Adult Learners and Students with Children

Adult Learners and Students with Children

The Adult Learner and Students with Children (ALSC) KC increases awareness, disseminates information, identifies resources and tracks academic and demographic trends concerning these typically under-represented but growing, and frequently intersecting, populations of students. All of our efforts are ultimately focused on increasing the recruitment, admission, retention and graduation of this demographic.

As a Knowledge Community we find recognition of Outstanding Programs to be one of our most important missions. Each year our community offers three awards to recognize the amazing work done by our colleagues in the field. 

 If you have a program at your University, College or Community College that supports that retention and successful graduation of Adult Learners or Students with Children, we urge you to apply for our awards. For more information and to see who has won in the past, please view the information at the bottom of this page. The Deadline to receive an award at NASPA 2021 is Oct. 20th 2020.

The ALSC KC proudly presents a Learning Module for college personnel interested in supporting Adult Learners and Student Parents at their universities. "Advocating for Pregnant and Parenting Students: How to be Proactive not Reactive" is available for only $49 to NASPA members or free for ALSC KC members. If you are a ALSC KC member, write to Martha Harper [email protected] for an access code.


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Adult Learners and students with children are two large, growing, and important populations to higher education. Our Knowledge Community hopes to be on the forefront of how student affairs practitioners can best work with these students.


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Leadership Team

Knowledge Community leaders are NASPA volunteers who have generously devoted their time to their Knowledge Community. Chairs are elected by the Knowledge Community members while Regional representatives are selected from within the Region. Additional roles are selected by the Knowledge Community.


The Adult Learners and Students with Children Knowledge Community compiled the following list of resources; however, inclusion on this list does not represent an endorsement of the information, site, or organization by NASPA and any of its entities. To suggest new sites or report an error, email Martha Harper.



One of the best resources available to you is the wide range of professional development opportunities. This list contains both our “Hosted Events,” workshops and webinars that we plan and manage, and some “Related Events,” hosted by the NASPA Central Office or other NASPA Constituent Groups. To see a full listing of NASPA events, please see the Events page.