ERIC Number: ED194766
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Iowa Univ., Iowa City.
Elderhostel is a national network of one-week college-level courses offered in summer on the campuses of universities, colleges, and junior colleges. It is designed primarily for persons over 60 and their spouses. Begun as an experimental effort by five New Hampshire colleges in the summer of 1975, it has been operating in Iowa since 1977. Iowa Elderhostel has proved to be a mixture. Courses include those in creative writing, history, contemporary issues, ethnic history, opera, solar energy, and contemporary art. Extracurricular activities are also provided. Enrollees have ranged in academic background from persons who never attended high school to those with advanced degrees. The program cuts across economic lines--incomes range from under $6,000 to over $30,000. Participants' evaluations mention these benefits: fellowship, intellectual stimulation, and quality of instruction and instructors. Instructors enjoy the students, and the program acts as a public relations event for the cooperating educational institutions. Funding has come from Title I of the Higher Education Act, Northwestern Bell Telephone Company, Iowa Arts Council, Iowa Board for Public Programs in the Humanities, and Iowa Foundation. Participants also pay a charge, and some scholarships are available. (Addresses for the national headquarters and Iowa Elderhostel are provided. Other attachments include a map of Iowa Elderhostel institutions, participants' profile, and table of national growth.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Colleges, Continuing Education, Courses, Higher Education, National Programs, Older Adults, Summer Programs, Two Year Colleges, Universities
Iowa Elderhostel, C108 East Hall, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242 (Free copies available).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Iowa Univ., Iowa City.
Identifiers: Elderhostels; Iowa
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