ERIC Number: ED170533
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Oct
Reference Count: 0
The Changing Status of Adult/Continuing Education Graduate Programs.
Griffith, William S.
To determine the posture of adult/continuing education (ACE) graduate programs, a questionnaire was developed. The questionnaire first provided comparative data for ascertaining the number of faculty members and students in ACE departments and in the entire colleges of education for autumn of 1973 and 1978 and second provided information on faculty members' perceptions of change since 1973 in the level of influence their departments enjoyed within their respective colleges of education, past and predicted changes in these levels, factors affecting the levels, and related program characteristics and changes. Of seventy-three institutions (members of the Commission of the Professors of Adult Education) surveyed, twenty-seven responded. A few selected findings are as follow: (1) the median number of full-time equivalent faculty members in ACE increased from two to three between 1973 and 1978; (2) fifteen respondents reported status increases for ACE departments over the last five years; most frequently cited evidence was increased involvement in important groups; (3) three factors identified as most significant in increasing ACE departments' status and influence since 1973 were increasing faculty quality, student enrollment, and program quality; and (4) in general, respondents reported an increase in numerical importance and influence for ACE departments over the last five to ten years. (CSS)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Educators, Attitude Change, Departments, Educational Quality, Enrollment, Faculty Development, Graduate Students, Occupational Surveys, Professional Recognition, Program Improvement, Relationship, Schools of Education, Statistical Data, Status, Teacher Effectiveness, Trend Analysis
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: British Columbia Univ., Vancouver. Faculty of Adult Education.