Date of Award
Doctor of Education
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
Dr. David Cowden
Dr. Shirley VanHoeven
Dr. Steven Rhodes
Dr. Charles Warfield
This dissertation examines the needs of the adult learner and how or if these needs are being met in the Campus Ill/Weekend College program at Western Michigan University. Specifically, factors that explain the rise of adult learners on college campuses and demographic information on this rising student population are presented. In addition, the reasons for returning to school and differences between traditional and nontraditional students are examined. Institutional, situational, and dispositional barriers confronting adult students are discussed; a model is put forth along with strategies to overcome barriers offered.
Current services for adult learners attending Weekend College at Western Michigan University are described in relationships to adult student needs. Results of a survey to adult students attending Weekend College during the Spring and Summer Sessions at Western Michigan University are summarized in terms of services offered and their link to institutional, situational, and dispositional barriers of the adult learners.
Dolly, Patricia A., "Special Service Needs of Adult Students Attending Weekend College at Western Michigan University" (1995). Dissertations. 1733.