ERIC Number: ED164829
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Oct-20
Reference Count: 0
Adult Student Needs and University Responses.
Hengesbach, Theodore W.
A questionnaire was administered to determine the needs of external degree students in the South Bend, Indiana University External Degree Program. The results (48% response rate) were compared with those of an earlier study with Northwestern New York postsecondary students. It was found that 50% of South Bend students, as compared to 27% of the New York students, were between twenty-nine and forty-three. Although both samples were predominantly white, the number of black students in the external program was twice what could be expected from South Bend local and school population ratios. Forty-eight percent of the South Bend group, as opposed to 20% of the New York group, received initial program information from print media. In examining the South Bend group alone, it was found that most of the students were between twenty-nine and fifty-five, were in a phase of reappraising their life, were most likely working, and had a yearly family income of over $15,000. The female student's personal income was often severely limited. Main student criticisms revolved around two concerns: lengthy procedures in granting self-acquired competencies; and a special mathematics course requirement. In addition to responding to these criticisms it is recommended that the university hold business office hours after five o'clock and possibly on Saturday/Sunday and provide greater counseling services. (CSS)
Descriptors: Adult Development, Adult Education, Adult Students, Blacks, College Credits, Comparative Analysis, Counseling Services, Degree Requirements, Developmental Tasks, Experiential Learning, External Degree Programs, Family Role, Females, Financial Needs, Information Dissemination, Males, Nontraditional Students, Postsecondary Education, Special Degree Programs, Student Needs, Surveys, Whites
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National University Extension Association Region IV Conference (Madison, Wisconsin, October 20, 1978). Not available in hard copy due to thin type in the original document