Colleges are so caught up with trying to anticipate the needs of their incoming Millennials and technology-savvy freshmen that sometimes the greatest population of students—the majority in many colleges—is overlooked. This group of students, between the ages of 26 and 30, are “adult” learners who are baffled by college jargon. They are unemployed adults who are serious about their education. They are parents trying to determine how they fit into classes filled with recent high school graduates. They are veterans, baby boomers that cannot afford to retire, unemployed degree holders looking for retraining, refugees, international students, and immigrants.
The question is, how often do we step back and take a real look at our current non-traditional students to see if our image and knowledge of them is still relevant? We may agree that they have families, full-time jobs, have not been to college for years, and may have childcare issues, but have we spent quality time gathering and reviewing data to determine who these students are right now and if we are effectively supporting their success?
This webinar will examine the characteristics of today’s “21st Century Learners,” including their life experiences, knowledge base, family circumstances, and professional commitments outside of the college setting. Participants will learn how to best support this group of students in and out of the classroom by reviewing their current needs.
- Reconsider conceptions of non-traditional students
- Define and describe characteristics of new non-traditional students
- Identify the current needs of new non-traditional students
- Consider the necessary partnership between student services and instruction to engage new non-traditional students
- Develop strategies to communicate this information to the campus community
- 2-year institutions & 4-year institutions
- Vice President of Academic Affairs/Instruction
- Vice President of Student Affairs
- Dean of Instruction
- Dean of Student Services/Affairs
- Faculty (full and part-time)