ERIC Number: ED169967
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Meeting Academic Success Needs of Re-Entry Adults. Final Report.
Mangano, Joseph A.; Corrado, Thomas J.
To assess the relative importance of selected educational needs for adult students in New York's two-year colleges, samples of faculty/staff, younger (17-24) traditional college students, and older (25+ years) re-entry adult students were administered the Survey of Student Needs, a 75-item questionnaire tapping the following five facets of the collegiate experience: academic survival skills, personal development, instructional patterns, curricular services, and support services. Chi-square analyses indicated several major trends. High priority items for re-entry adults included evening and weekend classes and registration, life-experience credit, and vocabulary and math skill improvement. Both younger and older students exhibited a strong preference for memory, concentration, and study skill improvement; for relaxed, informal, encouraging instructors who provide examples in their lectures; and for a broad educational background. Re-entry adult women expressed a significant need for remedial and support services, encouragement and reassurance, and academic survival skill improvement. Faculty/staff perceived the needs of re-entry adults as more important than the adults themselves had indicated. Data were organized into a three-level ordering of needs ranked within facets, and institutional resources were inventoried according to the identified needs of re-entry adult students. (Author)
Descriptors: Adult Students, Ancillary Services, Classification, College Curriculum, Community Colleges, Educational Needs, Females, Individual Development, Males, Nontraditional Students, Reentry Students, State Surveys, Student Attitudes, Student College Relationship, Student Needs, Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Reference Materials - Vocabularies/Classifications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New York State Education Dept. Albany, Grants Administration Unit.
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Albany. Two Year Coll. Student Development Center.