ERIC Number: ED452936
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
The Impact of College Hour upon Class Enrollments. Research Report.
Kingston, Jane; Head, Ronald B.
This study examines the possible effects of "College Hour" upon class enrollments at Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) (Virginia). College Hour is a one-hour block of time on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 12:20 to 1:20 p.m., when no classes are taught. Instead, the time is dedicated to students' activities and faculty/staff committee meetings. During the four fall terms prior to instituting College Hour, the average number of MWF classes during the five class periods surrounding college hour was 63, and the average number of students enrolled was 1,491. In 1997 and the three fall terms following, the average number of classes offered was 52, and the average number of students enrolled was 1,271. After College Hour was instituted, the number of classes taught during these periods dropped by 11, or 17%, and enrollments fell by 220, or 15%. What happened to students displaced by College Hour? A convincing argument can be made that they simply took classes during corresponding hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Prior to College Hour, fewer students enrolled in TTh classes than in MWF classes; since College Hour was instituted, the trend has been reversed, and now, considerably more students enroll in TTh classes than in MWF classes. (JA)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Piedmont Virginia Community Coll., Charlottesville, VA. Office of Institutional Research and Planning.