ERIC Number: ED373831
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Student Development Survey of Adult Students. Volume XXII, Number 16, April 1994.
Lucas, John A.; And Others
A follow-up study was conducted at Illinois' William Rainey Harper College (WRHC) to investigate the experiences of students 25 years of age and older at the college, including the services they used, the barriers they faced, and the ways WRHC could assist adult students in the future. A survey instrument was mailed to a stratified random sample of 125 students in each of four age groups: 25-30, 31-40, 41-50, and 51 and older. Study findings, based on a 36% response rate, included the following: (1) 78% of the respondents were female, 85% were employed full time, and 5% were minorities; (2) 6% were currently part-time students, 47% away from WRHC temporarily, and 47% were away from WRHC permanently; (3) the students attended WRHC mainly for personal growth, to develop new career opportunities, to update their current job skills, and to receive credentialing for their goals; (4) most were under time constraints and wanted to accomplish their goals in a short period of time; (5) the adult students were open to receiving college services, if they were aware of the services, if the services were offered at convenient times, and if the services will help them achieve their goals; (6) they appreciate WRHC offering classes at convenient times, being close to home, offering inexpensive programs, and offering a wide variety of programs; and (7) 40% volunteered to serve in an advisory capacity for future adult planning sessions. The survey instrument is included. (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.