ERIC Number: ED136727
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Feb
Reference Count: 0
College and University Services for Older Adults. Higher Education Panel Reports, No. 33.
Atelsek, Frank J.; Gomberg, Irene L.
The extent and type of services currently offered to older adults are identified, and an overview is provided of institutional plans for increasing such services in the immediate future. In this survey respondents were asked to describe any educational programs or community services available through their institutions designed especially for older adults, and to indicate any requirements such as age or income for participation. Among the 556 colleges and universities responding to the survey, over half offered no instructional programs or community services designed specifically for older adults. Nearly 25 percent provided both instructional and community services, while 5 percent had only instructional services available and 20 percent had only community services available. This report tabulates the types of instructional services, community services, forms of organization, primary sources of funding, and plans for programs and services. It concludes that in general most colleges and universities are still focused on their traditional objective of preparing the young for "life," but that others, particularly the public-supported institutions, are alerted to the academic and service needs of older adults. More attention to older adults is promised for the future. (LBH)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Students, Age, College Role, Community Services, Educational Demand, Educational Objectives, Educational Supply, Higher Education, National Surveys, Older Adults, State Colleges, State Universities, Statistical Data, Tables (Data)
Higher Education Panel, American Council on Education, One Dupont Circle, Washington, D.C. 20036
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.; National Institutes of Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD.; Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC.
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