Reviews findings from the 3-year project, Plus 50 Initiative, which supports community colleges’ ability to substantively and continuously engage in helping learners over the age of 50.
Major Findings & Recommendations
"The Plus 50 Initiative has had tremendous impact on community colleges. Data from the initiative show that grantee colleges have increased their portfolios of learning and enrichment courses, with dramatic growth in workforce training courses. As a result of the Initiative, more students received courses and services tailored to their learning needs. Amidst expansion, which sometimes creates growing pains, and the economic downturn, which increased the demand for courses and services, colleges were able to maintain high quality programming and services and participant surveys demonstrated high satisfaction across the board. The critical internal stakeholder support built during the Initiative also supports the current and future impact of plus 50 programs. Gaining the support of stakeholders throughout the college means that staff in other departments can leverage existing resources to support ongoing efforts to meet plus 50 learners’ needs" (p.27). (Abstractor: Author)