Shifting Student Support to Adult Learners
Colleges are increasingly seeking to attract and retain nontraditional-age learners. However, meeting their needs means rethinking student-support services, which have long catered to students ages 18 to 22. How can colleges change their approaches to better support a growing population of students focused on career growth? How, specifically, do the needs of adult learners differ from those of traditional-age students? What are colleges doing to provide a similar level of support for learners who need a different pathway? And how should student-support offices and roles change? Morgan's Dr. Nilajah Nyasuma Sims joined a Chronicle-led forum to discuss.