ERIC Number: ED246749
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-May
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Institutional Response to Problems of Returning Adult Students in Western Pennsylvania.
Templin, Jean P.
Problems associated with the returning adult student and methods used by colleges to address these problems were investigated. Attention was focused on full-time adult students registered in the traditional daytime program. A questionnaire was developed, based on typical problems identified through a literature review. Forty-two colleges and universities in western Pennsylvania were surveyed. Areas of study were: whether the school had a population of returning students; criteria used to identify the returning adult student; recruitment efforts for adult students; entry into the system; program and service needs of these adults; special staffing and funding to meet the needs of adult students; and interpersonal relationships with family, faculty, and other students. Findings indicate that: 11 schools did not have a returning adult population, 10 schools had some returning adult students but had developed no procedures for identifying them; 4 schools provided estimates of their traditional and adult populations; and 5 schools reported percentages. It was found that institutions varied widely in their attempts to meet the needs of these students. Many schools were unprepared to meet the needs of a population they had not defined. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania