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ERIC Number: ED346781
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Mar-27
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
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Implications of Increased Enrollment of Adult Learners in Colleges and Universities.
Bowden, S. Dianne; Heritage, Jeannette
A study was done of adult students at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) in 1991 to gather information on the characteristics of this population. A survey instrument defined the non-traditional student or adult learner as any student over the age of 24 attending MTSU. A total of 1,200 surveys were sent to full-time students, and 300 responses were received. Preliminary review of the responses found that 50 of the students were married and 150 indicated no martial status; most lived within 50 miles of the campus; and many had children and expressed a strong interest in child care. Of the respondents, 100 were employed part-time, and 75 were employed full-time with many students citing problems with maintaining employment and attending school. Students also requested knowledgeable advisors and expressed frustration at the lack of financial assistance. Results of the study prompted MTSU to establish an Adult Service Center which has become a successful one-stop source for information, referral and support services. The report includes a description of the structure and operation of the Center. Included are one figure, two tables, a copy of a letter to all adult students and a facsimile of the student survey as well as seven references. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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