ERIC Number: ED221128
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr-30
Reference Count: 0
Coming Together--Public Television and Higher Education.
Grossman, Lawrence K.
The partnership between public television and higher education is addressed by the president of Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). Both higher education and public television seek to expand and enhance adult learning, and both are threatened financially in the pursuit of this mission. The student body of colleges and universities is getting older: one-third of all students enrolled in credit courses are over 25 years old. It is claimed that college enrollments will increase if postsecondary institutions can develop programs and implement delivery systems to attract and serve adult students. Although 72 percent of all postsecondary students over 25 years old are part-time students, many adults are involved in career training and development studies outside of colleges and universities. Thirty percent of all adult learning, credit and noncredit, is associated with postsecondary institutions. Television can help colleges to find solutions to some of the problems of serving adult learners, on and off campus. Television can provide credit courses, informal learning opportunities, and professional and career training. In 1981, the first year of PBS's Adult Learning Service, 220 public television stations worked cooperatively with over 500 colleges to deliver television courses that will be taken by about 50,000 students for credit. It is suggested that higher education and public television have the technology and experience to provide high quality programs and can set the standards and evaluate the offerings. Both share the mission and dedication to high standards in providing exposure to the arts, culture, and education. (SW)
Descriptors: Adult Students, Broadcast Industry, College Role, Cooperative Programs, Credit Courses, Educational Quality, Educational Television, Higher Education, Mass Media, Noncredit Courses, Nontraditional Education, Professional Continuing Education, Programing (Broadcast), Public Television, Standards, Student Needs, Telecourses
Educational Services, Public Broadcasting Service, 475 L'Enfant Plaza, S.W., Washington, DC 20024.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Public Broadcasting Service
Note: Talk presented to the National Telecourse Conference (Dallas, TX, April 30, 1982).