ERIC Number: EJ858820
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
Postsecondary Choices of Nontraditional-Age Students: Non-Credit Courses or a Credential Program?
Kortesoja, Sandra L.
Review of Higher Education, v33 n1 p37-65 Fall 2009
Postsecondary education institutions of all types now operate in an external societal context increasingly influenced by international internet communication and global market forces. The college aspirations of nontraditional age (adult) postsecondary students facing a variety of choices for further education and/or job skills often reflect their work-related goals. Employing multinomial logistic (MNL) regression analysis, with selected results illustrated by plotting predicted probabilities, and using a nationally representative sample, this study tests the primary hypothesis that career-oriented young adults value postsecondary credential programs (either a college or university program, or a vocational/technical diploma/certificate program) over noncredit courses. (Contains 1 figure, 3 tables and 5 footnotes.)
Descriptors: Nontraditional Students, Adult Students, Postsecondary Education, College Students, Course Selection (Students), Noncredit Courses, Education Work Relationship, Student Attitudes, College Programs
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Household Education Survey