Academic and service departments are critical to a nontraditional student's time to degree completion and minimization of debt. An efficient, well designed degree completion program and support services, at any student's point of entry to Rutgers, can help them plan their attendance throughout a full year to ensure they register for courses sequentially.
The core of an educational institution is to provide education to faculty, staff and students. Providing assistance, support, service and advice to faculty, staff and students is paramount to a cohesive Rutgers experience. Without faculty, we lack individual experts to impart their knowledge to generations of individuals. Without students, faculty lack the means to continue their legacy in sharing expert knowledge. Without support staff, multiple parties veer away from purpose. Without higher education, we lose the framework by which to positively impact the world.
University administration should understand and provide appropriate accommodations, and facilitate the ongoing dialog about obstacles to a fully inclusive learning environment, and support innovative approaches to overcoming them. "Students are more likely to be engaged when they understand that a course's content prepares them for the next courses in their sequence of study, and is relevant to their lives outside of the classroom7,13,17,23."
In an effort to transform the student experience and advance our inclusiveness of adult, nontraditional students, UC is rolling out an initiative, with UC endorsed programs, to identify true adult-friendly academic programs that can be completed in a reasonable amount of time.