January 16, 2018/Valdis I. Lacis - Reading Eagle correspondent/Reading, PA
RACC students who enrolled in the college's additional location in August and October have offered positive feedback about the experience, the board has learned.
The additional location offers evening classes and an option for people who can't make it to RACC's city campus. A one-year extension of the program has already been signed by the Wilson School District and the college.
Dr. Anna D. Weitz, RACC president, noted that of the 197 students who enrolled at RACC's additional location at Wilson Southern Middle School in Spring Township, 96 percent said "yes" when asked, "Would you recommend taking classes at the (middle school) location to a friend?" and only 4 percent said "maybe."
Another survey question - "What did you like most about taking classes at this location?" - drew the following responses: 48 percent said "the site was close to home/work" while 10 percent appreciated "the new accelerated 7-week course schedule option," as opposed to the regular 14-week option that also was available, and 8 percent chose "great teachers and instructors."
Weitz added that 46 students were enrolled only at the middle school, 41 were enrolled only there and online, and 110 were enrolled on the main campus as well as the middle school.
Asked recently, Weitz said that "going forward RACC might consider other additional locations."
Mary Flagg, dean of assessment, research and planning, said the courses with the highest total enrollment at the middle school are: English Composition, Basic Writing II, The Environment, Sociology, and General Psychology.