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ERIC Number: ED340414
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 47
Abstractor: N/A
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Barriers to Adult Learners of an Isolated Northern Community.
Hilts, David J.
In 1991, a study was conducted to determine perceptions regarding the deterrents to college attendance among adult learners in an isolated northern community. The study consisted of a survey of 40 students at the Fort Nelson campus of Northern Lights College (NLC) in British Columbia, and a follow-up interview of eight of the survey respondents. Subjects for the study were enrolled full-time at NLC during the 1990-91 academic year. Major study findings included the following: (1) 57.5% of the students surveyed indicated that lack of funding had been a major reason for delaying college entry, and 40% indicated that lack of funding could prevent students from achieving college success; (2) lack of self-confidence was cited by 32.5% of the respondents as a barrier preventing entrance into a college program; (3) over 35% of the respondents indicated that the college could help remove barriers by providing information on financial assistance (55%), reducing tuition (42.5%), providing assistance with day care (40%), and providing more useful course offerings (37.5%); and (4) the major reasons given for dropping out of college in the past were lack of self-confidence (20%), family obligations (17.5%), obtaining work (15%), and lack of funding (15%). Appendixes provide the survey instrument and interview responses. (JMC)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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