ERIC Number: ED180328
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: N/A
Adult Baccalaureate Programs. AAHE-ERIC/Higher Education Research Report No. 9.
Eldred, Marilou Denbo; Marienau, Catherine
A survey was conducted of 137 higher education institutions that have developed adult baccalaureate programs. Four major issues related to degree offerings for adults were examined: clientele, access to degree programs, institutional contexts of adult degree programs, and academic components of adult programs. A description of the clientele served by adult programs is presented from the perspective of student perceptions of their program status and the institution's view of adult students. The issue of access is discussed from two perspectives: barriers that impede adults' access to degrees, and accommodations that are being made for adult students. The institutional context of adult degree programs is discussed with regard to the growth of adult programs, their availability in various types of institutions across the nation, and their involvement in interinstitutional arrangements. The status of adult degree programs in relation to their host institutions is examined with regard to program name distinctions, enrollment size, funding base, and tuition costs. The academic components of degree programs include goals of the curriculum, curricular design, faculty instructional roles, types of learning, and evaluation of learning. It is concluded that adult baccalaureate degree programs need to be granted status equal to that of more traditional programs; adults are still barred from equal access to higher education opportunities, or at least their options are limited to a greater extent than is desirable. A bibliography and a listing of adult baccalaureate programs by state are included. (SW)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Students, Bachelors Degrees, College Curriculum, College Students, Educational Demand, Educational Objectives, Educational Supply, Enrollment Trends, Financial Support, Higher Education, Student Evaluation, Student Needs, Surveys, Tuition
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reference Materials - Directories/Catalogs
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Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: George Washington Univ., Washington, DC. ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education.; American Association for Higher Education, Washington, DC.