ERIC Number: ED412996
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Oct
A Survey of New Students in Spring 1997.
Glyer-Culver, Betty, M.
In fall 1996, California's Los Rios Community College District (LRCCD) undertook several initiatives to increase enrollment, including the construction of state-of-the-art computer laboratories to meet demands for high tech training and the expansion of course offerings to non-traditional times. To evaluate the effectiveness of these efforts, surveys were sent to 9,424 students attending LRCCD for the first time in spring 1997, requesting information on how they select classes, their satisfaction with their college and student services, and their scheduling preferences. Study findings, based on responses from only 14% (n=1,323) of the students, included the following: (1) the most important reasons for selecting classes were to gain job skills or to work towards a degree or certificate; (2) 82.6% agreed or strongly agreed that the classes they took in spring 1997 met their educational needs, compared to only 9.8% who disagreed or strongly disagreed; (3) 78.7% felt that their instructors were effective, while 77.5% agreed or strongly agreed that it was easy to get the classes they wanted; (4) 52.5% indicated that weekday evening classes were convenient, 37.5% weekday mornings, and 33.7% weekends; and (5) 57% preferred classes that last the traditional 18-week semester. (BCY)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Los Rios Community Coll. District, Sacramento, CA. Office of Planning and Research.