ERIC Number: ED396171
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Lifelong Learning Trends. A Profile of Continuing Higher Education. Fourth Edition.
National Univ. Continuing Education Association, Washington, DC.
This book reports national data on trends and participation in continuing higher education. Statistics in the book have been derived from data collected by the authors, as well as by governmental and private organizations. The book is organized in six sections that cover the following topics: factors contributing to the growth of continuing higher education; student characteristics; financing study; preparing for the global economy; building a literate and an informed society; and joining the information age. A glossary defines 40 terms. Some of the trends profiled in the book include the following: (1) part time students are the fastest growing population in higher education; (2) more Americans are college educated than ever before; (3) nearly half of the adult population participates annually in continuing education activities; (4) part-time students are primarily women; (5) nearly half of all minority college students enroll part time; (6) most employers finance college-level studies; (7) many states mandate continuing education for professionals; (8) the global economy creates more travel to and from foreign countries; (9) continuing education responds to increased demand for bilingual teachers; (10) masters of liberal studies programs are multiplying; (11) programs for adults of retirement age are popular and numerous; (12) every home has access to instructional technology; (13) use of the Internet is growing exponentially; and (14) distance technology-based courses are becoming more popular in universities. (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Students, Continuing Education, Economic Development, Education Work Relationship, Educational Finance, Educational Needs, Educational Technology, Educational Trends, Fringe Benefits, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Information Services, Lifelong Learning, Part Time Students, Participation, Student Characteristics
National University Continuing Education Association, Publications Office, One Dupont Circle, Suite 615, Washington, DC 20036-1168 ($25 plus $4.50 postage/handling; 20% discount for members).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Univ. Continuing Education Association, Washington, DC.