At Fayetteville State University, adult students make up about 48 percent of the overall student population. At Elizabeth City State, administrators have seen a nearly 50-percent increase in adult-student enrollment in just the last two years. Adult learners now account for 22 percent of the university’s student population. That growth has prompted administrators to take a closer look at the needs of adult learners — and make concrete changes to accommodate them.
In November, the UNC system awarded a $35,000 grant to researchers from three HBCUs in the state — North Carolina A&T, Fayetteville State University, and Winston-Salem State University — to study equity-focused digital opportunities for adult learners. Continue reading.