ERIC Number: ED159478
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar-20
Reference Count: 0
Adapting Institutions to Adults.
Loring, Rosalind K.
The degree, type, and dimensions of institutional adaptation to adult students are the bases of concern. Higher education institutions are challenged to provide concepts and systems to meet adult learner's needs. In 1975, 27 million adults participated in structured learning experiences. The adult's demand for degrees and access to intellectual resources has been accelerating. In response to these demands, administrators and educators have initiated various adaptations, such as flexible schedules, environments compatible and supportive of subjects learned, special admission and retention policies, interdisciplinary degrees and programs, mass media utilization, and educational experiences conceived as holistic programs. Many administrators and faculty fear education geared to adults implies lowering of academic standards, but adult educators have learned that excellence may be achieved regardless of age, course location, or instructional method. Three barriers which restrict adult access to higher education are heavy reliance on grades for educational assessment, the system of accumulating and transferring credits, and the limited availability of financial aid. Adults' admissions into higher education institutions on the subjective criterion of "adequacy" and the slower increase of adult enrollment (compared with rapid growth in community colleges) means that although adaptive efforts have been made, overall efforts have been inadequate. (CSS)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Access to Education, Administrative Change, Administrative Policy, Administrative Problems, Administrator Responsibility, Adult Education, Adult Students, Degrees (Academic), Educational Facilities Improvement, Educational Innovation, Higher Education, Student Problems
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Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the National Conference on Higher Education, American Association for Higher Education (33rd annual, Chicago, Illinois, March 20, 1978)