Mission: Eastfield College’s Weekend Offer offers developmental education, college transfer, and workforce degree programs to students who pursue their education on the weekends.
Goals: The goals of the Weekend College are to:
- To increase the number of EFC students who complete degrees through weekend study.
- To increase the number of EFC students who complete the academic transfer core curriculum.
- To increase the number of EFC students who take courses for personal enrichment on the weekend.
- To increase opportunities for students to improve their basic skills during weekend programs.
Eastfield College proposes to do this by:
- Expanding offerings in a strategic fashion.
- Offering student services to support academic planning and transfer.
- Ensuring quality teaching faculty.
- Offering expanded CE programming for youth and adolescents at times that support parental academic pursuits.
- Marketing the Weekend College to attract new students who otherwise might not attend Eastfield College.
- The Weekend College will expand weekend course offerings in a strategic fashion.
- Four 12-week terms will be offered annually (August to August). During some terms, classes may meet 11 times, allowing for holidays. Most classes will meet 12 times.
- Once per week sessions, approximately 3 ½ hours in length (with a 10 minute break) for 3 credit hour course.
- Classes with labs or which are more than 3 credit hours will meet longer.
- Classes are offered on Friday nights, Saturday mornings, Saturday afternoons, and Sunday afternoons.
- Ultimately, students may choose to supplement their weekend classes with online courses.
- The Weekend College will have a core schedule of classes, some of which will be guaranteed offerings.
- A predetermined schedule of classes will be offered.
- The designated “guaranteed classes” will be canceled only in unusual circumstances, such as when class size is too small to allow for quality face-to-face instruction. When a cancellation is necessary, students will be advised into appropriate online or self-paced alternatives.
- Technical courses and programs will be rotated.
- Adequate technical classes will be offered on weekends to permit students to complete AAS degrees in selected programs of study.
- Student services are offered that support academic planning and transfer.
- A weekend advisor will be identified.
- The advisor will “case manage” students who declare themselves as Weekend College students, so these students are aware of opportunities, deadlines, etc.
- Full service weekends are offered once per month.
- All services are available on those weekends.
- Orientation will be provided once per semester.
- A weekend transfer fair will be held annually to acquaint weekend students with opportunities to transfer to 4 year institutions with weekend colleges.
- Quality teaching is a cornerstone of the Weekend College.
- Full-time faculty will be encouraged to teach in the Weekend College on a rotational basis.
- Staff development will be provided for weekend faculty related to the goals and services of the weekend program.
- A paid staff development workshop related to teaching 3-hour class sessions will be offered prior to the beginning of the August term
- Learning Styles
- Cooperative/collaborative methods
- Achieving learning outcomes in 3 ½ hour class sessions
- Eastfield College will offer expanded Continuing Education programming for youth and adolescents at times that support parents’ academic pursuits.
- Eastfield is piloting CE programming for children and adolescents on Saturday morning and afternoon at the same time that Saturday morning credit and noncredit classes meet.
- Eastfield is marketing the Weekend College to attract new students who otherwise might not attend Eastfield College. The promotion includes:
- Print and media campaign, and
- Web links to weekend offerings.
Assessment and Evaluation of Effectiveness
- Assessment at the program level (Weekend College) will:
- Increase the number of graduates who identify themselves as participants of the Weekend College.
- Increase the number of weekend students who transfer to 4 year universities.
- Increase the number of core completers who take weekend courses.
- Increase enrollments in the Weekend College.
- Increase numbers of new-to-EFC students.
- Course level assessment will also indicate effectiveness.
- Student learning in the Weekend College will equal or exceed student learning outcomes in other traditional and nontraditional sections of the same course.
- Student success will be analyzed based on a variety of factors to improve continuously the quality of curriculum and services