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ERIC Number: ED224525
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Dec
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Can Student Services Meet the Challenge of Adult Students?
Parks, Dennis R.
One of the major challenges for community colleges in the 1980s will be to respond to the increasing diversification of the student population and the trend towards a greater proportion of older, part-time, and women students. This trend will have a significant impact on student services and will require the development of strategies and programs to incorporate adult students' needs into the college's operations and functions. The student development model, which placed the individual at the center of the learning process and sought to marshall institutional resources towards developing students' self-sufficiency, will require significant modification to respond to the particular needs of older students. Research emphasizing the differences between traditional college-age students and adult students provides a framework for modifying the philosophy and functions of student services based on the recognition that adult and traditional students come to college with differing views, attitudes, expectations, and goals. Examples of modifications in important student services areas include: (1) the provision of reliable answers to specific questions about career opportunities rather than general information about the world of work; (2) the development of campus activities geared to adult students' interests in recognition that they may desire and benefit from activities differing from those oriented to traditional students; and (3) the provision of confidence-building efforts as part of orientation or developmental programs. (HB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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