ERIC Number: ED180564
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: N/A
Responding to the Needs of Re-entry Adults in Two-Year Colleges.
Mangano, Joseph A.; Corrado, Thomas J.
The objective of the Meeting Academic Success Needs of Re-Entry Adults Project is to assess information on re-entry adults in two-year colleges. This project description begins by determining the state of the art in lifelong learning, focusing particularly on adult enrollment trends and the purposes of lifelong learning. Secondly, re-entry adult students are profiled in terms of their age, objectives, backgrounds, employment patterns, urban vs. rural residence, sex, the number of people desiring to take part in learning activities, their interests, preferences for learning sites and school schedules, and reasons why adult students merit special attention. Thirdly, the role of two-year colleges in lifelong learning is addressed, especially in relation to their responsiveness,"open door" policy, community-based philosophy, and low instructor-student ratios. The next section discusses the findings of a project to determine the relative importance of selected educational needs to re-entry adult students, and to assist two-year colleges in providing programs and support services for these non-traditional students. Finally, ways of integrating lifelong learning into the two-year college context are outlined both in terms of dissemination and implementation activities. (JP)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Adult Students, College Role, Community Colleges, Delivery Systems, Enrollment Trends, Lifelong Learning, Nontraditional Students, Reentry Students, School Schedules, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Needs, Student Personnel Services, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
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.