ERIC Number: ED456882
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Research Report: Alternative Calendar Student Survey.
Eleven classes from the San Jacinto campus and ten classes from the Menifee Valley campus of Mount San Jacinto College (MSJC) (California) participated in a survey designed to obtain students' preferences for an alternative 16-6-16-6 academic calendar. Stratified random sampling techniques were used to obtain representative courses from across the curriculum and for time-of-day offerings. Completed surveys were returned by 322 students. The sample was found to be representative of the MSJC student population as a whole. Student characteristics were also examined, such as age and employment status, in terms of influence on students' preference for an alternative calendar. Results indicate that 48% of students preferred a 16-6-16-6 calendar, while 39% preferred the current calendar; 13% were undecided. The study also found that the majority of students surveyed (73%) worked at least 20 hours per week, and 50% reported the presence of at least one dependent in the household. Continuing students made up 67% of the sample, and 58% of the students surveyed planned to earn a two-year degree and transfer. The report includes figures showing schedule preference by: (1) gender; (2) age; and (3) weekly working hours. Table 3 shows calendar preferences according to gender, and frequencies within gender according to marital status, child-care needs, student status, and transfer plans. (Survey is appended.) (NB)
Descriptors: Adult Students, Community Colleges, Flexible Scheduling, Nontraditional Students, Parents, School Schedules, Self Supporting Students, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Reaction, Student Surveys, Time Blocks, Two Year Colleges
For full text: http://www.msjc.cc.us/research/reportsmenu.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mount San Jacinto Coll., San Jacinto, CA.