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ERIC Number: ED054408
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 81
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Factors Affecting Academic Achievement of Adult Students Enrolled in Ontario University Credit Courses.
Beagle, Peggy
Existing programs, policies and practices as they affect the older adult student in Ontario universities were investigated. Interview data were collected from adult students about their experiences in the light of the policies described, and a number of obstacles to successful study encountered by these students were identified. A statistical analysis, based on data collected at Lakehead University, compared the academic performance of adult students to that of regular students. In addition, the relationship between adult academic performance and such demographic variables as age, sex, marital status, matriculation status, part-time study, and residency (in or out of the university district) was investigated. The analysis revealed that the mean academic performance of adult students (age 25 and over) was significantly higher (p<.01) than that of the regular college-age students. With regard to previous studies which had suggested that "mature students" (non matriculated adults) achieved at a higher level than regular students, the findings in the present study were in the same direction but not statistically significant. There were marked differences between sub-populations of adult males and females and married and single students. Matriculation status at the time of admission, and attendance part-time or full-time appeared to have no significant influence on the academic achievement of adult students. Suggestions for further research were made. (Author)
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Identifiers: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Note: Thesis, Lakehead University, Ontario, Canada; A Pilot Project