Thursday, March 05, 2015
ASAP for Adults
Wise and worldly readers, what would you add? What would an ASAP program for adults look like?
I had one student who needed almost 6 years to complete his engineering degree after earning his AA in about 4 years. It is difficult to do it any faster if you are working a 40-hour week to support your family.
IMHO, meeting 5 days a week is the big factor. I wonder how our regular semester 8-week classes would work if they were Mon-Tues -- Thurs-Fri to reduce the long-weekend effect.
As the gap between the traditional college student and the non-trad student with familial obligations and a full-time job, etc. etc. grows, I wonder if it wouldn't be easier for CCs with a large enough constituency to create tracks for each.
Things like an annual application fee for non-full-time students. (Flat-rate no matter if you're only taking one course, because that's all you have time for.)
Fees for things like recreation facilities that aren't open when I can use them. (Hint: I'm taking a night course because I work during the day. How would I use a rec centre that closes before my shift is over?)
Last time I looked at taking a course, the cost was doubled by things like that. If I was taking a full load these fees would have been about 10% of my tuition, but 100% was a lot to swallow.
"no matter where you are as an academic, the differences in preparation of your students is an obstacle"
That might make an interesting topic for the future, Dean Dad.
IME, the obstacle is quite different in a FIRST semester class at an open admission college. Elsewhere they depend on admission standards and placement procedures. After that, the differences are pretty similar across institutions that have similar standards for similar classes, e.g. calculus.
If you are talking about sophomores, any significant problems are of your own making.