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					             Adult Learners at Fayetteville
                    State University
                     Presenter: T. J. Bryan
                       February 12, 2007



•   University Profile
•   Challenges
•   Responses to Challenges
•   Plans on the Horizon

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    Enrollment by Race/Ethnicity
           2001     2002     2003     2004     2005     2006
African-    72.5%    76.3%    75.2%    75.1%    73.4%    72.1%
American

White       20.9%    17.7%    18.1%    17.7%    17.8%    17.3%


American    1.2%     1.1%     1.1%     1.3%     1.0%     1.2%
Indian
Asian       1.12%    1.3%     1.1%     1.0%     1.4%     1.3%


Hispanic    3.89%    3.5%     3.9%     4.2%     4.1%     4.5%


Other       0.4%     0.1%     0.3%     0.6%     2.3%     3.6%


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   Enrollment by Gender
5000
                                       44
                               41         29
4000                              97
       35      35      36
          44      14      69
3000

2000


                               18


                                       18
               18
       17




                       17


                                  75


                                          72
                  15
          64




1000                      72

  0
       2002 2003 2004 2005 2006

                  Female           Male
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Adult-Learner Enrollment Trends
                      Total Enrollment Compared to
                              Adult Learners

 7000
 6000
 5000
 4000




                                                                 6301
                                                   6072
                                     5441
        5308




                       5329




 3000
 2000




                                                          2513




                                                                        2488
                                            2204
               1915




                              1921




 1000
    0
         2002           2003           2004         2005          2006



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Adult Learners Compared to Total
           Enrollment
   100%

    80%   64%     64%
                          60%
    60%                          59%    61%
                             40%    41%   39%
            36%     36%
    40%

    20%

     0%
          2002    2003    2004    2005     2006

            Trad Stud     Adult Learners

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Racial Diversity of Adult Learners
           2002    2003    2004    2005    2006
African-    1161    1209    1346    1550    1533
American

White       598     546     662     715     678

American     33      `37     46      44      48
Indian
Asian        31      26      28      48      46

Hispanic     88      99     106     110     124

Other        4       4       16      46      59




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  Adult Learners’ Degree Intent
3000
2500
                                            669          480
2000                                                     44
                                 751        45           278
        528          514                    267
1500    46           42          48
        159          186         177

1000                                                    1686
                                           1532
       1182      1179           1228
 500
   0
       Fall     Fall            Fall      Fall          Fall
       2002     2003            2004      2005          2006
          Bachelor     Master   Doctor   Unclassified          7
Adult Learners by Gender
100%

80% 72%       73%    75%          78%
                           77%

60%

40%     28%    27%    25%    23%   22%
20%

 0%
       2002 2003 2004      2005 2006

                female     male

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New Adult-Learner Transfer Status
    100% 88%     89%    89%
                               84%    85%
    80%

    60%

    40%
                                    16%   15%
           12%    11%       11%
    20%

     0%
          2002 2003 2004       2005 2006

                       no     yes

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2006 Adult-Learner Attendance


                  1183, 48%




                              full-time
                              part-time
1305, 52%




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2006 Adult-Learner On-Line
       Enrollment

               681, 27%




                          yes
                          no


 1807, 73%




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2006 Adult-Learner Financial Aid
           Recipients


                   1304, 52%

  1184, 48%
                               yes
                               no




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Adult Learners’ Top Undergraduate Majors
 700
 600                              105

 500       88         88
                                   64     94         47
           24         30           96     33         64
 400       77         81                  93         65
                                   89
 300       79         80                  83         96
           68                      93
 200                  70
                                          101        101

 100      182         167         181
                                          130        129
   0
        Fall        Fall         Fall    Fall      Fall
        2002        2003         2004    2005      2006
       Business Admin.      Psychology    Sociology
       Criminal Justice     Nursing       Elementary Educ.   13
Challenges Faced by Adult Learners at
     Fayetteville State University
• Demands on time
• Belief that they do not ―fit in‖
• Need for help in strengthening basic skills
• Preference for active, collaborative,
  experiential learning environments rather
  than lectures
• Concerns about younger students’ work
  ethic and classroom behavior
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   University’s Responses to Challenges
• Learning contexts
  – Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) provides programs to
    faculty on how to implement active learning and
    collaborative learning.
  – Learning communities, service learning, internships, and
    other experiential-learning opportunities are available to all
    students.
  – TLC offers sessions to faculty on classroom management.
  – Eight-classes offered during the fall and spring semesters.
  – Online courses and interactive-video classes are offered.
    Adult-learner demand and workforce needs dictate which
    major programs we offer fully online.
  – Classes offered at satellite sites. Currently, FSU offers
    classes at two military bases—Fort Bragg Army Base and
    Seymour Johnson Air Force Base—as well as at area
    community colleges and at a local health system facility.
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    University’s Responses to Challenges
• Academic support
   – FSU purchased Smarthinking—online tutoring that is available
     throughout the evening and weekends.
• Community building
   – The Division of Student Affairs established the AUTOS Commuter
     Student Association in fall 1998.
   – The Office of Student Activities and the Student Activities Council
     traditionally conduct most programs and activities during times that are
     convenient for commuter students and adult learners (i.e., after 7:00
     p.m. on weekdays or on weekends).
• Policy
   – The University of North Carolina is an adult-learner friendly system.
     The Board of Governors of the UNC has adopted a policy on minimum
     high school course requirements (MCRs) for admission to constituent
     institutions. The policy permits waiver of some of the MCRS for
     applicants who are 24 years or older.
   – Also, the UNC has long had in place a transfer-articulation policy that
     facilitates movement from community colleges to UNC institutions
     without loss of credits.                                             16
   University’s Responses to Challenges
• Services
  – Twice a week, Fayetteville State student-services offices
    (such as Admissions, University Bookstore, Cashier’s Office,
    the Center for Personal Development, Financial Aid,
    Registrar, and Residence Life) are open until 7 p.m.
    primarily for the purpose of meeting the needs of adult
    learners and commuter students.
  – The safety needs of adult learners and commuter students
    enrolled in evening classes have also been addressed. A
    free university shuttle service is currently available from 5:00
    p.m. to midnight. Additionally, a personal escort service is
    available seven days a week during the evenings.
  – Extended access to computer laboratories (18 x 7),
    commuter meal plans, and computer student-information
    kiosks across the campus are provided to serve students—
    many of whom are adult learners.                            17
         Plans on the Horizon
• Office of Commuter and Adult-Learner
  Services
• Establishment of chapter of Alpha Sigma
  Lambda
• Student Affairs adult-learner brochure
• Commuter and adult-learner lounges



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