ERIC Number: ED155536
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Nov
Interventions to Increase Enrollments of Older Adults at a University.
Baum, Joanne; And Others
In 1973 The Board of Regents of The University of Wisconsin system created the Guest Student Program. In effect, the program opened the doors of the University to all Wisconsin residents aged 62 and over. There were 52 men and 47 women in the final sample, with a mean age of 74.89. The following types of interventions were initiated to aid Guest Students in handling common barriers: (1) ombudspersons were hired; (2) a Guest Student lounge was opened; (3) the University was encouraged to produce and distribute positive and appealing publicity about the program; (4) coffee hours; (5) outreach talks; (6) television coverage; (7) student guides; (8) transportation; and (9) registration changes. A substantial increase in enrollment in the Guest Student Program on the Madison campus for spring semester resulted. The intervention methods listed above could be utilized in the future to encourage more people to use university resources. (JLL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Retired Teachers Association, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Conference of the Gerontological Society (29th, New York, N.Y., October, 1977)