ERIC Number: ED462966
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
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Distance Learning Fiscal and Statistical Report, 2000-2001.
This Distance Learning Fiscal and Statistical Report is an annual publication designed to document statistical and financial aspects of the Distance Learning Program at West Valley College (Saratoga, California). In addition to presenting comparative distance learning course statistics for the last 15 years, this report presents a thorough review of the 2000-2001 distance learning course offerings, enrollment data, and related revenue generation. Although telecourses remain a popular mode of course offerings, the College developed and offered more online course sections in the year 2000-2001. This year's distance learning highlights include: West Valley College offered 134 sections of distance learning courses; 67 sections of online courses were offered, an increase of 37% over the 49 online courses offered the previous year; online classes are usually capped at 32 students per section, with telecourses averaging closer to 45 students per course, and therefore the average distance learning class size was smaller than in years past; retention rate for distance learning courses was 85% compared to a college-wide average of 81.7%, due to the high quality of instructional design components of the courses, especially the online courses; combined increases in distance learning course offerings resulted in substantial increases in student enrollment and the related Weekly Student Contact Hours (WSCH); the decision to increase distance learning offerings to 134 sections has proven to be economically sound; increased course offerings now make it possible for a West Valley College student taking a combination of telecourses and online courses to complete an A.A. degree totally through distance learning. Tables provide: summer 2000 distance learning course statistics; fall 2000 telecourse statistics; fall 2000 online course statistics; spring 2001 online course statistics; summary of 2000-2001 distance learning statistics; and year by year statistical comparison, 1986-87 through 2000-2001. Information on distance learning fees and expenses for 2000-2001, gross WSCH revenue from 2000-2001 distance learning courses, and 2000-2001 total net WSCH revenue is provided, followed by student survey statistics. The student survey form is included. (AEF)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
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Authoring Institution: West Valley Coll., Saratoga, CA.