ERIC Number: ED401813
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Oct
Life After Forty: A New Portrait of Today's--and Tomorrow's--Postsecondary Students.
O'Brien, Colleen T.; Merisotis, Jamie P.
This report is designed to increase understanding of the specific educational needs and accomplishments of the population aged 40 and over involved in postsecondary education and training, providing an array of statistical and descriptive data about older postsecondary students. Data indicate that students over 40 are rapidly increasing as a proportion of the total enrollment in formal higher education, generally attend classes part-time, and express as their greatest need training in their current jobs. Students over 40 have difficulty taking advantage of student services designed to assist them and are less likely to receive financial aid than younger students. Students over 40 generally earn better grades than younger students, but take longer to complete their studies. The report concludes that the demographic wave of students over age 40 could overwhelm the current infrastructure of traditional higher education institutions, especially when combined with the baby boom "echo" of students who will begin enrolling around the year 2000. (Contains 84 references.) (MDM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adult Students, Age Differences, College Students, Demography, Educational Trends, Enrollment Trends, Higher Education, Long Range Planning, Nontraditional Students, Postsecondary Education, Student Financial Aid, Student Needs, Training
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Resources Inst., Boston, MA.; Institute for Higher Education Policy, Washington, DC.