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Current Trends in Adult Degree Programs: How Public Universities Respond to the Needs of Adult Learners
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
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
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
Borg, Carmel; Mayo, Peter – New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, 2010
The sites of adult education practice are multiple, and museums feature regularly among these sites (Chadwick and Stannett, 1995, 2000). This chapter explores the potential of museums as sites for critical "public pedagogy." It foregrounds the role of adult educators as co-interrogators with adult learners of what is generally perceived…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Adult Education, Adult Learning, Adult Students
Nanton, Carmela R. – New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, 2009
This chapter examines the cultural influences and applications of women's social capital networks on women's knowledge construction, community development, and autonomy within their cultures and the adult learning context.
Descriptors: Community Development, Females, Adult Learning, Coping
Building Social Capital in the Academy: The Nature and Function of Support Systems in Graduate Adult Education
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
Ntiri, Daphne W.; Schindler, Roslyn Abt; Henry, Stuart – New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, 2004
This examination of the pedagogical and curricular characteristics and imperatives of an interdisciplinary studies program for adult learners, within a wider context of theory and practice, draws on the example of a general education course to demonstrate the vitality between interdisciplinary thinking and adult learning.
Descriptors: Education Courses, Adult Students, Adult Learning, Adult Education
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
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