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ERIC Number: ED179146
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Jun-3
Pages: 121
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Rationale and Strategy for Serving Mature Women Returning to Higher Education.
McClain, Ruth Stellatella
Past, present, and future perspectives for mature women who are returning to postsecondary education are examined. It is suggested that women from all socioeconomic levels are returning to college to receive more education for self-fulfillment and for eventual marketable skills. Part I explores the characteristics of this population, discusses women in the labor market, and examines future educational and occupational implications. Also examined are the traditional and discriminatory attitudes toward women's roles that have limited access to higher education. National and local enrollment trends of returning adult women students are examined in Part II. The data indicate that adult women are becoming a substantial part of the total higher education population. The importance of adequate career development programs for women is discussed in Part III. A basic counseling model and a career development model built on its structure were used as criteria for evaluating 16 career development programs. Each evaluation includes critical comments and an overall judgment. Part IV examines why adult women should be given special attention and suggests a program for community colleges that would provide access for adult women. A five-phased treatment plan is explained that involves following the student through two years of college and providing a career development program. High quality, low cost, and program variety are discussed as factors that make the community college a desireable setting for the mature woman returning to higher education. (SF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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