EVENING-EXTENSION PROGRAMS IN BUSINESS
John P. Dyer
Rapid growth in numbers and in programs within the past
twenty years reveals the fact that the adult education divisions
of major colleges and universities constitute an important phase
of contemporary American higher education. In these programs
business education is receiving heavy emphasis. These adult
education institutions (evening colleges and/or extension divi-
sions) are still in a formative stage, but are rapidly maturing.
This chapter relates some of the progress and touches upon ma-
jor problems with respect to the curricula, the faculties, the
students, credit and noncredit programs, and graduate study.
A number of liberal arts colleges and teachers colleges unaffiliated formally with national evening college and extension organizations offer a limited amount of business education in their evening or extension programs. The great bulk of work in adult education at the college level in the field of business, however, is offered by the 110 members of the Association of University Evening Colleges and by the 65 (after deducting memberships overlapping with AUEC) members of the National University Extension Association. For the year 1957, these institutions appear to have had a combined enrollment in credit courses of approximately 643,752 part-time students in all subjects. Of this number, some 35 per cent took credit courses related to business. This would mean, then, that approximately 225,000 adults took at least one credit course (including correspondence courses) in an evening college or university extension division in some phase of business education during 1957. Approximately half of these were enrolled in the evening colleges, another 35 per cent in land-grant and/or state university extension divisions, and the balance in assorted liberal arts and teachers colleges. These