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ERIC Number: ED349067
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-May
Reference Count: 0
Accessing the Senior Citizen Student.
Clavner, Catherine; Clavner, Jerry
A study of the educational potential of senior citizens was conducted at the Eastern Campus of Cuyahoga Community College (CCC), in Ohio. Focusing specifically on whether seniors would benefit from a higher level of involvement and integration into the mainstream of community college programs and activities, the investigation reviewed demographic data, the cognitive functioning of older adults, and the shortcomings of curricula designed exclusively for seniors. In addition, interviews were conducted with 92 older students who were either enrolled for credit or in CCC's "60+ Program," which allows students to audit courses free of charge. Study findings included the following: (1) while seniors comprised 2.2% of all CCC students, they constituted 5.1% of the student body on the Eastern Campus; (2) of those students between 60 to 63 years old who were surveyed, 70% were female, and 50% had attained college and advanced degrees, while most others had taken college courses previously; (3) the majority of respondents took courses in the arts and sciences; (4) most perceived learning as an end in itself; (5) both audit and credit students reported taking all tests and doing all homework; (6) respondents reported that they had not experienced age discrimination from either faculty or students; and (7) the population surveyed resembled younger part-time students, with the exception that the older students did not have specific educational goals. Marketing recommendations and the survey instrument are included. (MAB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Cuyahoga Community College OH
Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Conference of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development on Teaching Excellence and Conference of Administrators (14th, Austin, TX, May 24-27, 1992).