By Carolyn Shaw, Associate Vice President for Strategic Enrollment Management
Goal 10 Increase enrollment and retention of returning adult students
WSU serves a significant number of returning adult students and recognizes that this
population has unique needs to be addressed for them to be successful. Offices across
campus support these students, but the Office of Adult Learning provides services
that uniquely serve these students.
We see a continued downward trend in returning adult enrollments. This is linked
in part to our continuing decline in transfer students, many of whom are returning
adults. As we continue to build closer connections with WSU Tech and our major community
college partners, we hope to be able to reverse this trend by making it easier for
them to finish their 4-year degrees with us.
SEM Shout Outs:
To Chad Steinkamp, Admissions, who is always a great partner with the Office of Adult
Learning, and most recently helped judge the Adult Learner of The Year awards and
served on the Osher Scholarship committee.
To Tegan Bonham, Financial Aid, who helps give presentations with Adult Learning to
help recruit and retain adult learners.
To Maggie Slack, Career Development Center, for developing a series of workshops to
adult learners to be successful.
To Amber Anderson and Noelle Wilson, Online Learning, who partnered with Adult Learning
for virtual workshops for adult and online learners this past year.