ERIC Number: ED161310
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Feb-1
An Examination of Goals of Potential and Actual Learners: University of Mid-America/State University of Nebraska. Working Paper No. 1 [and] Executive Summary.
Eggert, John D.
An examination is provided of University of Mid-America/State University of Nebraska (UMA/SUN) multimedia adult learners, based on market surveys in 1973 and 1974. One of the major responsibilities of SUN was to complete the planning of a two-year postsecondary open learning curriculum to be offered, including enumeration of courses in order of priority of development, establish a procedure for the study of student goals and objectives, develop a plan for the awarding of a certificate of achievement, and develop a plan for a credit-by-examination program. This report focuses on what students want. The 1974 market survey gathered data on demographic information, what people want to learn and how they want to learn, and educational plans. Data from a Student Information Questionnaire (SIQ) are reported for student ratings of goals, most important goals, and degree goals. Data on student desire for college credit, deterrents to continuing education, and educational methods, were also gathered. Among the findings were that most students had a general desire to know and/or a desire to advance economically. It is recommended that specific goals and populations be identified and selected as the objects of additional, more focused surveys. The survey forms and SIQ are appended. (LBH)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Students, Aspiration, College Credits, Delivery Systems, Demography, Educational Television, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Marketing, Motivation, Nontraditional Students, Open Enrollment, Research Projects, School Surveys, Student Characteristics, Telecourses
Office of Public Affairs and Information Services, University of Mid-America, Box 82006, Lincoln, Nebraska 68501
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: University of Mid-America, Lincoln, NE.