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Join us virtually on Monday, May 18 for the Adult Learner Institute!

Adults have different needs and expectations than ‘traditional’ students who are enrolling right after high school. What are those needs? How do we as faculty and staff meet those needs? Learn from experts and each other regarding ways to best serve our adult learners. Explore proven methods to increase access, facilitate success, and remove barriers so your students can achieve their goals! We invite faculty and staff from higher education institutions throughout Minnesota and beyond to join us.

Sessions will be available in these tracks:

  • Developing Adult-Based Programs
  • Collaborating with Workforce Service Providers
  • Advising Adult Learners
  • Promoting Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)
  • Teaching the Adult Student
  • Focusing on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Innovating with College Readiness
  • Developing Corrections/Reentry Programs
  • Supporting the Needs of Veterans

Learn from experts and each other how to best serve adult learners. Explore proven methods to increase access, facilitate success, and remove barriers to your students achieving their goals!

Registration is now CLOSED.

If you have registered, you will receive Zoom login instructions soon.

Agenda Monday, May 18th, 2020

All times based on Central Time Zone (CDT)

Get a List of Future Focus 2020 Recordings

Time Description Presenter
8:30 – 8:45 a.m. Welcome President Michael Berndt
Housekeeping Brenda LysengKendrah Pearson
8:45 – 10 a.m. Keynote Address: Inclusive Teaching Strategies to Promote Non-Traditional Student Success

Presentation Materials:

Malissa Adams
10:10 – 11 a.m. Breakout Session 1

  • CLEP: Accelerate to Graduate
  • Creating Career Pathways: Community Based Organizations, Adult Basic Education & Higher Education
  • From Policy to Practice: What It Takes to Develop and Sustain Credit for Prior Learning
  • Higher Education in Prison: A Faculty Perspective
  • Preparing adult learners for college: Navigation and integrated skill development
  • Reaching Adult Learners Online
  • What’s with all the acronyms: Military-connected students and resources available
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11:10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Breakout Session 2

  • Creating and Implementing Quality Formative Assessments with Adult Learners
  • Credentials to Credits for Adult Learners: A System Approach to Faculty Reviews and Crosswalks
  • Focus on Graduation: Helping Adult Students reach the Finish Line
  • Second Chance in Action
  • Showing Adult Learners the Love!
  • Strategic Tools for Implementing Faculty-Driven Credit for Prior Learning
  • Yoga
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12 – 12:30 p.m. Lunch on your own. Don’t forget to wash your hands!
12:30 – 1:20 p.m. Breakout Session 3

  • Building your own PLA Course
  • Community-Based Learning Strategies for Adult Learners
  • Employers Supporting Education – Success through the Dual Training Grant
  • Mapping ACE Credit Recommendations for Military and Workforce Training
  • Reaching Adult Learners in a Correctional Environment: Engaging a Change Resistant Population
  • Staying Well in a Chaotic World
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1:30 – 2:20 p.m. Breakout Session 4

  • Credit for Learners with Industry Recognized Certifications
  • DACA and undocumented students: Navigating Higher Ed
  • Educating the Adult Learner
  • Education In the Minnesota Department of Corrections: An Overview & Looking to the Future
  • Integrating Soft Skills to Achieve Success: Effective Communication
  • Preventing Suicide in Student Veterans
  • Tools for Program Completion and Transfer
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2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Student Panel
Student Panelists: Rita Begum, Draven Dugal, Nate Haleen, Marni Hurt, Sandy Loney, Stephanie Norfleet, and Sarah Sandstrom.
Jess Lee Niebuhr (moderator)
3:30 – 3:45 p.m. Closing Remarks & Evaluations Monica Ibarra
4 p.m. – Whenever you’d like! Birds Of a Feather & Networking

Options include:

  • Accessibility
  • Coaching and Mentoring Adult Students
  • C-PLAN
  • Equity Goals in Credit for Prior Learning
  • Financial models for adult learning programs/growth strategies
  • Issues Students Face with Transfer
  • Mindfulness in online course delivery
  • Open Educational Resources (OER)
  • Prior Learning Assessment—Beginners
  • Prior Learning Assessment—Advanced
  • Supporting adult learners who are low income or battling poverty
  • Supporting & Engaging military-connected students
  • Supporting Incarcerated or Formerly Incarcerated Students
  • Understanding ABE & it’s impact on colleges/workplace
  • What are needs particular to adult, multilingual/multicultural students?

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We want to acknowledge the various partners that are making the Adult Learner Institute possible:

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Title III Grant: Adult Learners: Service, Success and Growth

Lumina Grant: All Learning Counts

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MN Reconnect

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MinnState Career and Technical Education

Minnesota State Credit for Prior Learning Assessment Network
CPLAN = Credit for Prior Learning Assessment Network