In last four years, with the inception of the Adult Degree Completion Program, Middle
Tennessee State University has had a national influence on the adult learning stage.
It has been recognized repeatedly for providing superior opportunities for adult and
non-traditional students to return to school and complete their education.
While receiving awards for our work is wonderful - our true awards are found in the lives of the thousands of students who leave Middle Tennessee State University and go on to have a profound impact in the world.
The Adult Degree Completion Program (ADCP) at Middle Tennessee State University was created for the working adult who needs to finish a bachelor's degree to get ahead in his or her career. The customizable degree programs allow students to focus on coursework which will benefit them in their current careers or move into new fields. From Fall 2007 to Spring 2011 more than 800 students have graduated from this program. The ADCP has received state, regional and national awards for its innovation and application in serving non-traditional populations.
Adult Learning Focused Institution of Higher Education
In June of 2011, Middle Tennessee State University joined the Coalition of Adult Learning Focused Institutions (ALFI). Colleges and universities in the Coalition strive continuously to improve their programs and services for adult students, assess their adult degree programs regularly, and share "best practices" for adult learners with other Coalition members.
The ALFI Coalition is an alliance of members of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) who demonstrate their commitment to improving their services to adult learners by completing the ALFI surveys. The surveys, based on CAEL's research on how to serve adult learners effectively, identify and compare how students, faculty, staff, and administrators perceive the services offered by the institution. The data provided help an institution identify its strengths and challenges, plan strategically for the future, and discover how best to allocate resources for the greatest impact.
Association for Continuing Higher Education - South Region
The Adult Degree Completion Program at MTSU was chosen for the 2011 Distinguished Program Award for credit program at the South Regional Spring Conference held in San Antonio, Texas in April. "ACHE South recognizes outstanding programs, faculty, and continuing higher education professionals in the region. The Association also awards individuals who are advancing the profession of continuing education through research and scholarship."
Recruiting & Retaining Adult Learners
Lance Ikard, a director in the University College, was interviewed as a "Leader and Innovator" in adult education by Recruiting Retaining Adult Learners magazine for his work with the Adult Degree Completion Program and the Prior Learning Assessment courses at MTSU.
National Institute on the Assessment of Adult Learning - 2011
Lance Ikard also made a presentation called "Student Success through Prior Learning Assessment" at the 2011 Conference on the National Institute on the Assessment of Adult Learning.
Tennessee Alliance of Continuing Higher Education
In the fall of 2009, MTSU was presented by the Tennessee Alliance for Continuing Higher
Education with the Credit Program Award "in recognition of outstanding and innovative
During that same year, our Professional Development division was awarded the counterpart Non-Credit Program award for their joint project with the Tennessee Board of Regents to make online professional development training available to thousands of employees and contractors for the Tennessee Department of Child Welfare.