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ERIC Number: ED308732
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Oct
Pages: 8
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Adult Learners on Campus: A Celebration of Progress (Together We Can).
Carnahan, Robert E.; And Others
Adult learning at Penn State, New Kensington Campus, is discussed. The history of adult continuing education is presented, noting the precedent for adults to attend college was set after World War II. The 1980s has been a decade where the trickle of adult students has become a flood with the addition of adult women returning to campuses across the nation. At Penn State, the core of the aggregate of adults has always been the Adults on Campus Club, the catalyst for most of the significant changes designed to address adult needs. Adults have always been able to retain their unique identity and have also been encouraged to be involved in the total fabric of Penn State's campus academic and social tapestry. This club has formed the basis for an adult support group. It had also established the Goal Post, a student center that combines the functions of advising, counseling, and remediation. The Goal Post is the focal point of student academic life at the campus. Adults on-campus have helped create and establish unique adult orientations, adult brochures, and honor societies. Adults pushed for more comprehensive, computerized financial aid packages addressing the needs of returning adults. They also helped establish an emergency student loan. Most of the adults excel academically. They have received a long list of awards and recognitions in recent years. Adults currently serve as academic and social role models for the more traditional students who have high levels of motivation. They are involved in wide-ranging future projects like writing grants and developing extended degrees for location-bound adults. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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