ERIC Number: ED246777
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May
Reference Count: 0
Andragogy in Public Universities: Understanding Adult Education Needs in the 1980's. AIR Annual 1984 Forum Paper.
Hengstler, Dennis D.; And Others
Differences between the traditional college-age students and adults enrolled in credit courses in degree and non-degree programs at a public southeast, urban university were studied. Surveys were sent to 433 non-degree-seeking students enrolled in credit courses, 441 traditional college-age degree-seeking students, and 429 degree-seeking students 24 years old and older. The return rates for these groups were 46 percent, 55 percent, and 72 percent, respectively. Attention was focused on the following areas of potential differences: demographics, sources of funds used to meet college costs, reasons for continuing education, and reasons for selecting the university. Implications of the differences in the student groups were considered with attention to college marketing, retention, and curriculum policies, as well as educational and student services offered. While adult students sought colleges with qualified faculty, a wide range of academic programs, and low tuition, barriers to their college attendance included the cost of attending college and the conflict between responsibilities of job, home, and college. The availability of courses as well as the time the courses were offered were two large institutional barriers for adult students. (Author/SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: AIR Forum
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (24th, Fort Worth, TX, May 6-9, 1984).