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Research has revealed that adult learners in college face unique challenges as they balance adult roles and responsibilities while also navigating college alongside traditional-age students. A successful transition into postsecondary education can be an especially difficult process for adults. Adults are generally more self-directed, manage full-time jobs and families, and have different experiences in college that are unlike those of traditional-age students. Colleges and universities have created various programs to facilitate college success, but have not addressed the needs of adult learners. Orientation programs in particular have not been tailored to the specific needs of adults. The following project aims to create an online orientation program that is specifically designed for adult students at Grand Valley State University (GVSU), with the overall intent being to increase the college preparedness of adult students. The purpose of this project is to provide an orientation that will be more useful and productive for adult student success than a traditional orientation program would be.

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