How can liberal arts institutions develop successful programs for adult learners within the contours of their distinctive missions?
Liberal arts institutions, generally associated with traditional students, have been hit particularly hard due to declining enrollment among recent high school graduates. This has only been exacerbated by the pandemic.
While an increasing number of small schools look to offset lost revenue with continuing education, meaningful engagement with adult learners can present numerous challenges. Typically associated with faster, cheaper paths to a degree through vocationally oriented programs, continuing education can be regarded as incompatible with the spirt of the liberal arts.
In this roundtable, panelists address the above question and share other insights into their institutions’ approaches to adult learning and continuing education.
- Carole Chabries — Associate Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Carroll University
- Rob Sanders — Dean of the Hamilton Holt School, Rollins College
- Jamelle S. Wilson — Dean of the School of Professional and Continuing Studies, University of Richmond