What Faculty Say About Adult Learners

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The Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment (OPIA) at University Park, in its Quality Endeavors Newsletter #154, shared a synopsis of a recent panel presentation entitled, “Here Comes Generation A: What Faculty Say About Adult Learners.”

On Thursday, October 25, 2012 four panelists shared information from the Commission for Adult Learners (CAL) 2011 faculty survey and discussed ways to recruit and retain adult learners.

Some key points included:

–506 surveys were completed (66.8% Commonwealth Campuses, 33.2%)

–94% have taught adults in undergraduate credit of non-credit courses

–89.4% feel that adult students are highly motivated

–87.5% feel that adult students bring life experiences that make some courses more interesting

–26% believe that adult students require more advising time

To access the full article and presentation slides, visit http://www.psu.edu/president/pia/advocates/2012/10/index.html

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