Adult learners, many of them transferring from two-year colleges, present challenges for institutions attuned to working with more traditional students. Nearly a quarter of our USU member institutions enroll students over the age of 25 making them uniquely equipped at providing recommendations on how to better support this growing student population.
A working group, led by Portland State University and the University of Akron, emerged in the TPG project. Both PSU and Akron have noticeably larger adult student populations and commonly enroll from local community colleges. As a product of their collaboration, the group developed an Adult Learners Toolkit. This toolkit includes a slate of evaluation, management, and tracking tools that both institutions have used in their transformational efforts to better support adult students and their success.
Below are recommendations and quick links to access the recommended resources and tools employed by participating Collaborating for Change institutions. The full Toolkit may be accessed here.