PBS News Hour: “Perception Gap”

If you didn’t see the May 1st News Hour segment featuring LaGuardia Community College, you should!

Gail Mellow, president of the community college says:

“There’s such an enormous gap between who goes to college in the United States and our very old and stereotyped image. More than half of all American college students, undergraduates, go to community colleges.

More than half of those can’t go full-time. About a quarter of our students are working more than 30 hours a week to make ends meet. More than half of them are living at home with parents. So, the idea of college as being this time away, right after high school, it’s not true.”

This segment illustrates the challenges that New Majority students face, but also highlights the great things that can be accomplished when their needs are consciously met by an institution.

Here’s the link:

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/filling-in-this-perception-gap-can-help-low-income-students-succeed

 

 

ACHE in Annapolis

Marguerite and I enjoyed a fun session with attendees at the ACHE (Association for Continuing Higher Education) meeting in Annapolis Maryland on April 12th. Our session attendees represented several types of institutions, and roles ranging from faculty to student advisors and administrators.  We both appreciated the opportunity to talk about the importance of the New Majority with colleagues.

 

Serving the New Majority Book Ships

The second book in our series, ‘Serving the New Majority Student: Working from within to transform the institution”, is now available for purchase in both paper and hardback.

Here’s a description of the second book:

Much of higher education was originally designed to meet the needs of full time 18-22 year-old students who enter directly from high school. However, the New Majority of our students are older, likely to swirl among institutions, and have significant adult responsibilities outside of the classroom. The New Majority Student: Working from Within to Transform Higher Education is a call to transform colleges and universities to meet the academic and student experience needs of New Majority students and for adult educators to become advocates, allies, and resources for needed reforms. Book contributors, including faculty, staff and administrators at public, private and community colleges, provide insights for this transformation. The book utilizes a business perspective to academic transformation, providing a guide to how universities can redefine and restructure their education product to meet student needs. Taking a Human Centered Design approach, the contributors provide frameworks and examples of how institutions can reallocate technology, effort (internal, external, student, faculty) and finances to reimagine programs and ensure long term institutional health.

The book can be purchased from Rowman & Littlefield at:

https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781475836011/Serving-the-New-Majority-Student-Working-from-Within-to-Transform-the-Institution#

Lucas Center Hosts Book Club Discussion

The Lucas Center for Faculty Development, at Florida Gulf Coast University, has chosen the Academic Transformation book as a reading for the spring book club.  Here is a description from their website.  https://www2.fgcu.edu/LucasCenter/book-clubs.html
Clubs are scheduled for fall and spring terms, beginning in September. Faculty and staff members can sign up for one club and must commit to reading assigned pages and participating in every discussion. The Lucas Center provides a copy of the book for participants to keep.
Academic Transformation: A Design Approach for the New Majority
by Eric Malm, Marguerite Weber
Much of higher education was originally designed to meet the needs of full time 18-22 year-old students who enter directly from high school. However, the New Majority of our students are older, likely to swirl among institutions, and have significant adult responsibilities outside of the classroom. Academic Transformation: A Design Approach for the New Majority is a call to transform colleges and universities to meet the academic and student experience needs of New Majority students and for adult educators to become advocates, allies, and resources for needed reforms.
Thursdays from 2 – 3 PM
Jan. 25, Feb. 22, Apr. 19

 

https://www2.fgcu.edu/LucasCenter/book-clubs.html

Out of the Shadows

From November 1-3 I had the pleasure of talking at the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education National Conference in Memphis. I heard and saw a constant theme throughout the conference- that Adult Education is ‘different’ than the rest of higher ed. One of the keynote speakers talked about Adult Education as lying ‘on the margins’. In another session a presenter, who was an adult learner in an Adult Education graduate program, spoke about her experiences taking classes in another department on campus that didn’t understand the needs of adult learners.
AAACE_Conference
My strong feeling coming out of the conference is that it’s time for people in Adult Education to ‘come out of the shadows’. A key theme of our book is that there is no longer a distinction and split between ‘Adult’ and ‘Traditional’ education. Our New Majority of learners ARE adult learners. It’s time for folks who have been spending decades working with Adult Learners to share what they know with others on campus. And perhaps more importantly, it’s time for the ‘rest of campus’ to listen and learn from those in Adult Education.
I also want to thank Christy Rhodes, the Conference Chair, for setting up a great event.
For more information, please go to:
http://www.aaace.org/page/2017ConfPresent

Academic Transformation

Much of higher education was originally designed to meet the needs of full time 18- to 22-year-old students who enter directly from high school. However, the New Majority of our students are older, likely to swirl among institutions, and have significant adult responsibilities outside of the classroom. Academic Transformation: A Design Approach for the New Majority is a call to transform colleges and universities to meet the academic and student experience needs of New Majority students and for adult educators to become advocates, allies, and resources for needed reforms.

Book contributors—including faculty, staff, and administrators at public, private, and community colleges—provide insights to this transformation. Taking a personalized approach based on a wide range of experiences, they provide a framework for cross-campus conversations and collaborations to help stakeholders across the institution understand New Majority learners’ strengths, needs, and challenges within an increasingly competitive educational market.

New Majority at AAACE Conference

Malm and Weber will be appearing at the AAACE Annual Conference in Memphis on November 1-3. Today over half of undergraduate students are either over 24, or have significant adult responsibilities.  This ‘New Majority’ is a dominant force in higher education, yet most institutions are still designed around the full time 18-22 year old student. Academic Transformation: A Design Approach for the New Majority provides insights on how changes can be made throughout universities to better meet the needs of this increasingly important student group.

The book will be released in November and can be pre-ordered at: Pre-Order from Rowman & Littlefield