With a growing number of adults entering or returning to higher education, colleges and universities need to consider their unique needs and strengths within the classroom as well as in the larger campus community. This article describes how one university has approached supporting adult learners from the admissions process to the classroom to student support services. We discuss some of the challenges we have faced, how we have used the existing literature to inform our approaches and the creative solutions we have developed in the absence of research to guide our practices. Adult learners bring their wealth of lived professional and personal experiences to the campus and therefore we view our efforts to increase access and persistence for this population as a means of enriching the university experience for all students.
Calvano, L., Bohrman, C., Ferrick, M., & Jones, K. (2021). Creating a Supportive Learning Community for Adult Students from Admissions to Graduation. Journal of Access, Retention, and Inclusion in Higher Education, 2(1). Retrieved from https://digitalcommons.wcupa.edu/jarihe/vol2/iss1/4