ERIC Number: ED322977
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Community College Programs for the Older Adult Learner.
Charles, Richard F., Ed.; Bartunek, Carol, Ed.
Recognizing the growing population of older learners and seeking to repond to this growing student pool, in January 1989 the League for Innovation in the Community College, in conjunction with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), conducted a survey of League member institutions in an effort to identify innovations developed for senior adult services and programs. The survey results included the following: (1) the majority of older adult programs come under what is called Community Services, Adult Education, or Short Courses; (2) most colleges conduct non-credit courses with fees between $25-$50 per class; (3) several colleges allow "audits" of regular courses with fees waived for those over 60; (4) 50% of the League schools say they have a special program and/or center for older adults at their college; (5) League schools involved in Older Adult Education employ many more part-time than full-time staff with more than 80% of those teaching classes for the older adult learner being part-timers; (6) 75% of the colleges surveyed offer non-credit classes to seniors; and (7) full-term courses are often taught to seniors for credit at off-campus sites. Following the summary of survey findings, the report provides individual descriptions of the adult centers and programs offered at 16 member institutions. Then, the report profiles 13 special program offerings, including older adult seminars and curriculum. Appended is a list of contact persons for all colleges and programs profiled. (GFW)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Foothill-De Anza Community Coll. District, Los Altos Hills, CA.; League for Innovation in the Community Coll., Los Angeles, CA.