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College Readiness for Adult Learners


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: chris.george@wku.edu 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 Opportunities Center—this program works with non-traditional students and socio economically disadvantaged students to obtain services to help them succeed in pursuit of higher education. Email: charlene.manco@wku.edu or call 270-745-2936.
    • 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: carol.lee@wku.edu  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: rick.wright@wku.edu or call 270-745-5024.
  • WKU Adult Learner Services 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: finish@wku.edu or call 270-745-5065
  • 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: finish@wku.edu or call 270-745-5065
  • Advising and Career Development Center--provides WKU students with the academic and career support necessary to achieve their academic goals. We provide advising, resume assistance, internship assistance, and academic advising for all Colleges. The BEP program is offered as part of ACDC. 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: bep@wku.edu or call 270-745-5065. 
  • The Learning Center—Located in DSU 1082, The Learning Center works 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: Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS), and a Dell computer lab with free printing. Contact: email-- tlc@wku.edu or call 270-745-5816.

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 Last Modified 9/14/18