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degree, and 7% have doctorates (p. 59). The Midwestern community college employs

490 adjunct faculty who teach 51.7% of all credit hours (p. 61).

Being an open-enrollment institution, the general admission requirements do not

require a formal application. The requirements for registering for courses are students

must be at least 18 years of age, have a high school diploma or the equivalent, and have

the ability to benefit from the educational experience. The community college operates

on a quarter-system, offering credit courses at three campus locations, four center sites,

and various other locations including area high schools and community centers. The

average class size is 18 students. Online courses at the institution began during the 2000

2001 academic year and now have an estimated enrollment of 6,000 online students. The

community college offers students more than 100 program options and awards degrees,

certificates, and diplomas (p. 28).

The student population in the community college in general represents the working

class. These students have not all had the access to technology that many students at a

typical university have had.

The population contains a wide range of ages where the

average age is 27, those between the ages 20 and 24 represent the largest age group.

Sixty-seven percent of the students report being married and approximately 40% consider

themselves the head of household (p. 51). With respect to gender, approximately 60% of

the student population is female. The community college serves a minority student

population totaling 21.4% of total enrollments as compared to the total minority

population in the state of 17%. Upon graduation, 97% of alumni remain in Nebraska to

work. The mean GPA was 3.06 (M) for the general community college student

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