ERIC Number: ED396101
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
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Reflections on Mainstreaming of Adult Education: Into the Academic Life of Syracuse University, 1948-1973.
Charters, Alexander N.
To foster the recognition of adult education as a field of study and practice, Syracuse University made a conscious commitment to mold adult education into the very essence of the university. This effort was called mainstreaming. The following changes facilitated adult education in universities: the articulation of elementary, secondary, and postsecondary schools with admission to universities; communication between universities and their constituencies and their community; expansion of agencies of adult education and number of educators; and internal changes in universities, including periods of study, the Carnegie Unit, recognition for adult learning, extension credit and its phasing out, recommendations of recipients for degrees and other recognition, development of technology, financial aid to part-time students, intra-university transfer of credits, and institutional branches. A major development to facilitating mainstreaming of adult education was the establishment of the Office of Vice President for Continuing Education in 1964. Some elements of mainstreaming that evolved at Syracuse University were as follows: focusing on the adult learner; committing to the mission of adult education; keeping pace with change; strengthening standards of quality; developing faculty, staff, and other personnel; and providing support services. (Appendixes include lists of program and support staff, academic and administrative officers, and deans and directors.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Historical Materials
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Authoring Institution: Syracuse Univ., NY. Publications Program in Continuing Education.