ERIC Number: ED202436
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Experiential Learning Programs and Liberal Studies: An Exploratory Model of Post-Graduate Success.
Michigan Consortium for the Evaluation of Nontraditional Education.
The personal, professional, and postgraduate educational development of graduates of six Michigan postsecondary institutions with programs that allow credit for experiential learning was examined. The two- and four-year programs also included a liberal-studies type curriculum, and experiential learning options included portfolio assessment, testing assessment, and cooperative/internship opportunities. Other study objectives included assessment of the relationship between experiential learning credit awards and academic performance and development of a model to identify characteristics of programs and individuals that contribute to postgraduate success. Telephone interviews and several small group interviews were conducted with 195 graduates of the Michigan programs. It was found that the younger, inexperienced group of students (or the reentry adult) was being served by the cooperative/internship programs, while the portfolio and testing programs were serving those individuals who believed they have acquired college-level learning and wished to have this learning recognized in an academic environment. Regardless of the type of personal development that graduates pursued, nearly all pointed to their program or classes as awakening an interest or increasing their awareness of the new activity. Overall, the internship/cooperative group was lower in the number of their goals realized by the program. This finding may be related to the fact that younger people, as in the internship and cooperative group, do not often enter their college programs with realistic and attainable career goals. No relationship was found between the number of experiential credits received by graduates and their grade point averages. A bibliography, sample telephone questionnaire, and institutional profiles for the six schools are appended. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adult Students, College Graduates, Educational Benefits, Experiential Learning, Followup Studies, Grade Point Average, Graduate Surveys, Higher Education, Individual Development, Internship Programs, Liberal Arts, Models, Nontraditional Education, Outcomes of Education, Professional Development, Reentry Students, Student Development
Central Michigan University, Institute for Personal and Career Development, Mount Pleasant, MI 48859.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Central Michigan Univ., Mount Pleasant. Inst. for Personal and Career Development.; Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Michigan Consortium for the Evaluation of Nontraditional Education.
Identifiers: Central Michigan University; Delta College MI; Detroit College of Business Administration MI; Detroit Institute of Technology MI; Madonna College MI; Michigan; Wayne State University MI