ERIC Number: ED407610
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar-27
Comparing Adult Students' Growth in College to that of Traditional Students.
Graham, Steve; Donaldson, Joe
The new ACT College Outcomes Survey was used with a national sample of 9,348 undergraduate students to evaluate the effects of the college environment on academic and intellectual development. It compared the outcomes for adult learners with those for younger students. An index score was created that considered both the progress the students reported as well as their assessment of the importance of that aspect of development. Adult and younger students were also compared regarding their involvement and participation in the college environment. Findings indicated adults were much less involved in the campus events and much more involved in caring for their families. Despite this lower level of involvement in the college environment, adults reported slightly higher levels of growth on most academic and intellectual items than did the younger students. Possible explanations are given for the results including other ways adults can integrate what they have learned that takes the place of traditional campus involvement. (Appendixes include 29 references and 3 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 (Chicago, IL, March 27, 1997).