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Deb Peterson

Go Back to School Sarah's Way

By September 22, 2009

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Sarah Lawrence College has a really wonderful way of helping adult students acclimate to returning to school. Choosing from one of four changing course offerings each semester, you attend several seminars with only 11 other adult students at 45 Wrexham, a renovated mansion on the Sarah Lawrence campus. You augment that class with individual bi-weekly conferences with teachers. As you become comfortable with fitting school into your already full life, you join the regular on-campus classes.

What do you think of this approach? Does it sound like a great idea? Or would you rather jump right into a regular class? Talk to us.


September 22, 2009 at 3:00 pm
(1) Linda says:

I would love to be in that type of environment. It would be a form of networking or better said, an official business meeting prior to the main event.

It would help you to accept the fact that you really do need some of the gadgets that young adults use and you would become intereseted in obtaining a lap top, notebook and learning how to use them.

September 23, 2009 at 8:11 am
(2) Deb says:

And you would go into the classroom knowing at least a handful of people!

September 29, 2009 at 1:52 am
(3) Roger Conner Jr says:

I was just so glad to see a small prestige liberal arts college even acknowledge there is such a thing as older non-traditional students! So many colleges ignore the large number of bright older adults who really want to learn, and not just for career purposes, but also to fulfil long held desires to really be in a culturally enriching environment. People need a way to “reconnect” to the higher goals of culture. There is a contingent of baby boomers who may have missed the opportunities earlier in life who I believe would be very open to considering smaller selected liberal arts schools to satisfy a deeper craving within them. Thank you Sarah Lawrence for your efforts to reach the adult learner!

September 29, 2009 at 1:49 pm
(4) Meagen Farrell says:

It sounds like a very interesting concept. I would like to hear more details about this program, particularly the outcomes. Are all of these non-traditional students commuters? What are these rotating courses? Do they fulfill major requirements? Has this process increased the enrollment or retention of non-traditional students? How do they determine if a student is ready to acclimate to regular on-campus classes—or could they possibly stay in this small community until graduation?

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