ERIC Number: ED219014
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
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The Impact of an Adult Distance Learning Program on Campus Enrollments.
Brown, Laurence A., Jr.
The degree to which early enrollees in an adult distance learning program elected to take these courses rather than to enroll in traditional on-campus programs was assessed, along with the effects of participation on enrollees' ensuing behaviors and attitudes toward continuing education. The State University of Nebraska (SUN) Program was initiated in 1972 as the distance education arm of the University of Nebraska System, and in 1975, SUN became part of the University of Mid-America (UMA), a distance education consortium presently comprised of 11 state universities in seven midwestern states. A random sample of those who had enrolled in one or more SUN courses during the first three offerings of courses were contacted by telephone in 1978, and completed interview questionnaires were obtained from 339 individuals. About 37 percent of the respondents indicated that they would have enrolled in a classroom-setting program had SUN not been available to them, and most of these said they would have enrolled in a 4-year university or college in Nebraska. The findings also support the view that participation in a college-level distance education program is, for many adult enrollees, instrumental in encouraging them to continue their education, often in a more traditional, on-campus program. The survey results provide a variety of indicators that participation in the SUN program had been a major factor in effecting a positive disposition toward continuing adult education among the respondents. It is concluded that the SUN program has not resulted in a discernible decrease in on-campus college programs in Nebraska. A questionnaire is appended. (SW)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Students, Competition, Consortia, Continuing Education, Educational Demand, Educational Television, Enrollment Influences, Extension Education, Followup Studies, Higher Education, Nontraditional Education, Nontraditional Students, State Universities, Student Attitudes, Telecourses
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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