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dc.contributor.advisorReardon, Robert F.
dc.contributor.authorHom, Anna Louise
dc.date.accessioned2012-07-19T18:43:38Z
dc.date.available2012-07-19T18:43:38Z
dc.date.issued2009-12
dc.date.submittedDecember 2009
dc.identifier.urihttps://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/4260
dc.description.abstractThere have been several reasons for older people attending colleges and universities including increased life expectancy, growth in the older student population, multiple careers, economics, and the changing dynamics within institutions. The research was conducted in a southwestern state university with over 29,000 students that offer almost 200 programs for bachelors, master’s, and doctoral degrees. All undergraduates 50 and older were contacted and the response rate was 54.2%. This thesis combines a quantitative study with thematic Open-Ended Questions to identify why undergraduates who were 50 and much older attend college. Several variables were analyzed including: student engagement, academic goal orientation, and educational reasons for attending college. Additionally, the participants' race/ethnicity, gender, status, campus access, family academic history, and household income were analyzed. Reliability tests and t-tests were performed against the results gleaned from the test instruments. Responses from Open-Ended Questions provided themes which correlated to the quantitative responses. Finally, the findings identified positive and negative experiences for undergraduates 50 and older, along with their challenges, concerns, and recommendations regarding the university, personnel, courses, and mobility dilemmas. After analyzing all the data, the following recommendations were proposed: (1) improvement with the advisor and counseling process, (2) course offering adjustments and enhancements, (3) improvement in parking relating to mobility concerns, and (4) extension of office hours during the school week.en_US
dc.formatText
dc.format.extent90 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.subjectNontraditional
dc.subject50
dc.subjectCollege
dc.subjectUniversity
dc.subjectUndergraduateen_US
dc.titleThe University Experience of Students 50 Years Old and Olderen_US
txstate.documenttypeThesis
dc.contributor.committeeMemberLarrotta, Clarena
dc.contributor.committeeMemberRoss-Gordon, Jovita M.
thesis.degree.departmentCounseling, Leadership, Adult Education and School Psychologyen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineAdult Education
thesis.degree.grantorTexas State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Educationen_US
txstate.departmentCounseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology


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