ERIC Number: ED300620
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Nov
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Model Curriculum Programs and Services for Adult Learners.
Rountree-Wyly, Jeanie; Lambert, Joanne
Despite the abundance of information available regarding enrollment trends in higher education, few institutions are adequately prepared to offer educational experiences tailored for the newest phenomenon on campus, the adult part-time student. This group is expected to make up almost half of the undergraduate student body by 1992. Many of these students, who are working full tinme to support themselves and others, do not have the flexibility in their lives to adapt to programs and schedules already in existence in higher education. Institutions must reorganize in favor of the adult part-time student, especially in the scheduling of classes. Colleges fall into several areas on the continuum in meeting the needs of adult students, from those that ignore these students, through those that provide flexible scheduling for traditional programs, to those that create special adult degree programs. In one school in Oklahoma, for example, elementary education and business departments have combined resources to serve adult students by expanding existing programs. Student services (including general information, extended hours, child care, commuter service, housing, food service, health care, and placement services) should be increased in order to help adult students complete their college education. Creating a commitment on the part of universities to the needs of adult students is an ongoing task that requires extreme effort by faculty, staff, and administration. (KC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education (Tulsa, OK, November 1988).