ERIC Number: ED296084
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
Characteristics and Problems of Older Returning Students. College of Agricultural & Life Sciences Research Report.
Flannery, Daniele; Apps, Jerold
A study examined the barriers encountered by returning adult students and the potential change of those barriers over time. The 43 students constituting the survey population were enrolled in the graduate programs of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Students had to be at least 25 years old and have been out of school for at least 3 years to be considered a returning student. The students were interviewed twice, once in the first semester of their return to school and again a year later. The major barriers perceived by the returning adult students were increase in stress, parking in and around campus, balancing family and school time, balancing job and school time, and spending time with immediate family. The problem of balancing family and school time became more severe over the year; however, the severity of the other barriers remained the same. The barriers related to difficulties in obtaining campus information, following registration procedures, and obtaining information from the graduate school decreased over time. Other than an increase in severity of stress, there were no changes in psychosocial barriers over time. As expected, situational barriers were perceived as the most serious and did not abate over time. Because only 3 of the 43 persons in the study withdrew from school after the second interview, the relationship between perceived barriers and persistence/withdrawal could not be tested. (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Coll. of Agricultural and Life Sciences.