ERIC Number: ED165508
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Mature Age Students in Tertiary Education.
West, Leo; And Others
Information about the mature student in tertiary institutions in Australia was obtained in a 1976 survey. Responses from 98 institutions provided information on whether there were special entry schemes or other methods of entry for mature aged applicants, the selection procedures, the number of mature aged entrants in 1976, and the courses in which they were enrolled. Nearly all institutions have some relaxed entry provisions for mature aged students. Some have used existing provisions within their regulations to allow mature aged students to enter while others have introduced special schemes. A number of institutions have set separate quotas for these students. This action has removed them from competition with normal aged students and therefore made their entry independent of the supply of normal aged students. Selection methods usually involve multiple procedures, such as special tests, interviews, work references or experience, and academic background. Although institutions were not asked specifically about performance, 27 percent offered such information. Fourteen institutions stated that mature aged students performed better than normal aged students, and 12 stated that they performed just as well, and one stated that they had a higher dropout rate. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Monash Univ., Clayton, Victoria (Australia).
Note: Tables 4 to 7 (Summaries of Responses from 98 Tertiary Institutions) are not reproducible due to marginal legibility of original ; Research prepared by the Higher Education Advisory and Research Unit