ERIC Number: ED382769
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jan
Building on a Tradition of Innovation: Ensuring Quality in Adult Degree Programs.
Institute for Professional Development, Phoenix, AZ.
The growth of adult higher education programs is in direct response to the demand in the marketplace for adult higher education. It is possible to deliver a high quality educational program in a nontraditional delivery format for the adult learner and to identify high quality educational programs in the marketplace. High quality adult educational programs have the following characteristics: (1) the program supports the mission of the institution; (2) support from both full-time faculty and administration exists; (3) the programs are guided by a sound administrative structure that provides for cross-campus involvement and appropriate staffing and services; (4) the faculty is a combination of full-time and adjunct individuals who possess the appropriate educational credentials and experience in the field; (5) the programs are reviewed and approved by one of six regional accrediting agencies; (6) curriculum is developed based upon adult learning theory and is continuously evaluated and improved; (7) it is clearly articulated what the student will learn as a result of completing the curriculum through the use of specific learning objectives and outcomes; (8) the adult learner has sufficient access to information required to conduct advanced research and study and become a lifelong learner; (9) student support services are provided which are accessible and user friendly; and (10) the institution is led by committed and competent leaders who provide vision to the institution. (Contains 15 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Learning, Adult Students, Curriculum Development, Educational Administration, Educational Innovation, Educational Objectives, Educational Quality, Higher Education, Lifelong Learning, Nontraditional Students, Program Effectiveness, Student Personnel Services, Teacher Effectiveness
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute for Professional Development, Phoenix, AZ.