ERIC Number: ED223307
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Making and Seeding of RASP: Development and Dissemination of a Model to Ease the Reentry Process of Adult Students in Two-Year Colleges.
Corrado, Thomas J.; Mangano, Joseph A.
The Reentry Adult Student Project (RASP) was initiated in 1977 as an improvement-oriented research effort designed to ease the academic reentry of adult students into New York State community colleges. In response to the difficulties facing many adult students, RASP sought to examine adult students' needs and satisfactions and assist colleges in providing appropriate support. At each of the six colleges chosen as pilot sites, steering committees were created to develop a local work plan, survey campus groups, and disseminate project findings and recommendations. These committee charges engendered a model of advisement and advocacy consisting of five components: (1) student needs assessment; (2) a taxonomy of adult student needs; (3) assessment of local resources for adult students; (4) assessment of student satisfaction with selected administrative, support, and instructional services; and (5) documentation of institutional modifications. The statewide dissemination of the RASP model involved the preparation of an introductory brochure, a dissemination packet, and a videotape, as well as four regional meetings to describe the project. RASP resulted in the development of workable strategies to accommodate adult student needs, the expansion of institutional roles, and institutional modifications in administrative, staff develpment, and support service areas. Survey instruments, the taxonomy of student needs, and documentation forms are appended. (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Albany. Two Year Coll. Student Development Center.
Identifiers: Reentry Adult Student Project NY
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, March 19-23, 1982).