ERIC Number: ED479971
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Results of the Alternative Calendar Survey: A Survey of Faculty, Classified Staff and Administrators at California Community Colleges That Have Moved from an 18-Week Semester to a Compressed Calendar.
From December 2002 through February 2003, Los Rios Community College District (LRCCD), California, administrators invited key faculty members, classified staff, and administrators of California community colleges that have moved from an 18 week semester to a compressed 15- or 16-week semester to share their colleges' experiences through the change. All individuals were asked to respond to a Web-based survey that included questions about the effects of the compressed calendar on students and institutional management. The results of this study reflect the opinions of 15 classified staff members, 54 administrators, and 139 faculty members employed by 29 colleges that have implemented compressed calendars. Of 22 issues related to the effects of calendar change on students, 7 were identified as having a positive effect by one-fourth or more of the respondents. More than one third of faculty believe that students are more successful at completing their courses, fewer withdraw, and more have increased free time. Five of the 22 issues were identified as having a negative effect on students by more than one-quarter of the faculty respondents. One of these, quality of instruction, was also viewed as a positive impact. About 40% of faculty believe that the shorter semester adversely affects student anxiety. Staff and administrators identified 4 of 22 issues as having a positive impact, and only 1 issue was identified by staff and administrators as having a negative impact by more than one-quarter of respondents: time for extracurricular activities. Findings make it clear that there are both pros and cons in moving to a compressed calendar. There are many advantages for the institution, and the change appears to appeal to many students, although there are concerns about those who struggle. (SLD)
Descriptors: Administrators, College Faculty, Community Colleges, Higher Education, School Schedules, Surveys
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Los Rios Community Coll. District, Sacramento, CA. Office of Institutional Research.
Identifiers - Location: California