ERIC Number: ED277332
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Barriers Non-Traditional Age Freshmen Women Encounter as They Seek Entrance to Four-Year Colleges and Universities.
Moore, Wanda Young Cadman
Barriers faced by 42 nontraditional age women (age 35 or above) enrolled as freshman in four state institutions in Oregon were studied, based on a demographic survey and interviews. The following types of barriers were identified: (1) social barriers, constraints brought about through economics, age, family or community attitudes, or sex-role stereotyping; (2) insitutional barriers, practices that discriminate to keep nontraditional-age women out, or means that are not used to encourage and support their entrance; and (3) psychological barriers, pervasive and complex beliefs concerning personal identity and self-image. General institutional barriers (43%) were identified more often than general psychological barriers (29%) or general social barriers (28%). When asked to identify one or more major barriers that could have kept them out of school, major social barriers (65%) predominated over major institutional barriers (17%) and major psychological barriers (17%). The respondents offered recommendations that could aid other nontraditional age women to enter college. A literature review and questionnaire/interview forms are included. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Note: Questionnaire printed in small type.