ERIC Number: ED394053
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Adults' Personal Development in College.
Graham, Steve; Donaldson, Joe
The new American College Testing (ACT) College Outcomes Survey was used with a national sample of 9,348 undergraduate students to evaluate the effects of college on the personal and social self-concept of students. About one-third of the sample were over age 26. Outcomes for adult learners were compared with those of younger students. An "index of personal growth attributed to college attendance" was used to measure 36 items of personal and social growth and the college contribution to development. The index values indicated that colleges had "tangible" impact on 29 of the 36 areas for adult students, and adults reported personal and social growth comparable to that of the younger students. Comparisons were drawn between older college students and younger, more traditional-aged students to determine if the two groups showed different patterns of involvement in the college environment and if the impact of the college experience was different for adults. Adults were much less involved in campus activities and much more likely to be involved in caring for family. (Appendixes contain a list of 46 references and 5 data tables.) (Author/YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, April 1996).