It’s a whole different process when looking at the adult learner and what they bring verses the traditional high school student entering college."
CULTIVATE EXCELLENCE recently interviewed 30-year higher education expert, Eddie Pawlawski, Director of Engagement and Outreach with the College Board, to break-down a few myths and give advice for college bound high schoolers and adult learners returning to the classroom.
College Bound Senior vs. Adult Learner— Understanding It Isn’t The Same
It’s a whole different process when looking at the adult learner and what they bring verses the traditional high school student entering college. Eddie continues “Many times, the assumption for high school students is that they come into the college setting not necessarily knowing what they want to do, what they love to do or what their niche is.”
Adult Learner: Same Goal, Different Package
Adult learners have a very different set of expectations. They are looking for very specific training that might be related to their years in the workforce or in industry. Eddie describes, “The questions they are asking are somewhat different in that they may be heavily weighted toward a particular profession, and they typically bring an array of credentials that include previous training and previous college credit. The package they present may be vastly different than the traditional admissions package of grades, test scores, and recommendations.
‘What can you [X College] do for me? How quickly? And can I afford it?’ They may even be an advanced learner who has worked over 20 years. And that’s not the only thing they are seeking.“ Adult learners crave the opportunity to complete things quickly and have contact, collaboration and conversation with faculty to receive assistance as quickly as they can.”
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