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AUDIO | Understanding Returning Students

The following interview is with Dave Jarrat, vice president of marketing at InsideTrack. InsideTrack was recently part of a major consortium of leading higher education groups, including the American Council for Education and the University Professional and Continuing Education Association, investigating completion rates of non-traditional students, a statistic often not…

Three Steps to Improving Student Persistence through High-Touch Strategies

Keeping students on track to graduation is a key strategic performance metric for postsecondary institutions, and as many of us know, persistence is not easily achieved under the best circumstances. Further, many institutions are seeking a marginal change that will ensure graduation rates of 50 percent or more. Applying one-to-one,…

10 Ways To Help Your Online Students Feel at Home With Your Institution

The good news is that about 7 million college students will enroll in online courses this year. The bad news is that the retention rates for online students typically trail those of their on-campus colleagues.[1] There is evidence that stronger student support services — especially targeting the out-of-class experiences of…

Relationships = Retention: Embracing Non-Traditional Students on College Campuses (Part 2)

This is the conclusion of a two-part series by Devora Shamah on how institutions can better serve non-traditional students returning to higher education after stopping out of high school. In the first piece, she outlined some of the reasons why adults will return to higher education after dropping out of…

Relationships = Retention: Embracing Non-Traditional Students on College Campuses (Part 1)

Look around a typical college and you will see a great diversity of students working toward their postsecondary credentials and degrees. While some campuses still predominately serve students who have come directly from high school with the goal of completing college educations before entering the workforce and focusing on family…

AUDIO | Look in the Mirror to Improve Higher Ed for First-Generation Students

The following interview is with Freeman Hrabowski III, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Throughout his career, Hrabowski has been a leader in creating postsecondary opportunities for underserved student populations and supporting their success through higher education. For example, Hrabowski pioneered UMBC’s highly successful Meyerhoff Scholars Program,…

AUDIO | Adapting to Serve Inner-City Students

The following interview is with Marybeth Gasman, director of the Penn Center for Minority-Serving Institutions at the University of Pennsylvania. Throughout her career, Gasman has focused on higher education for underserved and minority groups. Much has been written over the past few years about the importance of creating more access…

Overcoming Four Key Challenges to Rural Student Postsecondary Success

Success can indeed be found at the top of a hill, especially if you prepare for the challenge and have a positive outlook. That’s what one young woman discovered on a trip through the rolling hills of Appalachia. As she traveled with a vanload of high school classmates on her…

How to Shape Services to Match Student Needs

Online learning can feel like a long trip through a lonely desert, even in the best-designed online classes. Support services are usually available, but adjusting to a virtual services structure can be daunting for those new to the world of digitized instruction. All institutions provide infrastructure support and wraparound services,…

Adults and the Higher Education Experience (Part 2)

The following is the conclusion of The EvoLLLution’s two-part email Q&A with Melora Sundt, executive vice dean and clinical education professor at the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education. In the first installment, Sundt discussed how the social learning experience that comes with the on-campus, face-to-face approach to…

AUDIO | Predictive Analytics Support Success Among At-Risk Student Populations (Part 2)

This is the conclusion of a two-part series by Timothy Renick discussing Georgia State University’s Graduate and Progression Success (GPS) program and its impact on at-risk, non-traditional students. In the first installment, Renick provided background on the program and the necessity of predictive analytics for student success. In this article,…

AUDIO | Turning the Focus from Enrollment to Retention

The following interview is with Joni Finney, director of the Institute for Research in Higher Education at the University of Pennsylvania. A former vice president of the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, Finney is an expert on the rapidly-changing postsecondary space. She recently shared her thoughts on…

AUDIO | Predictive Analytics Support Success among At-Risk Student Populations (Part 1)

The following interview is with Tim Renick, vice provost and chief enrollment officer at Georgia State University. Renick spearheaded the adoption of a predictive analytics system at Georgia State aimed at improving retention and completion rates among at-risk, underserved student populations. In this first part of a two-part interview, Renick…

Adults and the Higher Ed Experience (Part 1)

The following is the first of a two-part email Q&A with Melora Sundt, executive vice dean and clinical education professor at the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education. Online education is regularly seen as the ideal option for adults looking to return to higher education; it’s flexible to…

AUDIO | Supporting Low-Income Students: Strategies for Retention and Success

The following is the conclusion of a two-part interview with Ben Castleman, assistant professor of education and public policy at the University of Virginia. Castleman has done a great deal of research on the summer melt phenomenon, and recently published research exploring a few strategies higher education institutions could put…

Revolutionizing Student Advising, Tracking and Intervention

Individual student advising can be improved by the use of data mining and analytics. At Arizona State University (ASU), we developed eAdvisor, a system that requires students to take courses that diagnose likelihood of success in a major early-on so struggling students can be rapidly redirected into a major where…

Understanding and Serving the Lifelong Learner (Part 2)

This is the conclusion of a two-part series by Richard Gentle discussing the importance of understanding and serving non-traditional, lifelong learners in the postsecondary space. In the first part, Gentle discussed some of the characteristics of non-traditional students and shared his thoughts on the challenges of the MOOC (Massive Open…

AUDIO | Supporting Low-Income Students: Challenges to Retention

The following is the first installment of a two-part interview with Ben Castleman, assistant professor of education and public policy at the University of Virginia. Castleman has done extensive research on the “summer melt” phenomenon, and recently published a paper exploring a few strategies higher education institutions could put in…

Integrating Student Veterans into the Student Body: Embracing and Engaging

As a non-traditional student attending a traditional four-year university as a student veteran, my personal journey through academic life has revealed particular issues all student veterans likely face and must address. My Personal Journey Upon medical retirement in 2012, I decided to complete my bachelor’s degree. My first day on…

Understanding Student Needs Vital to Succeeding in the Graduate Student Environment

—Co-written with Marian Cohen | Professor, Framingham State University— In a previous EvoLLLution article (Three Factors Influencing Persistence and Withdrawal for Part-Time Adult Graduate Students) we shared some of the findings from a study of adult students attending part-time graduate programs at a public university.[1] As we reported, the leading…

AUDIO | What Separates Non-Traditional Graduate and Undergraduate Students?

The following interview is with Tanya Zlateva, dean of Boston University’s Metropolitan College. The Metropolitan College serves a wide variety of non-traditional students as part of its mission to expand access to higher education — from on-the-ground undergraduate students to online master’s degree students. In this interview, Zlateva shares her…

Compassion: Central to Effective Programming for Working Adults

“Student” in today’s higher education lexicon is a total misnomer, conjuring up some half-asleep kid wearing a backwards baseball cap, madly tapping away on a smartphone instead of paying attention to the lecture. Our population of adults are much more mature, arriving half asleep with warm yogurt, madly tapping away…

Alumni Relations: Creating a Lifelong Connection to the Institution

The following email Q&A is with Doreen Amorosa, associate dean and managing director of the MBA Career Center at Georgetown University. Colleges and universities across the country are searching far and wide for new revenue streams that will help make up for the steady decline in traditional enrollments. One place…

Assessing the Need for Adult Student Organizations

Most research about adult learners — and even a casual conversation with one — might lead us to believe adult students don’t have time for student organizations. They’re attending school for one of a couple of reasons: they either need a degree for a promotion, a career change and, in…

Three Factors Influencing Persistence and Withdrawal for Part-Time Adult Graduate Students

—Co-written with Scott Greenberg | Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, Framingham Sate University— The National Center for Educational Statistics predicts a 36-percent increase in master’s degree students between academic years 2010-11 and 2022-23.[1] This is more than double the 17-percent increase projected for bachelor’s degree students during the same…

AUDIO | Serving Adults is Beneficial both for Students and the Institution

The following interview is with Eric Weldy, vice-president of student affairs and enrollment management at Northern Illinois University (NIU). NIU has recently seen a change in its student demographics, and has begun to increase its focus on enrollment, retention and success of non-traditional students. In this interview, Weldy expands on…

Progress, Not Perfection, Is the Name of the Game

In a previous article, I wrote about the importance of normalizing the college experience. It is very easy for students who are new to college — particularly first-generation students — to have expectations of what it means to be a college student. Those expectations are often not realistic, particularly if…

Five Ways for Colleges and Universities to Better Serve Adults

—Co-written with Melissa Cunningham | Club Committees Officer, Seminole State College of Florida— The majority of college students are not carefree 18 to 22-year-olds studying full time, living on campus, attending frat parties and returning home for summer vacation. Many are parents seeking new professional skills, personal growth, career advancement…

AUDIO | Helping Bring Adult Students to the Mountain

The following interview is with Lorraine Prinsky, a trustee and past-president of the Coast Community College District (CCCD). One of the commuter colleges in the CCCD, Orange Coast College (OCC), recently acquired a plot of land to create campus housing. In this interview, Prinsky discusses the issue of campus housing…

Serving Those who Serve: Improving Higher Education for Military and Veteran Students

People who have served or are serving in the American military are recognized for their acknowledged dedication to our country. As such, they deserve no less when they walk through our doors to pursue a postsecondary education. As college administrators and faculty, it is our responsibility to make their journey…

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