ERIC Number: ED257969
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Adult Students and Their Unenrolled Cohorts at UW-Stevens Point.
Sewall, Timothy J.; Kocurek, Margaret
A survey was conducted at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) to gather basic information and opinions from returning adult students (aged 25 years or older) and to contact a sample of unenrolled adults in the community to determine their educational preferences. Surveys were distributed to approximately half of the 841 adult students enrolled in the school in the Spring of 1984, and to a group of "potential" students whose names were provided by the students who returned the questionnaires. Usable questionnaires were received from 306 students and 59 nonstudents. Some of the results of the survey were as follows: (1) 72 percent of the adult students were between 23-34 years of age; in the 35-plus age category, women outnumber men 3 to 1; the nonstudent cohort group had a similar age and sex distribution; (2) nonstudents were more likely than the students to be married, less likely to have children, and much more likely to be employed; (3) there were more nonstudents than students in the semiskilled manual labor categories; (4) two-thirds of the students had some postsecondary education prior to enrolling at UWSP, and 59 percent of the students planned to earn graduate degrees; (5) nonstudents cited job and home responsibilities, lack of incentive, and cost as major reasons for not continuing their education; and (6) both groups preferred classes that met on Mondays or Tuesdays. Suggestions were made to facilitate class attendance for adult students in the hope of increasing service to that market. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Green Bay. Assessment Center.