An Innovative Model for Adult
Student Orientation

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Adult students have different experiences, expectations, and educational goals than traditional-age students, and they approach their transition to college with different questions and challenges. As nontraditional and working students occupy an ever larger percentage of the student demographic, adult student retention is rapidly becoming a priority at many postsecondary institutions.

To gather a few tips for setting adult students up for success from the outset, we reached out to Janet Daniel, director of the office of adult students and evening services at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Daniel has recently piloted a new model for adult student orientation, and we wanted to learn more about the model, the guiding principles underlying it, and initial steps for other institutions that may want to attempt a similar approach.

Read this earlier report for a review of key elements that, when present at your institution, make a significant difference in adult student success and retention.

One of the four factors is an intentional approach to adult student orientation.

The Model at UNC Charlotte

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