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ERIC Number: ED331446
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
Impact of Older Students on Higher Education in the United States: 1945-1985.
Solomon, Kay Stanford
This paper argues that colleges and universities recruit older students (age 25 and older) but are not responsive to them and their needs, which are different from those of traditional-aged students. Trends in enrollment of older students in higher education are noted, beginning in 1946 with the return of World War II veterans and the passage of the G.I. Bill. The paper also discusses: higher education's efforts to deal with the shrinking supply of 18- to 22-year-olds by finding new ways to increase or at least stabilize enrollments, using a corporate approach to direct their activities; adults' reasons for entering higher education; barriers encountered by adult students; and inappropriateness of some college programs and policies. Recommendations are offered for developing services for older students, such as creating an entry education center, an adult learner support center, and flexible course arrangements. The paper concludes that returning adult students should find caring, committed staff to help them through admissions, help them remain committed, and help them find what they want after they graduate. (Includes 18 references) (LPT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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