Developing and Delivering Adult Degree Programs

ISBN-10: 0787977675

ISBN-13: 9780787977672

Edition: 2004

Authors: ACE Staff, James P. Pappas, Jerry Jerman

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This issue explores the growing field of adult degree programs and considers the theoretical underpinnings of such programs and hands-on issues as curriculum, faculty, marketing, technology, financing, and accreditation, all with a goal of informing and equipping both scholars and practitioners. More and more adults who have been out of school for many years have turned to colleges and universities to complete undergraduate and graduate degrees that will make them competitive in the workforce, fulfill a professional requirement, or enrich them intellectually. Higher education institutions and many private organizations have responded to this demand by creating innovative degree programs aimed specifically at mature learners, students who want to self-design their educational programs and do not hesitate to change institutions if they believe their needs are not being met. This explosive growth in adult degree programs is largely the result of distance education technologies and the Internet. Other significant factors include the potential such programs have for providing additional revenue streams for institutions, the fierce competition from the private sector and other higher education institutions, and the rising interest in interdisciplinary programs. This is the 103rd volume of the Jossey-Bass quarterly report series New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education.
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List price: $29.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/17/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 112
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.330
Language: English

Adult Degrees and the Learning Society
This opening chapter lays the groundwork for this volume by outlining the history and development of the “adult degree revolution
Adult Learning Theory and the Pursuit of Adult Degrees
A four-lens model provides a useful means for understanding adult learning. This model is complemented by vignettes of adult students who are pursuing degrees, demonstrating the intersection of theory and practice
Faculty Issues Related to Adult Degree Programs
Faculty preparation for teaching in adult degree programs varies from institution to institution and reflects many trends in higher education, including the use of part-time and non-tenure-track faculty
Enhancing Adult Learning Through Interdisciplinary Studies
In this chapter, an interdisciplinary course offers a discerning case study of how the interdisciplinary curriculum is well suited to degree programs for adult learners
Marketing and Retention Strategies for Adult Degree Programs
Effective marketing of adult degree programs requires integrating planning, market research, program and services development, and retention strategies into a matrix where the focus remains on the adult student
Adult Degree Programs: How Money Talks, and What It Tells
Multiple factors, including reduced funding, increased competition, and emergence of online programs, have transformed the financial picture for higher education institutions and adult degree programs
Technology and the Adult Degree Program: The Human Element
Faculty and administrators must keep in mind that the success of online degree programs for adults is at least partly a reflection of the merger of technology and the human element
Accreditation Issues Related to Adult Degree Programs
This chapter outlines the accreditation process in relation to adult degree programs and the key players in that process
Future Considerations
Administrators looking at developing adult degree programs must consider a number of factors related to trends and possible future developments
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