Jessica L. Kirkwood, Coordinator of Career &              Internship Services        Debra Mynar, Adult Learner          P...
Penn State Lehigh Valley Approximately 850 students enrolled Five Bachelor degree programs Three Associate degree progr...
Adult Development Theories Erickson : 3/8 stages of psychosocial development focus on adulthood   Intimacy vs. Isolation...
Programming Topics & AdultDevelopment Theories Financial Planning    Generativity vs. Stagnation, Integrity vs. Despair...
Goals of ALSS Increase recruitment, retention, and satisfaction of  adult learners at Penn State Lehigh Valley Connect a...
Adult Learner Advisory Council Developed to provide feedback and  suggestions for the ALSS program Requirements:   Atte...
ALAC Membership 16 adult learners 5 faculty 4 staff members
Collaborations & Support University Relations Digital Commons Alumni Relations Penn State Alumni Career Services Stud...
Marketing, Advertising, Promotion Invitations sent via postal mail to all PSLV adult learners  (Fall 160, Spring 142) In...
Financial Planning for the FutureFocusing on money management in the current economic climate, as adultlearners face multi...
Investing, Budgeting & Decreasing Debt Kevin Brosious, CFP, CPA, PFS    Founder & President of Wealth     Management, In...
Saving Strategies &Finding the “Right” Financial Planner                    Ray Hitti                      Marketing Man...
Empowering Adult Learners              through TechnologyCombining technology andnetworking to increasecommunity identity ...
Empowering Adult Learners           through Technology PSU-LV Adult Learners on Facebook   Tricia Clark –    Instruction...
Empowering Adult Learners           through Technology LionLink    Professional networking program for PSU students and ...
Empowering Adult Learners             through Technology Nittany Lion Recruiting   PSU on-line internship and job postin...
Empowering Adult Learners             through Technology Blogging    Kate Morgan - Director,     University Relations   ...
Nittany Networking Event            WE ARE PENN STATE!             Bringing adult learners             and alumni together...
Nittany Networking Event A joint effort of:    PSU-LV Career Services    PSU-LV Alumni Society    PSU Alumni Career Se...
Nittany Networking Event William Baker – Owner, Dunderbak’s Cafe   Director of National    Restaurant Association
Women & WorkDeveloping anunderstanding of womenas leaders and learningabout opportunities forwomen in localorganizationsAT...
Women & Work Dr. David Livert   Asst. Professor of Psychology Lorraine McClure – a student’s perspective   Asst. to Di...
Women’s Organizations Business & Professional Women’s Club of the Lehigh Valley   To achieve equity for all women in the...
ALSS Program Survey Likert 4 point scale = 5 questions Assessed knowledge, interaction, connectedness, and  likelihood o...
ALSS Survey RESULTSProgram       Know   Interact   Connect   Know     Particip   Program                                  ...
ALSS Survey RESULTS What programs/services/events will increase satisfaction levels? (multiple choice)   Adult learner o...
ALSS Survey RESULTS How can PSLV enhance the co-curricular experience & increase investment in campus community?   “Thes...
Group Discussion What programs or activities are most likely to attract a large percentage of such a diverse population o...
Suggested Improvements Actively utilizing adult learners and/or Adult Learner  Advisory Council to plan & implement progr...
Reeves, P. M. (1999). Psychological Development. In M. C.  Clark & R. S. Caffarella (Eds.), New directions for adult  and ...
Adult Learner Success Series: Meeting the Programming Needs of Adult Learners
Adult Learner Success Series: Meeting the Programming Needs of Adult Learners
Adult Learner Success Series: Meeting the Programming Needs of Adult Learners
Adult Learner Success Series: Meeting the Programming Needs of Adult Learners
Adult Learner Success Series: Meeting the Programming Needs of Adult Learners
Adult Learner Success Series: Meeting the Programming Needs of Adult Learners
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Adult Learner Success Series: Meeting the Programming Needs of Adult Learners

  1. 1. Jessica L. Kirkwood, Coordinator of Career & Internship Services Debra Mynar, Adult Learner Penn State Lehigh Valley
  2. 2. Penn State Lehigh Valley Approximately 850 students enrolled Five Bachelor degree programs Three Associate degree programs Two minors Adult Learner population of approx. 22%
  3. 3. Adult Development Theories Erickson : 3/8 stages of psychosocial development focus on adulthood  Intimacy vs. Isolation, Generativity vs. Stagnation, Integrity vs. Despair Schlossberg: transitions & adult development Belenky, Clichy, Goldberger, & Tarule (1986): women finding a “voice” Reeves, P.M. (1999)
  4. 4. Programming Topics & AdultDevelopment Theories Financial Planning  Generativity vs. Stagnation, Integrity vs. Despair Technology  Schlossberg Networking/Mentoring  Intimacy vs. Isolation Empowerment of Women  Belenky, Clichy, Goldberger, & Tarule (1986)
  5. 5. Goals of ALSS Increase recruitment, retention, and satisfaction of adult learners at Penn State Lehigh Valley Connect adult learners to the campus community through the development of relationships with each other Help adult learners develop their own “identity” and support system on campus Provide programs of interest that will increase learning (knowledge) & participation of adult learners in out-of-class (co-curricular) activities
  6. 6. Adult Learner Advisory Council Developed to provide feedback and suggestions for the ALSS program Requirements:  Attend two meetings each semester  Attend one ALSS event each semester
  7. 7. ALAC Membership 16 adult learners 5 faculty 4 staff members
  8. 8. Collaborations & Support University Relations Digital Commons Alumni Relations Penn State Alumni Career Services Student Affairs Faculty/staff Area professionals/community members
  9. 9. Marketing, Advertising, Promotion Invitations sent via postal mail to all PSLV adult learners (Fall 160, Spring 142) Invitations emailed to all PSLV adult learners Active participation of adult learners in programs (presenters) 14” X 8.5” colored posters PSLV Newswire PSLV News & Events on homepage PSLV online campus calendar Career Services website (Events page) Table tents PSU LV Adult Learner group on Facebook Student Affairs emails to students regarding campus events Emails to faculty & staff to promote events Adult Learner Success Series: Nittany Networking Event Word of mouth Allentown BrewWorks, Promotion by Adult Learner Advisory Council Hamilton Room February 26, 2009
  10. 10. Financial Planning for the FutureFocusing on money management in the current economic climate, as adultlearners face multiple challenges such as supporting a family, funding theireducation, debt, job loss and retirementATTENDANCE: 50 adult learners, faculty, staff, evening business class
  11. 11. Investing, Budgeting & Decreasing Debt Kevin Brosious, CFP, CPA, PFS  Founder & President of Wealth Management, Inc., a financial planning and registered investment advisory firm  Adjunct professor at both Penn State Lehigh Valley and DeSales Universities teaching personal finance, investments and other business courses
  12. 12. Saving Strategies &Finding the “Right” Financial Planner  Ray Hitti  Marketing Manager for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals  10 years with John Hancock Mutual Life  Adjunct business professor at Penn State Lehigh Valley
  13. 13. Empowering Adult Learners through TechnologyCombining technology andnetworking to increasecommunity identity amongadult learners by providingalternative methods ofconnecting.ATTENDANCE:16 adult learners, faculty and staff
  14. 14. Empowering Adult Learners through Technology PSU-LV Adult Learners on Facebook  Tricia Clark – Instructional Designer  Eileen Grodziak – Digital Commons  Jessica Kirkwood – Coordinator, Career Services  Debra Mynar – a student’s perspective
  15. 15. Empowering Adult Learners through Technology LionLink  Professional networking program for PSU students and alumni offered through Alumni Career Services  Connects and establishes relationships with alumni for career information, advice and more connections  Networking etiquette
  16. 16. Empowering Adult Learners through Technology Nittany Lion Recruiting  PSU on-line internship and job posting system  Create a profile  Post a resume  Search for internships  Search for part-time and full-time employment opportunities
  17. 17. Empowering Adult Learners through Technology Blogging  Kate Morgan - Director, University Relations  Sharin Crivellaro – a student’s perspective  The blogs at Penn State  Alex Burdine – a student’s perspective  Blogging for $
  18. 18. Nittany Networking Event WE ARE PENN STATE! Bringing adult learners and alumni together to build a bridge for mentoring and networking ATTENDANCE: 68 adult learners, faculty, staff, alumni and guests
  19. 19. Nittany Networking Event A joint effort of:  PSU-LV Career Services  PSU-LV Alumni Society  PSU Alumni Career Services Tips on effective networking  Jennifer Wetzel & Misty Pavlic, PSU Alumni Career Services
  20. 20. Nittany Networking Event William Baker – Owner, Dunderbak’s Cafe  Director of National Restaurant Association
  21. 21. Women & WorkDeveloping anunderstanding of womenas leaders and learningabout opportunities forwomen in localorganizationsATTENDANCE: Adult Learner Success Series:14 adult learners, faculty, staff Women & Work Penn State Lehigh Valleyand organization representatives May 7, 2009
  22. 22. Women & Work Dr. David Livert  Asst. Professor of Psychology Lorraine McClure – a student’s perspective  Asst. to Director of Student Affairs  May B.S. Business graduate
  23. 23. Women’s Organizations Business & Professional Women’s Club of the Lehigh Valley  To achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information League of Women Voters  A nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy CareerLink  Connects communities, organizations and individuals to new ideas, technologies, talent, jobs, and opportunities
  24. 24. ALSS Program Survey Likert 4 point scale = 5 questions Assessed knowledge, interaction, connectedness, and likelihood of future participation One open-ended question One multiple choice question 30 surveys completed
  25. 25. ALSS Survey RESULTSProgram Know Interact Connect Know Particip Program Check AvgFinancial 3.73 3.25 3.25 3.58 3.75 3.51PlanningTechnology 3.38 3.00 3.13 3.25 3.38 3.23Nittany 4.00 4.00 3.50 3.50 3.50 3.70NetworkWomen & 3.63 2.86 3.25 3.63 3.50 3.37WorkOVERALL 3.62 3.14 3.23 3.5 3.57 3.41/4.0
  26. 26. ALSS Survey RESULTS What programs/services/events will increase satisfaction levels? (multiple choice)  Adult learner organization (23)  Professional development (17)  Lecture series (16)  Family-friendly activities (7)  Other (1 – mentoring)
  27. 27. ALSS Survey RESULTS How can PSLV enhance the co-curricular experience & increase investment in campus community?  “These workshops and discussions are a great beginning.”  “By continuing to build relationships on the level of an adult learner and offer them more programs which will be helpful to them in their everyday lives.”  “I’ve enjoyed hearing the personal stories that have been shared through these sessions. Thank you.”  Specific topic suggestions: more detailed & active Facebook group, time management, Second Life, direct mentoring
  28. 28. Group Discussion What programs or activities are most likely to attract a large percentage of such a diverse population of adult learners?
  29. 29. Suggested Improvements Actively utilizing adult learners and/or Adult Learner Advisory Council to plan & implement programs Participation in SGA Development of Adult Learner Organization Collaboration with departments  Student Development Team (Student Affairs)  Alumni Relations Faculty buy-in
  30. 30. Reeves, P. M. (1999). Psychological Development. In M. C. Clark & R. S. Caffarella (Eds.), New directions for adult and continuing education: Number 84. An update on adult development theory: New ways of thinking about the life course (pp. 19-27). San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass Publishers.

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