Bridging the Gap between Academic Gerontology and the Educational Needs of the Aging Network
Colleges and universities have failed to meet the long-recognized, growing need for nonacademic-credit gerontology education. With the explosive growth of the aging network, other organizations have readily responded to the fast-growing market. Results of two needs assessments over a 5-year period demonstrate employers' higher support for noncredit gerontology educational experiences over for-credit academic degree programs. The Professional Development in Gerontology Certificate Program at Kennesaw State University, which has grown substantially over the past 7 years, is a viable model for easy adoption by other colleges and universities who wish to meet community needs for gerontology noncredit education.
Karcher, B., & Whittlesey, V. (2007). Bridging the gap between academic gerontology and the educational needs of the aging network. Educational Gerontology, 33(3), 209-220. doi:10.1080/03601270600894055.