ERIC Number: ED200167
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
A Survey of the Similarities and Differences Between Continuing Education and Younger Students.
The opinions, attitudes, characteristics, and behaviors of continuing education and traditional younger students at Barat College were compared, as part of an evaluation phase project of the Fund for Postsecondary Education. Approximately 20 percent (125 students) of Barat students enrolled during the 1973-74 school year were administered two questionnaires, the standardized College Student Questionnaire (CSQ), Part II, and an in-house institutional activities questionnaire. The CSQ showed that both groups shared similar attitudes toward the appreciation of culture, study habits, satisfaction with faculty, and satisfaction with administration. The in-house questionnaire also showed that continuing education and younger students have similar career plans, distribute their time for most activities similarly, and acknowledge the positive impact of courses, instructors, and students. It was found that continuing education and younger students, generally, differ on dimensions where differences could be expected to occur: age, independence, and specific goals. However, some of these dimensions may have combined to produce a major attitudinal discrepancy between some younger students who are apprehensive about the continuing program and the continuing education students and younger students who are not. Opinions about the future of Barat as a women's college and as a larger college did not markedly differ. Appended materials include summaries of tape-recorded conversations about continuing education, a conference report about continuing education students at Barat College, faculty comments, and other study reports. (SW)
Descriptors: Adult Students, Age Differences, Age Groups, College Students, Comparative Analysis, Continuing Education, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Occupational Aspiration, Single Sex Colleges, Student Attitudes, Student Behavior, Student Characteristics, Student College Relationship, Study Habits, Womens Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Barat Coll., Lake Forest, IL.