Definition of Adult Learner/Nontraditional Student Adult learner and nontraditional students are described by the following criteria:
25 years of age or older or have a 5 year gap since their last enrollment in HS or college
Employed part-time or full-time
Serves in the role of spouse, domestic partner, parent, or care-taker
Veteran or Reservist of the Armed Force
Kennesaw State University answered the expressed needs for programming, services, and advocacy for the returning adult by establishing the Office of Adult Learner Programs in 1987. Today, Adult Learner Programs has grown into a national example for garnering both academic and social support for adult learners and nontraditional students.
Adult Learner Programs is a comprehensive academic support service committed to improving the retention and persistence of nontraditional and commuter students. Our program seeks to enhance the university experience by providing a community of support for students returning to college or starting college later in life. Programming initiatives are designed to improve academic skills and increase student engagement. Initiatives include academic tutoring, precollege and transition services, advising, mentorship, financial supplement programs, commuter lounge and adult learner centered events.
The program recently celebrated its 25th Anniversary. Over the years, Adult Learner Programs has been recognized numerous times for best practices and innovation. In 2008, the program was recognized in the publication, Serving Adult Learners: A Handbook for Effective Practice. The program’s efforts earned KSU recognition as the top rated university in the Association for Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education’s national survey for measuring nontraditional student friendliness in 2010. Most recently, at the 2013 ACPA College Student Educators International National Convention, Adult Learner Programs won the Outstanding Adult Learner Program Award from the Commission for Commuter Students and Adult Learners. Adult Learner Programs will also host the 17th Annual Association for Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education National Conference in March 2014.
Follow the Evolution of the Lifelong Learning Center over 25 Years
The Lifelong Learning Center opened January 1987The late 1980's location of the Lifelong Learning Center started out with a few tables and chairs.
The Center during the 90'sEventually, the Center grew to acquire more furniture and produce more services.
Students studying for class, 1996Students used the facility throughout the nineties to study for class.
The move to the third and current locationDuring the early 2000's the LLC moved to the currently location.
The move to the third and current locationThis room provided the much needed space to serve the population.
Typical busy day at the LLC, Summer 2009From 2006-2009, the Center saw a record amount of users.
Installation of 5 tutor stations, 2011-2012 Academic YearALP Tutoring Program exploded with over 2,700 appointments for the year.
Fall 2011 had record number of student visits to the LLCThe LLC has become a popular service for nontraditional students.
The Center reached over 24,000 visits during the 2011-2012 Academic YearThe LLC has become a multifaceted resource center.