ERIC Number: ED202293
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
State Planning for Adult Learners.
McNeil, Donald R.
Issues in statewide planning for the provision of postsecondary education to adult students are considered. Developments that have resulted in commitment to lifelong learning by the federal government, state governments, and institutions are noted, including declining enrollments. Lifelong learning has been regarded as many things: off-campus instruction, service to part-time students, and nontraditional learning. It can be credit or noncredit, examination for credit, or credit for life experiences. Lifelong learning is often classified on the basis of the delivery system and in terms of target audiences. The California master plan, the community college five-year plan, and other plans within the state are briefly described in terms of their consideration of adult students. Some persepctives on planning are offered, including the following: there is a need for diversity in institutions, instructional methods, and subject matter; planning should be evaluated and coordinated; the planning function should be shared by participants at all levels; and there will never be a perfectly meshed plan, given the federal, state, and local levels of bureaucracy and other differences. Suggested questions that state planners need to consider include: how to weigh individual educational needs; the extent to which duplication will be permitted; whether planning will be conducted only for areas requiring tax dollars; how to guarantee quality; how detailed a plan should be; whether the planning will promote diversity of learning; whether plans should include the estabishment of new institutions or agenices to reach the new adult audiences; and the extent to which institutions should seek out new audiences. (SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: State Higher Education Executive Officers Association.; Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO. Inservice Education Program.