ERIC Number: ED342918
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Report of the Task Force on Adult Student Life and Learning.
Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park.
A task force reviewed recommendations made in previous studies and assessed strategies for issues facing adult students at Pennsylvania State University. It addressed administrative and financial systems, special needs, services needed, and enhanced student life of adult students. At Penn State in the fall semester 1989, students 24 years of age or older represented 17 percent of the total undergraduate enrollment. More individualized attention seems to be needed for adult learners who come to college more goal oriented and demanding of services, yet with more time constraints. Adult learners juggle job, family, community, and classroom obligations. Competition for the adult learner has increased. Institutions most successful at recruiting provide the fewest barriers. Adult learners are not easily categorized, so programs and services should be flexible and accommodate their needs. All aspects of university life--instruction, services, and administration--need to support adult learners' educational experiences. Many units of Penn State provide programs and services for the adult learner. Critical areas need to be addressed: an ongoing system; faculty sensitization, instruction, and academic policy; enhancement of campus/student life; advising, counseling, and informational support; and administrative (student aid, admissions, and registration) and financial systems. (Appendices contain 18 references, an adult services checklist and responses, and implementation comments.) (NLA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park.