The adult student learner population on any campus consists of a variety of students.
The population may include military veterans, married couples, single parents, any
older adult over age 25, commuters, students who have "stopped out", etc. The students
often face different obstacles to obtaining their higher education goals than those
of a traditional student. There are also students that come straight out of high school
into college but may face other obstacles related to lower socio-economic status.
Statistics show these students often receive less guidance and help at home to ensure
they are college ready upon graduation from high school.
The following programs and services are available through Western Kentucky University
to assist non-traditional students in overcoming obstacles to accomplishing their
higher education goals. These programs are part of Western Kentucky University's mission
to prepare all students to be productive, engaged, and socially responsible citizen
leaders of a global society. Each provides research, service and lifelong learning
opportunities for it's constituents as part of our stewardship in support of a higher
quality of life for those within it's reach.
Programs available through WKU to non-traditional students:
TRiO—Student Support Services (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 270-745-3978)—provides academic advisement, personal counseling, tutoring,
access to cultural events, services for students with disabilities, restricted sections
of University Experience (UE 175), peer mentoring, and supplemental financial assistance.
TRiO encompasses three smaller programs:
Educational Talent Search—works with middle and high school students who have a disability, low-income status,
or first generation students, with academic potential and motivation to prepare for
higher education pursuits. Email: email@example.com or call 270-745-6884.
Veterans Upward Bound— services are available to active duty military personnel or veterans with at least
six months' time-served and any kind of a discharge, other than dishonorable. Services
provided include education advising, career advising, financial aid application assistance,
and persons with special needs. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 270-745-5024.
WKU Adult Learner Service [BROKEN LINK]s [BROKEN LINK] is dedicated to assisting adult students to explore educational options or pursue
a degree. This program offers support services and guidance to these adults coordinate
enrollment needs, identify developmental courses needed due to being out of educational
environment for a period of time, and/or help them identify resources in the community
and on campus to help them succeed in obtaining their degree. This program has developed
a study room specifically for these adult students to have their own area, with other
adults to study in and network with other adult students. Email: email@example.com or call 270-745-3575
WKU FINISH--reaches out to students who have attended college and left without obtaining a degree.
These students would have a minimum 80 hours course work previously completed. Students
often run into various challenges that prohibit them from completing their degree
goal. This program provides stronger institutionalized support for students. Their
goal is simple-to offer an opportunity for all students to succeed in their academic
programs while providing support and guidance. WKU Finish will assist students in
coordinating the resources, degree programs and departmental support to achieve their
desired degree. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 270-745-3575
Academic Advising & Retention Center--provides WKU students with the academic support necessary to achieve their academic
goals. We provide advising, tutoring, peer intrusive advising, student success initiatives,
and training on advising for faculty and staff.The BEP program is offered as part
of AARC. This program offers support services to students that have been put on probation
to help them meet probation requirements and regain good academic standing with the
university. Email: email@example.com or call 270-745-5065.
The Learning Center—Work with students to promote student success, enhance student performance, and increase
student retention at Western Kentucky University. Tutoring services available. TLC
offers assistance with academic skill areas such as note taking, time management,
test taking skills, etc. TLC is also offers programs such as: The Academic Advantage
Series: Workshops for Success, Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS), and a Dell computer
lab for academic projects. Contact: email-- firstname.lastname@example.org or call 270-745-5065.
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