ERIC Number: ED054745
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Apr-9
Reference Count: 0
Degrees for Nontraditional Students; An Approach to New Models. A.C.E. Special Report.
Furniss, W. Todd
Many patterns are being suggested for modifying the higher education system in such a way that it will serve students not now being served or not adequately served. One approach to this issue is the "real student approach" which requires a careful examination of 2 factors and their interaction: (1) the presence of an identifiable group of students who are not now well served; and (2) the existence of continuing education programs and the characteristics of these programs that make them unsuitable for these particular students. Extension and continuing education programs have served 2 important functions of instruction and validation but not of certification (or recognition). This paper examines the problems Sergeant X faces. He is regular Army, plans to retire after 20 years, and would like to have knowledge necessary for a college job and a college degree. He accumulates "a whole bag of credits and almost credits" through extension and correspondence courses, but because of residency and curriculum requirements and differing quality standards he won't be able to get a degree. The traditional system could be modified in 4 areas: instruction, examination, transfer of credit, and certification to make acquiring a degree a simple matter. The quickest way to accomplish this is through the National University model. (AF)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: National University Extension Association