Research Library

Understanding the Adult Learner

RESEARCH DOCUMENTS

Complete Florida is an operational response to supporting state and national degree completion initiatives. But, it's a lot more than that. Through research, initiatives, innovation, processes and communication and marketing, we frame best practices that make impact for stakeholder success. Design, development and implementation based on the agenda and experiences of the adult learner create the backbone of Complete Florida.

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Challenge: Defining Adult Learners

The adult learner, typically between the ages of 25 and 64, is very different from the First Time in College (FTIC) student. Typically, they have different family responsibilities, academic backgrounds, professional experiences and personal and professional goals. Dig deeper into the research that went into characterizing the adult learner.

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Challenge: Building Solutions for Adult Learners

Solutions that center on the users are the best way to ensure lasting results. Focusing on their needs is the central philosophy of the Innovation Institute’s trademarked IDEA MethodTM. The end goal is always to design a solution that will benefit the end user most effectively.

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Challenge: Decreasing Time to Completion

The adult learner’s critical concerns center on saving time and money. Integrating life experiences, alternative credentials, past earned college credit and work experiences into a program of study is an individual process – every student has a different pathway and story.

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Challenge: Supporting Florida's Workforce

Ensuring that adult learners are ready for the challenges of the workforce is a critical element of the Complete Florida mission. Focusing on career sectors of Information Technology, Healthcare, Education and Business, Complete Florida partners offer a wide variety of educational opportunities to meet the needs of Florida’s workforce and employers.

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