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  1. Serving Adult Students at a DistanceNew Ideas, New Approaches Brazil’s 16th International Distance Learning Congress 31 August to 3 September 2010 Iguazu Falls, Parana, Brazil Serving the Adult Transfer Student

  2. Overview • Why focus on adult learners? • What are their needs? • An example case • What is Excelsior College • How does it help adults? • Aggregation • Assessment • Advising • Instruction • Support • Results

  3. Overview - continued • How does it help adults? • Aggregation • Assessment • Advising • Instruction • Support • Results

  4. The Adult Learner • Defined • Profile • Needs • Resources (lack of) • Reason for caring • National priority • Economic Impact

  5. Example • Military student • Much training • Correspondence study • College courses • One-at-a-time • Degree enrollment • Multiple transcripts

  6. Example - continued • Issues • Work • Family • Relocation

  7. Excelsior (history) • Inspired by OU • Created in 1971 by Regents, State of New York • Accredited • Open Enrollment • Philosophy

  8. Philosophy What you know is more important than how or where you learned it?

  9. Excelsior (history) • No instruction • External degrees • Aggregation – assessment • Change of status • Change of name • Entry to instruction

  10. Excelsior (today) • Four schools • 30,000+ students • 140,000+/- graduates • American’s largest nursing program • Student profile • Age • Sectors • Locations

  11. The Excelsior Process • Aggregation • Assessment • Advising • Instruction • Support services

  12. Aggregation • “Five Transcript” challenge • Instruction sources • Training (military/corporate) • Exams • Portfolio

  13. Assessment • Institutional credits • Individual learning • Credit fit to degree • Capstone • Learning outcomes

  14. Advising • Course “fit” • Concern for cost • Guidance/encouragement

  15. Instruction • Independent study – 1970’s • Online = 2003 • Face-to-face = 2009 • 300 courses • Three levels

  16. Support • Library • Tutorials • Coaching • “Practice” exams

  17. Results • Retention • Persistence • Completion • Learning outcomes • Nationally normed instruments • Surveys

  18. Questions