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ERIC Number: ED149835
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Feb-23
Pages: 11
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The "Older" Student: Challenge to Academe.
Siegel, Beatrice
This paper explores the impact of older students, the "new majority" participating in higher education, in terms of enrollment trends, their characteristics as learners and consumers of the college product, challenges they present to educational processes and institutions, and the concept of a "learning society" in which lifelong learning is the norm. Adult learning characteristics are compared to those of the traditional student, and responsibilities of the colleges to recognize these characteristics and accomodate them are discussed. Institutional modifications in philosophy, image, access at all levels, bureaucratic routines, responses to subgroups such as the elderly, unemployed and handicapped, and tuition are examined. Problems regarding institutional adjustment to an increasingly older student body are also discussed, including faculty tenure and hiring practices, institutional budgets, financial resources, financial aid, and the attitudes of governing boards and state and federal legislative bodies. (LH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the California Association for Institutional Research (San Francisco, California, February 23, 1978)