ERIC Number: ED172037
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Metropolitan State University. An Institution for Adult Development and Career Change.
Parker, L. Allen
In the adult development and career change program of Metropolitan State University (Minneapolis-St. Paul), a student sets a career or personal enhancement goal and develops a plan detailing the competencies necessary to achieve that goal. The competencies and learning gained from prior experiences are then assessed and documented, while learning activities are designed to gain new competencies. Learning strategy options available to students include (1) group learning opportunities, (2) faculty-designed independent studies, (3) student-designed independent study, (4) internships, and (5) workshops. Metropolitan State University is unique in that it has no campus and only twenty-five permanent faculty members. It relies on community resources including the libraries of three dozen institutions and approximately 300 part-time community faculty members with special expertise. Students design and implement their own education with the guidance of a faculty advisor assigned by the institution. For this reason, the program is especially attractive to fulltime workers seeking career change. (Included in this case history are examples of students who have graduated from the program.) (LRA)
Descriptors: Adult Counseling, Adult Development, Adult Students, Career Change, Career Choice, Career Development, Career Guidance, Career Planning, Case Studies, College Credits, Experiential Learning, Higher Education, Independent Study, Individual Development, Individualized Programs, Internship Programs, Occupational Mobility, Program Descriptions, Retraining, School Business Relationship, Student Evaluation, Student Responsibility, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Occupational and Adult Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Technical Education Research Center, Cambridge, MA.