ERIC Number: ED178010
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Free Universities and Learning Referral Centers, 1978.
Calvert, Robert, Jr.; Draves, William A.
Data on free universities and learning centers (including the addresses of the institutions) are presented. In a survey developed by the Free University Network for the National Center for Education Statistics, statistics on the free universities and learning centers are provided in the following areas: numbers of institutions, enrollment data, staff statistics, fees and budget information, programs available, and problems and future directions. Among findings of the study are that there are 146 free universities and 42 learning referral centers, that 60 percent of the free universities and 20 percent of the learning centers are affiliated with a college or university, and that (in 1978) almost 300,000 people were enrolled in free universities and learning centers had over 21,000 registrants, made over 26,000 referrals, and had almost 20,000 resource persons or teachers on file. Other findings revealed that 73 percent of the staff of both institutions were volunteer, that almost 20,000 different class or activity sections were offered, and that the average annual budget for a free university was about $20,500. The survey instrument is appended. (PHR)
Descriptors: Budgets, College Faculty, Definitions, Directories, Educational Programs, Enrollment Trends, Experimental Colleges, Higher Education, National Surveys, Networks, Nontraditional Education, Nontraditional Students, Questionnaires, Statistical Data, Surveys, Tables (Data), Tuition
National Center for Education Statistics, Washington, DC
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Directories/Catalogs; Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Free University Network; Learning Referral Centers