ERIC Number: ED393990
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
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Attitudes of Adult Learners toward the Board of Governors Bachelor of Arts Degree Program at Chicago State University.
Thompson-Davenport, Michael A.
A study was conducted to determine the attitudes of adult learners toward the Board of Governors (BOG) bachelor's degree program at Chicago State University. The study also examined characteristics and types of adult learners, availability and kinds of services adult learners want, relevance of coursework, biases from campus officials toward nontraditional students, and social integration with the traditional-student body. Various definitions of adult learners were explored, and adult student motivation was examined as revealed in the literature. The sample of 66 BOG graduates from 1995 returned 20 usable questionnaires. (Adult learners were defined as part-time students over age 25 who had full-time jobs and/or other responsibilities.) The majority of adult learners thought the BOG program met their expectations and needs. Findings included the following: (1) 42 percent indicated that they would have enrolled in correspondence or telecourses; (2) 39 percent indicated that campus policies, student life, and campus facilities do not meet the needs of nontraditional-degree students; (3) 2 percent indicated that the BOG degree is more relevant than a traditional degree; (4) 39 percent said they were not discriminated against; (5) 36 percent said nontraditional students were socially integrated with traditional students; and (6) half the students indicated that their degree led to career advancement. (Contains 16 references.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers: Chicago State University IL