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General Education Achievement of Adult and Traditional Age Students

Presented at 2005 AIR Forum

Adult students face many unique difficulties while pursuing the college education. The primary research question addressed in this paper is the following: Do traditional age students and students over traditional age differ in general education test performance? Data from a standardized test indicate that there were no significant differences between the two groups for the subjects of English, science, social studies. There was difference in math scores. The results of this study add further evidence that adult students have lower math achievement levels than do their younger counterparts. Implications for institutions are discussed.

Reviewed 2011-03-28.