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Gast, Angela – New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, 2013
Although many adult students turn to online degree programs due to their flexibility and convenience, a majority of prospective adult learners prefer to take classes on traditional brick-and-mortar campuses. This chapter examines how public research universities create pathways to degree attainment and boost degree completion rates among adult…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Academic Degrees, Educational Trends, Public Colleges
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Klein-Collins, Rebecca; Wertheim, Judith B. – New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, 2013
Central to many of the current developments in higher education is prior learning assessment (PLA). In the past several years, with new and ambitious degree completion goals for adults, the United States is witnessing what can only be called a surge of interest in PLA.
Descriptors: Prior Learning, Higher Education, Adult Education, Achievement Rating
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Frye, Steven B. – New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, 2012
Looking back on the use of distance education tools by religious groups, one word that stands out is change. The old adage "We've never done it that way before" will become less valid as religious bodies find themselves in the midst of a world inundated with online possibilities that call them to question how they interact with members…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Web Based Instruction, Computer Mediated Communication, Distance Education
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McLean, Margaret A. – New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, 2011
Ableism is discrimination on the grounds that being able bodied is the normal and superior human condition. In contrast, being "disabled" is linked to ill health, incapacity, and dependence. These understandings become institutionalized in the beliefs, language, and practices of nondisabled people and create barriers to equitable social…
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Adult Students, Adult Education, Adult Educators
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Roberts, Nella A.; Plakhotnik, Maria S. – New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, 2009
In this chapter, two women doctoral candidates examine the nature and function of support systems in graduate adult education. Recommendations and strategies for building social capital in the academy are also discussed.
Descriptors: Females, Adult Learning, Womens Education, Social Capital
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Ojo, Elizabeth D. – New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, 2009
Humans are social beings endowed with intrinsic and extrinsic capabilities and a desire to seek and receive social support from one another. The extent to which this action takes place varies as people move farther away from their familiar environment to new locations. Many immigrant women have traveled far and wide in search of "better…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Females, Immigrants, Adult Learning
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Matkin, Gary W. – New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, 2004
Multiple factors are changing the underlying financial structure of higher education in America to a form much like the structure now used for adult degree programs. This change is likely to have profound effects on institutional behavior and public policy.
Descriptors: Public Policy, Adult Students, Educational Technology, Educational Finance
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Rodriquez, Frank G.; Nash, Susan Smith – New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, 2004
While technology has for many years been a critical component in programs for adults and calls to mind sophisticated gadgetry with expensive price tags, it is often the nexus where technology and humans intersect that proves most critical to the success and quality of adult degree programs.
Descriptors: Adult Students, Educational Technology, Adult Education, Higher Education
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Pappas, James P.; Jerman, Jerry – New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, 2004
This concluding chapter offers a number of key considerations for institutions interested in developing and delivering adult degree programs.
Descriptors: Adult Students, Adult Education, Higher Education, Program Development