ERIC Number: ED107180
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
The Perceived Role of Institutions of Higher Education in Serving the Aging.
Sheppard, N. Alan; Valla, Dianne C.
The purpose of this study is four-fold. First, to determine the current status of program offerings for the aging in selected institutions of higher education. Second, to ascertain if any programs designed to train personnel to work with the aging are currently being offered. Third, to determine what plans for future programs were being made by institutions of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and fourth, to determine what are the existing attitudes and priorities of those institutions with regard to such programs. Employing an open-end, closed-form survey questionnaire mailed to all institutions in the neighboring states of West Virginia and Tennessee, it was found that, for the most part, little either in the way of currently offered programs or plans for future offerings is taking place. This finding was contradictory to the self-reported attitudes of the need for such programs surveyed. However, where programs were being offered, services were being rendered, or attitudes toward the extension of education of the elderly to a larger segment of the aging population were reported, it appeared that the community colleges were more aware of the needs and more willing to bear a share of the responsibility for the meeting in comparison to the four-year college and universities. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ., Blacksburg. Dept. of Education.
Identifiers - Location: Tennessee; Virginia; West Virginia