ERIC Number: ED167021
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Age Discrimination Act of 1975 and Women on Campus.
Association of American Colleges, Washington, DC. Project on the Status and Education of Women.
The Age Discrimination Act of 1975 is summarized, and issues concerning the adult woman and older students on campus are discussed. The act will be helpful in eliminating some of the inequities older women (and men) may face in educational institutions. The act does not define "age" to limit coverage; it simply prohibits discrimination on the basis of age. The primary benefits of the act for women in education are likely to be in areas such as admissions, financial aid, counseling, and health care. In addition to having motivation and high grades, older students make a valuable contribution to the classroom by adding to its diversity. Because some graduate and professional schools have not experienced a shortage of students, discrimination on the basis of age is likely to be more pronounced. Financial aid is usually limited to at least half-time students, and many adults, including homemakers and working women, who participate in education on a part-time basis do not qualify for aid. Some scholarships also are restricted to persons under specific ages, and the arbitrary definitions of "dependent" and "independent" status used in determining eligibility for financial aid frequently hurt married women, especially those with children. In many cases, counseling, related services, and health facilities do not address the needs of older women. Physical education requirements, continuing education programs, and recruitment and outreach are discussed. Consistency of the act with other federal legislation is addressed. An insert summarizing the act is included. (SW)
Descriptors: Adult Students, Age, Age Discrimination, Ancillary School Services, College Students, Educational Discrimination, Educational Opportunities, Eligibility, Equal Education, Federal Legislation, Females, Hearings, Higher Education, Nontraditional Students, Reentry Students, Reentry Workers, Sex Discrimination, Student Financial Aid, Student Needs, Womens Education
Project on the Status and Education of Women, Association of American Colleges, 1818 R Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Association of American Colleges, Washington, DC. Project on the Status and Education of Women.
Identifiers: Age Discrimination Act 1975
Note: Based upon testimony presented to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights by Dr. Bernice Sandler, Executive Director of the Project on the Status and Education of Women and by the National Advisory Council on Women's Educational Programs