ERIC Number: ED177285
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Adapting Institutions to the Adult Learner: Experiments in Progress. Current Issues in Higher Education, 1978 National Conference Series.
Loring, Rosalind K.; And Others
The four conference papers presented here examine specific strategies and programs by which colleges and universities can design and adapt programs for adult students. In "Strategies of Adaptation" Rosalind K. Loring notes six major types of adaptation to which traditional, four-year schools have resorted (flexible schedules, simulated environments, special admission and retention policies, interdisciplinary degrees and programs, mass media delivery, and holistic programs such as contract learning and simulation gaming. She also discusses continuing barriers: notions of "academic excellence," systems of accumulating credits, and financial problems. Charlotte LeGates describes an interdisciplinary program developed by Justin Morrill College of Michigan State University--a pilot program for civil service workers who could attend at night and a permanent program, individually designed, in public policy and in society and law. In the third paper Mary Jim Josephs explains what a competency-based program is, how it can speak to the unique set of needs of nontraditional students, and how such an approach corresponds to the institutional need to create programs to recruit and retain nontraditional students. "An Experiment in Unbundling Services for Adults" by Joseph P. O'Neill deals with the issue of consumer protection--the question of equity for part-time and evening students in the tuition charges they pay. He examines the unit price system (credit-hour charge), the core and peripheral services involved, and some efforts at price sensitivity and repackaging underway in some schools. (JT)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Students, Change Strategies, College Programs, Colleges, Competency Based Education, Consumer Protection, Educational Change, Educational Innovation, Higher Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Marketing, Opinions, Program Descriptions, Program Design, Student Costs, Student Needs, Universities
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association for Higher Education, Washington, DC.
Note: Papers presented at the American Association for Higher Education Conference (1978); For related documents see CE 018 107-110