43% of the WEC students received A's, compared to 35% of JTCC's traditional students. (WEC eligibility requirements, the survey instrument, and student comments are appended.) (KP)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Ancillary School Services, College Outcomes Assessment, Community Colleges, Educational Quality, Enrollment Influences, Grades (Scholastic), Participant Satisfaction, Program Effectiveness, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Surveys, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Weekend Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: John Tyler Community Coll., Chester, VA. Office of Assessment, Research, and Planning.