OXFORD, Ohio — The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $1.4 million research grant to a university’s gerontology center in southwestern Ohio.
Miami University in Oxford says the money awarded to its Scripps Gerontology Center will be used for research on older learners and their ability to complete college programs.
The center’s senior research scholar says the focus will be on community college students, ages 40 through 64. Scholar Phyllis Cummins says that group is an important segment of Ohio’s labor force.
About 15 percent of students at Ohio’s 23 community colleges are older learners.
Cummins says the overall goal of the research is to identify factors that are easily influenced to improve the educational and labor market outcomes for those students.