A Roundtable discussion regarding the TN Reconnect program was held at Jackson State Community College on Thursday, December 7. Held in nine strategic community regions across the state, the roundtables provide an opportunity for campus enrollment managers, faculty, and TN Reconnect community advisors to discuss strategies, logistics, and methods for assisting adult learners as they navigate their way through the college application process. The roundtables are being sponsored by The Tennessee Higher Education Commission, the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation, and the Tennessee Board of Regents.
“Many adults entering college for the first time or those returning to college after an extended time away find the application and enrollment process somewhat overwhelming and confusing. The collaborative nature of the roundtables help to give all of us a deeper understanding of the holistic and supportive environment we must provide for adults making the transition to college life,” said Dr. Heidi Leming, TBR vice chancellor for student success.
Roundtable participants shared campus plans, advising strategies, and best practices. They also learned about creative solutions and resources available for accommodating adult students who face barriers associated with lack of childcare or transportation, unreliable internet access, outdated computer equipment, and the added expense of textbooks and supplies.
In Tennessee, 900,000 adults have some college but no degree and are considered prospective adult learners. To support campus recruitment efforts for the fall 2018 semester, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission will launch a state-wide integrated marketing campaign in February to raise awareness and spark interest in the life-changing opportunities that TN Reconnect offers to adults who thought a college credential was no longer in reach.