Includes bibliographical references (p. -185) and index.
1. Introduction -- 2. Changing to Survive: the Modern University in its Environment -- 3. Are Universities Organized to Facilitate Access and Participation? -- 4. Adult Students: Getting in and Keeping out -- 5. Staying in and Coming to Terms -- 6. Innovation and the University: the Struggle for Adultification -- 7. The Adult University: from Adult Education to Lifelong Learning?
"In most universities there are now more adults as students than young people straight from school. Yet many universities continue to act as if no such change had taken place. The Adult University examines theoretically and practically key issues of broader participation in higher education. It asks: What are university access policies and how do they connect with practice; do universities behave in ways that encourage or thwart wider access? How do adults experience universities; and how far do universities adapt to assist adults? What can universities realistically do to improve both the access to and experience of university for adults."--BOOK JACKET. "The Adult University is essential reading for all those interested in the development of our mass higher education system. It points to ways in which individual universities and the system of higher education could and should evolve in advanced industrial societies."--BOOK JACKET.