Pathbreakers Webinar Series: “Post-Traditional Students/Adult Learners”


May 29, 12:30 – 1:00 pm
Missed the live event? Check out the webinar recording above.

Today more than 20% of college students are over the age of 24!  Marie Cini, the President of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), will talk about companies, universities and organizations that are helping to innovate to support the non-traditional, “adult” college student. These learners have different, professional, learning, development and services needs that universities are only just learning how to develop. Marie will discuss how leader institutions are developing high impact programs to serve these students, and what it takes to support this group who represent a growing percentage of our undergraduate programs.

Below are just a few of the questions we plan to discuss:

  • Is “working adult” a poor way of describing people who return to school that are not the traditional high school student? How do we best describe the “adult learner”?
  • What are the three best ways to serve an adult learner that we are not doing today?
  • Which institution is the most innovative in its approach to the adult learner? What makes them innovative and why?
  • What seemingly promising innovations do you see emerging to help adult learners that might not quite be there yet?
  • Is there more of an opportunity now for students to “re-define” themselves as opposed to that opportunity a few years ago? Do you think we are beginning to expect everyone to be lifelong learners?
  • What are some example of just-in-time learning?
  • Vision of the future: In 20 years what will teaching adult learners look like?

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