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ERIC Number: ED533589
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 198
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1249-0530-3
The Need for Senior College Programming as a Statewide Higher Education Initiative: Individual, Institutional, and Societal Benefits of Senior Learning
Shepherd, Nancy Kay
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, New Mexico State University
The purpose of this study was to determine if there was sufficient emphasis on senior college programming in New Mexico public higher education institutions and if that programming should be formalized. It was suggested that an initiative among New Mexico higher education institutions be undertaken to create a statewide network for senior college programming in New Mexico. The network could serve the purpose of formalizing and strengthening this programming, and making it available to greater numbers of older adults in more locations across the state. A mixed methods research design was utilized, using both survey research and a focus group approach. The survey and focus group questions were developed by the researcher and reviewed by a panel of continuing education experts. All 23 institutions of higher education in New Mexico that were approached also participated in the study, with a total of 19 continuing education administrators at the director level or above responding to the survey. The two focus groups were comprised of four senior level administrators in one group and four students from senior college programs in the other. The results of this mixed methods research were compiled and analyzed. Graphs and percentages were used to show the frequencies of responses to questions. From the results of this study, five conclusions, with their implications and recommendations, were presented. In addition, three further recommendations were made. Future study on socio-economic implications of older adult learning, developmental appropriateness for learning in retirement, productivity through volunteering or working in old age, and an in-depth study of the overall vision for learning in retirement were all suggestions for attention and research. The recommendations from this research study were designed to aid in making decisions about future senior college programming. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC.Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Mexico