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Here are the contents of the latest issue of New Directions for Adult & Continuing Education Autumn 2004; Issue 103:

Developing and Delivering Adult Degree Programs (subscription required; also, you can purchase individual issues)

In this volume, we explore the origin and develoment of pioneering adult degree programs, examine current adult degree programs and practices, and review key issues related to the development and delivery of adult degree programs.

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Adult degrees and the learning society (p 5-16)

William H. Maehl.

This overview of the adult degree movement since World War II focuses on factors of creation before 1970, the adult degree revolution of the 1970s, the post-baby boomer enrollments in the 1980s, and globalization and technology-based distance learning in the 1990s.

Adult learning theory and the pursuit of adult degrees (p 17-30)

Richard Kiely, Lorilee R. Sandmann, Janet Truluck.

This chapter describes a four-lens model for understanding adult learning theories and provides adult educators and administrators with a useful conceptual framework for working with adult learners in adult degree programs.

Faculty issues related to adult degree programs (p 31-40)

Lauren E. Clarke, Trent E. Gabert.

This chapter examines the forces within the environment of colleges and universities that determine the preparation of and incentives for instructors to embrace and flourish in the role of adult educators, as well as the obstacles that can impede this process.

Enhancing adult learning through interdisciplinary studies (p 41-50)

Daphne W. Ntiri, Roslyn Abt Schindler, Stuart Henry.

This examination of the pedagogical ! and curricular characteristics and imperatives of an interdisciplinary studies program for adult learners, within a wider context of theory and practice, draws on the example of a general education course to demonstrate the vitality between interdisciplinary thinking and adult learning.

Marketing and retention strategies for adult degree programs (p 51-60)

Joann A. Brown.

Four marketing strategies are critical to the success of adult degree programs: integrating marketing, knowing your students (research), shaping programs and services for adults, and staying the course (retention).

Adult degree programs: How money talks, and what it tells (p 61-71)

Gary W. Matkin.

Multiple factors are changing the underlying financial structure of higher education in America to a form much like the structure now used for adult degree programs. This change is likely to have profound effects on institutio! nal behavior and public policy.

Technology and the adult degree program: The human element (p 73-79)

Frank G. Rodriquez, Susan Smith Nash.

While technology has for many years been a critical component in programs for adults and calls to mind sophisticated gadgetry with expensive price tags, it is often the nexus where technology and humans intersect that proves most critical to the success and quality of adult degree programs.

Accreditation issues related to adult degree programs (p 81-89)

Edward G. Simpson Jr.

Understanding the fundamental tenets and structure of the accreditation process can assist institutions in the design of high-quality degree programs while affording adult students a reasonable level of consumer protection.

Future considerations (p 91-96)

James P. Pappas, Jerry Jerman.

This concluding chapter offers a numb! er of key considerations for institutions interested in developing and delivering adult degree programs.

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