ERIC Number: ED037686
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
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A Study of Persistence of Adult Students in the Fundamental Learning Laboratories of the North Carolina Community College System.
Killian, William David
A study was undertaken to identify the characteristics of the adult learner who persists in the North Carolina learning laboratories program, and to differentiate between him and the student who does not persist. The program was established under the "Open Door Policy" articulated by the State Board of Education in 1963, which opened all institutions to all adults (18 years and older) regardless of prior educational experience. The learning laboratories are centers in the community colleges offering instruction of either a programed or a self directed nature toward high school equivalency or high school diploma tests, preparation for entrance to a community college, college preparation, upgrading in specific subject areas, and study of a subject for personal satisfaction. Persistence was found to correlate positively with age and with years since attending school, but no significant correlation was found with academic ability, social adjustment, job-related objectives, or employment status. Recommendations for further study and for encouraging persistence are included. (MF)
Descriptors: Adult Dropouts, Adult Students, College Preparation, Community Colleges, Doctoral Dissertations, Educational Background, Equivalency Tests, Individual Characteristics, Learning Laboratories, Persistence, Secondary Education
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Authoring Institution: North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh. Dept. of Adult Education.
Identifiers: North Carolina
Note: Ed.D. Thesis