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ERIC Number: ED387156
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 30
Abstractor: N/A
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)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: John Tyler Community Coll., Chester, VA. Office of Assessment, Research, and Planning.