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ERIC Number: EJ960024
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-1383
Supporting Adult-Student Persistence in Community Colleges
Capps, Rosemary
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v44 n2 p38-44 2012
A growing majority of today's college-goers are adult students, and the economic and cultural trends driving this growth are here for the long term. In some respects this is good news: Adult undergraduate students tend to earn higher GPAs and have better aptitude and psychosocial scores than do traditional-aged students. Unfortunately, adult students are also less likely than traditional undergraduates to persist (i.e., re-enroll from semester to semester). Those who earn degrees take longer to do so and are more likely to take breaks along the way, which is expensive for both students and institutions. The study on which this article draws investigated adult-student persistence at a community college from the students' perspective. The venue was chosen because adult-student enrollments are highest at community colleges (Kasworm, 2003). The research questions included "what" the experience of persistence was like, "how" personal and institutional factors influenced that persistence, and "why" adult students persisted. This article focuses on one aspect of the study: how institutional factors influence adult-student persistence. The first section describes the study's methodology, the second outlines relevant findings, and the last contains policy and practice recommendations based on the study's findings. (Contains 12 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Utah