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#591 - 07/20/2005 07:42 AM Texas Interview Subjects Needed
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Registered: 07/20/2005
Loc: Texas
For an article upcoming in Senior News I need some TEXAS based interview subjects. They have to be over fifty and currently enrolled in college or have just graduated. I need to ask these subjects about their experiences--why they went back, any difficulties being an older student returning to school, etc.

I also need a guidance counselor or someone at that level for the same sorts of questions.

In both cases, an E-mail interview is fine. Questions will be brief.

If this sounds like you or someone you know, please contact me off the board at Kevin_tipple@att.net

Thank you.
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#592 - 07/20/2005 14:17 PM Re: Texas Interview Subjects Needed
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Registered: 12/10/2008
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Kevin,
I suggest you contact a few public and private colleges and universities within the state of Texas (community colleges and four year colleges) who could connect you with guidance counselors and any re-entry student organizations at those institutions. You might also visit the school Web sites as they often provide information for returning adults and may include contact information for the organizations.
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#593 - 07/20/2005 14:48 PM Re: Texas Interview Subjects Needed
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Registered: 07/20/2005
Loc: Texas
Thank you for the suggestions. I tried them last week and unfortunately, many folks seem to be out of town and those left behind can't help. My editor suggested I post the message here in the hopes of reaching students so that is what I did.

Any other suggestions would be great and thank you for replying to my initial post.

Kevin
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#594 - 07/20/2005 14:54 PM Re: Texas Interview Subjects Needed
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Kevin, how about focusing on schools who offer degree programs for adults? For example:

Concordia University at Austin
School of Non-Traditional Studies

Dallas Baptist University
College of Adult Education

LeTourneau University
Division of Graduate, Adult and Continuing Studies

St. Edwards University
New College PACE

Southern Methodist University
Evening Studies

Texas Wesleyan University
C. E. Hyde Weekend University

University of the Incarnate Word
School of Extended Studies/ADCAP

University of St. Thomas
Adult Degree Completion Program

The University of Texas at Austin
University Extension

You also might check out ANTSHE (the Association for Nontraditional Students in Higher Education):
http://www.antshe.org

In regards to reasons adults return to school, there are a variety of reasons. Some are going back to complete a degree they began several years ago. Others are divorced, widowed, or are just returning to the workforce and are seeking retraining or personal or professional growth. Many older adults in mid-career at 50, find themselves suddenly unemployed due to corporate downsizing, and return to school to train for new careers.
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#595 - 07/20/2005 15:03 PM Re: Texas Interview Subjects Needed
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Registered: 07/20/2005
Loc: Texas
Working from the same list via my editor. LOL

Kevin
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#596 - 07/20/2005 15:26 PM Re: Texas Interview Subjects Needed
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Registered: 12/10/2008
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well I guess you will have to be a little more creative then! :)
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#597 - 07/20/2005 15:39 PM Re: Texas Interview Subjects Needed
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Registered: 07/20/2005
Loc: Texas
By all means, please. When I agreed to the assingment, I had no idea it was going to be this difficult. Thanks for the help!
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#598 - 07/20/2005 18:10 PM Re: Texas Interview Subjects Needed
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I don't know if they are in the office, but you might try the Nontraditional Students Organization at Texas State:
http://www.studentorgs.txstate.edu/ntso/
The site has a working phone number. If they don't have information, they might be able to refer you to someone who does.

The AARP ran an article awhile back that might give some insights:
Back to School at age 50+
http://www.aarpmagazine.org/lifestyle/Articles/a2003-10-14-backtoschool1.html

Of course, to make the process easier you might ask your editor to broaden the focus of the article.
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#599 - 07/26/2005 14:40 PM Re: Texas Interview Subjects Needed
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Registered: 07/20/2005
Loc: Texas
My previous reply done sometime around one in the morning seems to have vanished--no doubt due to operator error on my part.

Thank you for both links as they were most helpful.

Kevin
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#600 - 07/26/2005 15:38 PM Re: Texas Interview Subjects Needed
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Registered: 12/10/2008
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Glad to help, Kevin! Will your article be available online?
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