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ERIC Number: ED246780
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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Examination of Adult Student Participation: Is the Conventional Wisdom Confirmed? AIR Annual 1984 Forum Paper.
Campbell, Jill F.; And Others
The theory that a trajectory of adult student participation exists in college was tested in a multi-institution setting. The theory posits that the typical flow would begin with noncredit enrollment and culminate in matriculation. The study was conducted at a suburban community education center serving as the host site for credit courses from a small private college, a large private university, the local community college, and a public comprehensive college. A total of 362 part-time students from all four institutions and from the noncredit courses offered at the center were surveyed. The results refute the trajectory theory and indicate there are different participation patterns for noncredit, credit degree, and credit nondegree students and very little crossover from noncredit to credit. The total population exhibited a high degree of institutional loyalty, with credit nondegree students being the most likely to study from more than one institution. Credit degree students were the most active participants over time, and noncredit and credit nondegree students showed similar participation rates with the highest percentages being low participants. It is suggested that either specific curricular plans should be developed and evaluated to initiate a trajectory or else that these markets should be targeted separately. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers: AIR Forum
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (24th, Fort Worth, TX, May 6-9, 1984).