This book is designed to help raise awareness about the diversity of issues adult learners face in their enrollment and participation in higher education. It will equip faculty, administrators, and others with the analytical and practical skills to make sound decisions relative to adult learners, and provide techniques and frameworks for assessing, implementing, and evaluating practices within the institution at the classroom, department, school, and campus levels to nurture and support responsiveness to adult learners.
Frederic Jacobs is professor of education at American University in Washington, D.C. His research and teaching interests include the role, function, and impact of higher education; theory and practice in adult learning; public policy and education; and quantitative research. Stephen P. Hundley is associate dean for academic affairs and undergraduate programs and associate professor of organizational leadership in the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. His research and teaching interests include organizational effectiveness, human resource management, and higher education administration.
The Authors ix Preface xi 1 Understanding the Context for Adult Learners in Higher Education 1 2 Profiles of Student Issues Related to Adult Learners 31 3 Profiles of Faculty Issues Related to Adult Learners 63 4 Profiles of Institutional Issues Related to Adult Learners 106 5 Profiles of Policy Issues Related to Adult Learners 146 6 Analyzing and Improving College and University Environments for Adult Learners 188 References 205 Index 211