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The past decade has seen a dramatic change in the demographic profile of college students, in part the result of an influx of students, particularly older women, entering higher education for the first time or re-entering after an interruption in their education. According to the Carnegie Council (1980), within the three-year period of 1975 to 1978 alone, the number of women between the ages of 24 and 34 enrolled in institutions of higher education increased by 187%, with women now accounting for more than two-thirds of all adult students (U.S. Department of Labor, 1979). With this increasing enrollment of older women, Saslaw (1981) indicated that colleges and universities that are resistant to or slow to change will find that nontraditional women students require special attention due to their differences in needs from traditional women students. This significant growth of older student enrollment is indicative of the evolving concern for lifelong learning, the usage of education to aid individuals faced with technological obsolescense and mid-life career change, the diminishing youth population, and the recruitment by some collegiate institutions of 1 this untapped clientele for undergraduate programs and services.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Administration and Counseling

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J.F. Kimball


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