ERIC Number: ED167697
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Apr-11
Reference Count: N/A
Meeting the Educational Needs of the Older Adult: ELDERHOSTEL as a Program in Collegiate Education.
Kennedy, Mary Ellen
Educational programs geared for older adults are a recent development in colleges. While certain physical handicaps may occur older persons can learn, nonetheless. Older adults are interested in learning new things and are excited by interacting with younger people in intergenerational college courses. Many programs are being built on the 1965 Higher Education Act and other adult education legislation. The most recent of these, and perhaps most innovative, is ELDERHOSTEL. ELDERHOSTEL offers residential academic programs to persons over sixty within a network of over 100 college and university campuses in eighteen states for one-week periods. ELDERHOSTEL began in 1974, and in its first days offered fifteen weeks at five colleges to 220 persons. By 1977, 1,541 persons were being served. The national office, located in Newton, Massachusetts, directs program coordination, standardization, and evaluation. Generally, liberal arts programs have been stressed. Each school is required to provide three college-quality courses with seven to ten contact hours a week. Courses are noncredit and require no tests, grades, or homework. Most programs are initially funded under Title I of the 1965 Higher Education Act. ELDERHOSTEL attempts to integrate older adults into the larger society through intergenerational classes. (CSS)
Descriptors: Adult Students, Adults, College Programs, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Finance, Educational Opportunities, Individual Characteristics, Interaction, Intergroup Education, Learning Experience, Liberal Arts, Lifelong Learning, Networks, Noncredit Courses, Older Adults, Program Descriptions, Residential Programs, Stereotypes
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pittsburgh Univ., PA. Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Higher Education Act 1965