ERIC Number: ED184645
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Free and Reduced Tuition Policies for Older Adult Students at Two-Year Community, Junior, and Technical Colleges.
Butcher, Loretta J.
In order to investigate state-wide and institutional policies governing tuition waivers for older adult students at two-year colleges, a nationwide study was conducted, involving: (1) a literature review; (2) a survey of the state administrators of community colleges; (3) a survey of 146 institutions with tuition waiver policies; and (4) interviews with selected state and institutional administrators. The study sought information on the existence and details of state-wide policies and how they were established; who is eligible for tuition waivers and who is actually assisted; older adult enrollments in credit courses (for which tuition waivers are more frequently available) and non-credit courses (in which older adult enrollments are higher); and factors, including tuition waivers, which influence older adult student enrollments. Additionally, the kinds of support services that are available for older adults were identified, as were reasons why these services are not generally provided. The study revealed that the non-credit community education division was usually responsible for coordinating and administering senior programs, and that while courses in coping, survival, and developmental skills are being offered, older adults who need these skills are not being reached. Another area of investigation was funding of credit and non-credit community education programs. Several programs are highlighted in the report. (JP)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Credit Courses, Educational Finance, Educational Needs, Enrollment Influences, Enrollment Trends, Federal Aid, Financial Support, Lifelong Learning, Literature Reviews, National Surveys, Noncredit Courses, Older Adults, Outreach Programs, Part Time Students, Program Administration, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Public Policy, School Policy, State Aid, State Legislation, Student Financial Aid, Student Personnel Services, Tuition Grants, Two Year Colleges
American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, One Dupont Circle, N.W., Suite 410, Washington, DC 20036 ($3.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, Washington, DC.