ERIC Number: ED264776
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr-1
Reference Count: 0
Factors Influencing Satisfaction of Non-Traditional Students with Mainstream Graduate Programs.
Mahan, James M.; Lacefield, Warren E.
Factors that influence satisfaction and retention of nontraditional students in graduate programs of education were studied. The study participants attended a major, midwestern university and consisted of three groups: 10 Hispanic graduate students (26-58 years old); 10 Anglo graduate students (29-43 years old); and graduate faculty teaching the 20 students. The Anglo sample was mostly younger than the Hispanic sample. For the Hispanic students, 3 to 34 years had elapsed prior to entering the doctoral program. Respondents rated 24 potential problems and obstacles that the students might encounter in graduate study, and ratings were made of five general categories of Maslovian personal needs: self-actualization, autonomy, esteem, social, and security. Problems rated most severe by Hispanic students concerned institutional and organizational aspects of graduate study life. The Hispanic students rated every problem as more serious to them than did the Anglo students. Six of the 10 Hispanic students were judged as having little chance for completion of their doctoral programs. The analysis revealed characteristics of students who were likely to be successful. Recommendations for the institution are included. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, March 31-April 4, 1985).