ERIC Number: ED165600
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: N/A
A Comparison of the Needs of Returning and Traditional Students by Sex. Research Report No. 13-77.
Johnson, Deborah Hazel; And Others
A needs assessment questionnaire was designed to assess the practical and psychological needs of mature women returning to college, and to compare these needs with those of returning men and traditional-age students. Demographic characteristics of the different groups were also examined. It is shown that the average returning woman is an upper-middle-class woman with a family, typically works few or no hours at a paid job, and has been away from school for at least several years; the average returning man, in contrast, is younger, less financially secure, married, but without children, has had a shorter break in his education, and works more hours at a paid job. Despite demographic differences, there were few differences in needs between the returning women and the other student groups, and the hypotheses of different needs of actual returning students versus those of potential returning students and of diverse subgroups of returning women were explored. Results of the study are described in terms of their implications for campus services and the evaluation of programs. It is noted that returning women as a group seem more involved in university life than returning men, who are more involved with paid jobs, and that the campus programs and services need to be tailored differently for the two groups. (Author/LBH)
Descriptors: Adult Students, Comparative Analysis, Females, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Males, Mothers, Needs Assessment, Nontraditional Students, Reentry Students, Research Projects, Sex Differences, State Universities, Student Characteristics, Student Needs, Student Personnel Services
Counseling Center, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland 20742 ($1.50)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Counseling Center.