Who is considered an adult-learner?
The School of Adult and Continuing Education (SACE) defines the adult-learner as:
- The adult learner who may or may not have some prior college experience.
- The adult learner who may delay entering college and often returns after an extended absence.
- The adult learner is often married/partnered and is responsible for child/elderly or related care.
- The adult learner who is independent with financial and economic resources to underwrite his/her college education.
- The adult learner who attends at least part-time for a portion of their academic program.
- The continuing education student who decides to return to college to obtain an additional degree.
- The continuing education student who wants to acquire certification in a different field/major for promotional opportunities or career transition.
- The continuing education student who has been downsized, right-sized, or made redundant and seek a different skill-set for a career transition.
- The single parent, immigrant, veteran, and full-time employee who is seeking a college degree or certificate program.
Who is considered a transfer student?
A transfer student is a student that has previously matriculated at another institution for academic credits.
- FIRST-TIME TRANSFER STUDENT: Applicants with 12 or more (transferable) semester hours with a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average. First-Year applicants with less than 12 (transferable) credits will be evaluated utilizing Lincoln University’s standard admission criteria.
- STUDENTS WITH AN ASSOCIATE DEGREE: Students who transfer to Lincoln University with an associate degree in a parallel degree program from a regionally accredited college/university will have their general education/core curriculum courses considered complete. Students may have to complete additional coursework depending on the major and prerequisites required for major courses as determined by the academic department.
- STUDENTS WITH A BACHELOR’S DEGREE: Students that transfer to Lincoln University from a four-year regionally accredited college/university will have their general education/core curriculum courses considered complete. Students may have to complete additional coursework depending on the major and prerequisites required for major courses as determined by the academic department.
How long will it take me to complete my degree?
A student with an Associate degree, or substantial college credits, may be able to complete the Bachelor’s degree in fifteen to twenty-four months. All other students will complete a program evaluation assessment with of their academic advisor to review transfer equivalency credits and determine required courses for degree completion.
How many credits can I transfer?
Students may transfer 90+ approved credit hours from other accredited institutions with an earned grade of C or better. Students must meet Lincoln University’s residency requirement of at least 30 credit hours, including 15-24 credits hours within their major.
Should I complete an Associate Degree before I transfer?
No, it is not necessary. However, students with substantial college credits, including general education courses, are welcome to apply.
When will I be assigned an academic advisor?
After you have been formally admitted into an adult-learner undergraduate program, you will be assigned an academic advisor in your indigenous program of study. Your academic advisor will assist you with class registration.
Do I have face-to-face or online classes?
Programs offer a hybrid model and an accelerated 7:1:7 model. Students attend face-to-face classes on some weeks and online classes other weeks, according to a schedule established at the beginning of each academic semester. Classes are offered during the evenings and on Saturday.
How do I access my online courses?
You may access your courses through Canvas, Lincoln University’s learning management system. Admitted students will receive login instructions in their Orientation packet. If students should require further assistance, they may contact the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning/CETL at 800.340.5462 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)?
Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is an academic process that enables a student to gain credit for what he/she has already learned through professional training, life experiences, job-related activities, or volunteer work. PLA makes it possible for students to earn credit towards a degree for the skills and knowledge they already possess.
Do I have to take a placement test?
A routine placement test is not required. However, deficiencies in Mathematics and English may require a placement test to determine a student’s competency in these disciplines.
What steps can I take to be successful in the adult-learner undergraduate program?
- Purchase, read and study the course textbooks
- Discipline and maturity
- Interact with fellow students for support and academic assistance
- Develop a relationship with your professor for academic advising, counseling, and retention
- Seek assistance from Student Services for financial aid, textbook, and general non-academic issues
- Ensure that you have ample time to complete assignments timely
- Have access to a computer at home, and the basic knowledge of Microsoft office and essential skills for searching the internet