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ERIC Number: ED466740
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-May
Pages: 20
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Community College Compressed Calendars: Results of a Student Survey and a Faculty Survey.
Carley, Michael
This document reports that many community colleges are considering changes in their traditional semester calendars. In California, the most common question facing colleges is whether to switch from the traditional (in California) 18-week semester to a 16-week one. This paper details the results of a student and faculty survey conducted at Porterville College, a small community college in central California on the compressed calendar and related issues. The student survey was divided into four sections: obstacles to class attendance, days and times classes are scheduled, summer and winter classes, and class and semester preferences. More than 70% of students surveyed indicated they would be more likely to take summer school classes if more were offered and 62% of students expressed a preference for a 16-week schedule. In addition, 82 full-time and adjunct faculty members completed a survey that gauged their willingness to teach summer classes, Friday block classes, and winter intercession courses. Close to half of the faculty surveyed were willing to teach in the early summer, winter intercession, or on Fridays. Less than 30% expressed a willingness to teach the second summer session in late July. Appended are the two survey instruments. (Contains 12 charts and 2 references.) (RC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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