ERIC Number: EJ1031271
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 54
Paradoxical Understandings Regarding Adult Undergraduate Persistence
Kasworm, Carol E.
Journal of Continuing Higher Education, v62 n2 p67-77 2014
Historically, characteristics of student persistence and graduation completion were most often linked to strategies which honored the full-time residential younger undergraduate. Adult students have been viewed as high-risk and typically problematic students for continuous enrollment and degree completion. This article explores the key paradoxical aspects that have defined understandings of persistence and graduation completion impacting perspectives on adult students, of key research findings regarding influencer characteristics for persistence of adult undergraduates, and of broad institutional stances that have influenced and hindered adult access and persistence. Implications suggest three key actions by adult higher educators for policy, programs, and future research.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Adult Students, Academic Persistence, Student Attrition, Enrollment Influences, Acceleration (Education), Learner Engagement, Education Work Relationship, Cooperative Education, Life Style, Continuation Students, Extension Education, Educational Attainment
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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