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ERIC Number: ED458898
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Aug
Pages: 270
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The Five Week Class of the University of Phoenix Corporate Model Can Be Utilized by Community Colleges.
Bugay, David Paul
This paper argues that community colleges can increase their enrollment by offering 5-week courses that cover the same material as 15-week courses. Changing how they schedule classes will help community colleges to meet the changing needs of the students they serve. The paper analyzes the University of Phoenix (UP) (Arizona), which serves a part-time student population similar to that of a community college, as a model for the alternative course structure. At UP, students attend classes one night a week for 50 weeks of the year and accumulate a total of 30 credit hours, compared with the 12 to 16 credit hours that would be accumulated at that rate in a community college. Enrollment at UP is growing by 20% to 25% a year, while the rest of higher education grows at a 1% to 2% annual rate. UP is attempting to recruit community colleges to funnel their working students to UP programs once they have earned an associate degree at the community college. Critics are particularly concerned about the high number of UP's part-time faculty members, and the limited access to faculty for students. (Contains 176 references.) (NB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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