ERIC Number: ED277902
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: 0
Advising Adult Learners. NACADA Task Force Report.
Polson, Cheryl; And Others
A study examined the scope of existing services for adult learners attending universities and colleges. Survey instruments designed to gather data on institutional support for adult learner services, special target groups identified by individual institutions, and institutional barriers confronted by adult learners on campus were mailed to a random sample of 439 members (one-third) of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). Two hundred thirty-three usable responses were received. Seventy percent of the institutions represented in the survey reported having altered program offerings in the past 5 years to accommodate the needs of adult learners. Seventy-nine percent provided academic advising and 78 percent offered career advising/counseling for adult learners. Other accommodations for adult learners included keeping offices open at nontraditional times, offering scholarships or other financial aid and special orientation sessions, providing placement services, and offering preparatory and refresher courses. Ninety-two percent of these programs and services for adults were offered on campus. Special services were offered at many institutions for such special needs groups as reentry women and men, blue-collar workers, adults with no previous college work, and community and business groups. Forty-three percent of the institutions offered special admission requirements that recognized the needs, skills, and/or circumstances of adults. (A 22-page bibliography on academic advising of adult learners in higher education is appended to this report.) (MN)
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Academic Advising Association, Pomona, NJ.
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference on Academic Advising (10th, Seattle, WA, October 12-15, 1986).