Strategies and challenges in managing lifelong education_ Cases of adult learning focused universities in the United States (in Korean) Academic Article uri icon


  • The purpose of this study is to examine cases of adult learning focused universities and further their major strategies and challenges in managing lifelong education. This study includes a comprehensive literature analysis of the Empire State College of State University of New York and the School for New Learningof DePaul University as the best cases of adult learning focused universities. Using the nine principles of adult learning focused institutions, suggested by the Council for Adult and Experiential Leaning, it was revealed that the universities fundamental success strategy is thoroughly based on their adult student-centered philosophy. Specifically, they had three critical success strategies in common: 1) a unique, holistic teaching-learning process, 2) a flexible curriculum, and 3) diverse types of partnerships. On the other hand, the universities had a common challenge of limited internal financial supports for adult students. In addition, they had several different challenges respectively such as a negative effect of faculty-student mentioning, a low graduate rate, a delay of prior learning assessment and its limited allowance, and a decline of student enrollment. Based on the findings, implications for successfully managing and developing the university lifelong education were discussed.

published proceedings

  • The Journal of Educational Research

author list (cited authors)

  • Kim, J.

complete list of authors

  • Kim, J

publication date

  • January 1, 2015 11:11 AM