ERIC Number: ED210056
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
An Evaluation of the Liberal Arts Program of the Institute of Study for Older Adults.
Pierce, Nancy; Burgio, Maria R.
In 1979 a project was undertaken to evaluate the Institute of Study for Older Adults (ISOA) Liberal Arts program, a unit of the City University of New York which provides noncredit, off-campus liberal arts classes for the elderly poor of New York City. The evaluation sought to determine the demographic characteristics of program participants; the relationship of learning with factors of social adjustment, self-esteem and life satisfaction in the aged; and the effectiveness of certain program operations. This seven-part report describes the Liberal Arts program as well as the evaluation effort and its results. After Part I reviews the scope and purpose of the evaluation project, Part II provides background on New York City Technical College, the Institute, and current challenges to the ISOA. Part II goes on to offer ISOA's view of general education as the application of academic disciplines to the lives of the elderly, and to outline five desired student outcomes. Part III introduces the evaluation project and the survey methodology used. The scales used on the questionnaire determined demographics, community activities and perceptions, perceived well-being, self-determinism, social interaction, social network assessment, course and teacher evaluation, and course effects on life satisfaction. Part IV presents and analyzes the results of the study, comparing ISOA participants with control groups, and also examines student and staff responses to the evaluation. The questionnaire and data tables are appended. (KL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: New York City Technical Coll., Brooklyn. Div. of Continuing Education and Extension Services.