ERIC Number: ED224432
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Distance Education, Mature Age, Open Entry and Counselling.
Gough, J. E.
Counseling support for adult students entering a distance teaching program at Deakin University, Australia, and evaluation of this service are described. Admission is granted to adult students without formal educational qualifications, and a counseling program provides information on the demands of university study and possible role conflicts that may arise among the responsibilities of home and family, employment, and university study. The counseling program has three components: (1) completion of admission and enrollment procedures for new off-campus students prior to beginning their studies and provision of teaching materials 5 to 6 weeks before the usual distribution; (2) an information packet on available resources, advice on study techniques, and an exercise in assessing reasons for entering the university; and (3) Saturday workshops to explore in more detail some of the issues raised in the counseling package and any other issues of concern. In 1978 there were 238 special entry adult students, with equal proportions of men and women. The men tended to be younger and felt that factors outside their control had caused them to discontinue their education; women regarded their responsibility for husbands and children as the major impediment. The 210 adult respondents found the section of the counseling package on study techniques the most helpful. It is suggested that identifying high-risk students and providing additional support is important to prevent student withdrawal. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Advising, Adult Students, Ancillary School Services, College Students, Extension Education, External Degree Programs, Family Influence, Foreign Countries, High Risk Students, Higher Education, Individual Counseling, Open Enrollment, Role Conflict, Student College Relationship, Student Needs
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Deakin University (Australia); Distance Education