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The Art and Science of Supporting Adult Learners

Actionable Steps & Strategies
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Delivered April 27, 2021
Presented by Scott Campbell (Co-Moderator), Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) | Terry Brown (Co-Moderator), American Association of State Colleges & Universities | Barry Nickerson, Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) | Darrin Theriault, Kennesaw State University | Erika de la Riva, City Colleges of Chicago

Institutions referenced in this resource:
Kennesaw State University

This was a free webinar hosted by CAEL, AASCU, and SCUP. Please scroll down to the bottom of the page to view the recording.

Students over the age of 25 are the fastest-growing segment in higher education. From 2000 to 2012, the enrollment of students over the age of 25 increased by 35%, and between 2012 and 2019, the share of students over age 25 increased by another 23%.

Even though more adult learners and nontraditional students are enrolling in higher education, many institutional practices do not consider the unique needs of this population. The best adult learner strategies not only increase student satisfaction, they improve enrollment rates and adult degree attainment.

More than ever, nontraditional students and adult learners are making up more and more of the student body at colleges and universities across the country. Institutions can create equitable pathways that can help overcome disparities in adult learning, and better prepare themselves for adult students who have been disconnected from higher education.

Learn how to effectively stand out from other institutions who are making mistakes in 10 key areas with the adult learner population.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Discover best practices and tips for engaging and supporting adult learners at your institution.
  2. Identify gaps you can address to significantly improve adult learners’ satisfaction.
  3. Discuss why schools make incorrect assumptions about what adult learners need to succeed, and how to fix those assumptions.
  4. Discover how Kennesaw State University applied adult learner insights to a comprehensive PLA database to maximize adult learner success.
  5. Compare adult learning in this time and environment – what has changed?


Scott Campbell (Co-Moderator)

Vice President, Partnership Development
Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL)

Terry Brown (Co-Moderator)

Vice President for Academic Innovation and Transformation
American Association of State Colleges & Universities

Barry Nickerson

Director of Consulting Projects
Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL)

Darrin Theriault

Director of Academic Testing and University Prior Learning Assessment Coordinator
Kennesaw State University

Erika de la Riva

Assistant Director – Research & Planning
City Colleges of Chicago

Recorded April 27, 2021.

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About CAEL: Recognizing that adult learners are the backbone of the U.S. economy, CAEL helps forge a clear, viable connection between education and career success, providing solutions that promote sustainable and equitable economic growth. CAEL opens doors to opportunity in collaboration with workforce and economic developers; postsecondary educators; employers and industry groups; foundations and other mission-aligned organizations.

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