Psychosocial issues and sources of support affecting retention for adult learners: Generational variations

Reported initial findings of large-scale correlational study of adult college students, psychosocial issues, generational membership, and retention.


Amid predictions of increasing numbers of jobs requiring employees with degrees, the retention of adult students returning to degree programs has become a critical concern. This study investigates generational differences in psychosocial factors that may influence adult students to discontinue taking classes, and the sources of support they find most helpful and important. A newlycreated survey instrument was found to have acceptable validity and reliability and used to collect data from thousands of adult college students in April-May 2011.

This publication has been peer reviewed.
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Conference Proceedings
Debbie Ritter-Williams
Ruby Rouse
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AERC Conference Proceedings
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