One State’s HBCUs Are Seeing More Interest From Adult Students. Here’s How They’re Responding

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.