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Increasing Adult Learner Persistence and Completion Rates

McGann Culp & Dungy / NASPA / September 2014


More than a third of all undergraduate students are 25 or older, and their presence on college and university campuses is growing. However, institutions of higher learning are struggling to meet the needs of, and improve persistence and completion rates for, this significant student population.

Increasing Adult Learner Persistence and Completion Rates: A Guide for Student Affairs Leaders and Practitioners is an interactive tutorial designed to strengthen the ability of student affairs professionals to develop, implement, and assess the effectiveness of processes, programs, and services for undergraduate students between the ages of 25 and 64. The tutorial includes 10 modules that explore options for supporting adult undergraduates at both 2-year and 4-year institutions of all types.

Written as a companion publication to Building a Culture of Evidence in Student Affairs: A Guide for Leaders and Practitioners (NASPA, 2012), this tutorial offers practical strategies and advice from higher education leaders who have successfully implemented programs and services for undergraduate adult learners. Throughout the tutorial, readers will find:

With national attention focused on increasing postsecondary degree attainment, colleges and universities must improve their support for undergraduate adult learners. The guidance offered in Increasing Adult Learner Persistence and Completion Rates will help student affairs leaders of all levels and at all higher education institutions create data-driven, outcomes-oriented support services for adult learners.


Paperback  | 2014 | 240 pages
978-0-931654-97-8

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