For Release: February 15, 1999
Marylhurst University is one of six institutions in the U.S. and Canada — and the only institution in the Western United States — to be selected by the American Productivity and Quality Center (APQC) and the Council on Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) for a study of "best practices" in adult learning. These "best practices" will help CAEL define characteristics of colleges and universities which are "adult learner friendly."
Marylhurst University was one of six institutions chosen as demonstrating "best practice," based upon surveys submitted to the APQC and CAEL for a study of best practices in adult learning. For the purposes of the study, adult learners were defined as students who have assumed major life responsibilities and commitments such as work, family and community activities. The colleges and universities were picked by a team of subject-matter experts who reviewed data, in a blind format, submitted by a total of 34 institutions. Six finalists emerged from that process, and will be the basis for a "best practices" manual on higher education for adults, to be published nationwide in Spring 1999.
The other five schools included in the study were SUNY Empire State College, College of New Rochelle, DePaul School for New Learning, Sinclair Community College, and Canada's Athabasca University.
"It is especially rewarding to have our educational programs evaluated and recognized by national experts," says Marylee King, director of student learning services at Marylhurst University. For over twenty years, Marylhurst has enjoyed an excellent reputation for its Credit for Prior Learning Program.
Marylhurst hosted a number of representatives from other institutions of higher learning at the end of January, who visited the University to engage in dialogue facilitated by an APQC representative. Many of the "best practices" identified in the CAEL/APQC study and site visit found Marylhurst University's sharp focus on the important principles of quality, flexibility, cost, and access, notes King. "Working students with busy schedules find our flexible format of daytime, twilight, evening, weekend and online classes appealing. Students also appreciate being able to mix their class format to suit their schedules."
"The learning model normally identified with the adult student is a model that benefits all mature students regardless of age," adds Denis Lawrence, Marylhurst's vice president for academic affairs. "The significance of Marylhurst University's learning environment is that it provides opportunities for the mature learner of any age," notes Lawrence.
Other adult learner friendly aspects of Marylhurst which also appeal to the younger students at Marylhurst include the practitioner faculty, quality academic advising, small highly interactive classes and individualized degree programs.
Marylhurst University grants both undergraduate and graduate degrees. It is located on Highway 43, one mile south of downtown Lake Oswego.