ERIC Number: ED045935
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
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Needs and Interests of Iowa State University Alumni in Continuing Education.
Parsons, Gerald Edward
A study was made of a random sample of 934 Iowa State University alumni, who graduated between 1926 and 1965 and lived in Iowa, the purpose being to determine: their feelings of need and commitment to continuing education; their present participation; the content, type, and locations of programs they prefer; and where they think responsibility for the programs lies. A questionnaire was used in addition to alumni office records. There was considerable variation in commitment, but alumni, particularly more recent graduates, felt a need to continue their education in both occupational and nonoccupational areas. They expected the university to make programs available, but other institutions were also sources of education. Alumni from the Colleges of Veterinary Medicine and Home Economics placed a higher value on it and had higher levels of participation, and of expected participation, than those from the Colleges of Engineering and Sciences and Humanities. The topics of community problems and/or action, investments, insurance, and estate planning were more frequently reported than other topics. Except for the older alumni, reunions and alumni club functions did not serve a need. (Author/EB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Age Differences, College Graduates, Doctoral Dissertations, Educational Needs, Educational Responsibility, General Education, Investigations, Majors (Students), Participation, Program Content, Questionnaires, State Universities, Student Educational Objectives
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Authoring Institution: Iowa State Univ. of Science and Technology, Ames.
Note: Ph.D. Thesis