Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Education-Higher Education (M.Ed.)

Degree Program

College of Education

First Advisor

Moira Ozias

Academic Year



Adult learners are continuing to dominate enrollment trends in higher education due to added accessibility in attending college as well as the growing needs and demands from society. The transition to college for adult learners can be filled with unique circumstances as many adults have to balance not only their academic responsibilities, but other personal and professional commitments. As a result, universities need to address the adult learner student population and identify resources and opportunities for adult learners to engage with faculty and staff while getting acclimated to the campus environment. This project aims at creating an online orientation program for adult learners at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) that address the specific needs and concerns adult learners may face when enrolling in higher education. The overall intent of the program is to offer flexibility to adult learners to complete the program at a pace and platform that is best suited for them, while also allowing adult learners an opportunity to gather information on specific resources and opportunities available to them for best success in higher education.