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ERIC Number: EJ926222
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1045-1595
Educator, Planner and Advocate: Higher Education for Adults in the New Millennium
Plageman, Paula
Adult Learning, v22 n2 p32-36 Spr 2011
The purpose of this article is to identify an issue that impacts individuals and institutions on a seemingly individual basis but collectively affects numerous program participants and their communities. Specifically, this article is about the tension between the need to provide student support service programming with the need to advocate for the funding needed to provide this type of programming. Providing student services is a cost to higher educational institutions and program directors are the individuals who must maintain the services within the fiscal restraints imposed by higher education institutions and/or grant funding organizations. The goal of support service programming is to increase graduation and thus retention rates. Although increasing retention rates can have a positive financial impact on institutions of higher education, the impact of student support services is in-direct and difficult to quantify because of the large number of variables which impact student retention and persistence. This article will examine aspects of creating programming, specific program planning, and the need for advocacy. In today's economically challenging times, funding for many programs is under tough scrutiny. This means program directors often need to not only show measurable outcomes, but know how to effectively market the benefits of their programs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A