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Str8T@lk: Clear Answers about Today's Christianity

Systems of Excellence in Adult Higher Education
Sharon Drury, Editor and Contributor

ISBN: 978-1-931283-29-8
Softcover, 96 pages

Price per book: $18.00

Nontraditional higher education is here to stay. Key challenges for College and University administrators and faculty include how to make it work in the academy, provide for the new economy in higher education, and also meet the unique needs of adults. This brief guide hits that target by revealing the systems used in the Indiana Wesleyan University model.

The authors draw from their research and practical experience during a twenty-year quest for excellence in adult higher education. They discuss both the theories supporting adult learning and the practical ways to attract, register, serve, and graduate adult students. This quick read also includes ideas from other schools and further reading on each topic.

Learn the steps an institution can take to implement a strong program for adult learners. In the process, realize the best models used with adult students usually improve the whole institution.


One of the best resources for the development of adult educational programs on the market today. It’s assigned reading for all my leadership team as we reviewed our adult programs in light of increasing competition in the adult education market.

Dr. D. Scott Ray
Associate Vice President, Graduate and Professional Studies
LeTourneau University

Adult higher education is no longer an afterthought in the strategic planning of modern colleges and universities. Sharon Drury and the contributors to this guide know from hard-earned experience that a well designed and implemented academic program for adult learners can bring transformative opportunities to students and invigorate a traditional college campus. This publication presents the “why and how” of adult higher education – with a focus on the intentional goal of excellence.

J. Richard Ellis, Ph.D.
Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies
John Brown University

From what is arguably one of the finest adult post-secondary Christian institutions in the United States, this work validates adult learning theory and best practices in adult education programs. It lays out a framework for success for the entry level adult educator, and is a must read for anyone interested in the field of adult higher education.

Colleen Ramos
Vice President of Adult and Professional Studies
Atlanta Christian College

This book is a must read for academic leaders regarding emerging trends in higher education and adult programs. It eloquently identifies key strategies to ensure quality in adult programs. What a model!

Dr. Mark A. Smith
Ohio Christian University


  1. Introduction by Dr. Bradford Sample
  2. Foundations for Adult Programs in Higher Education
  3. Who are the Adult Learners Today?
  4. Administration of Adult Programs
  5. Faculty Recruitment and Development
  6. Curriculum Development for Adult Learners
  7. Innovative Systems in Student Services
  8. Marketing Adult Programs
  9. Financing Adult Learners
  10. Assessment of Adult Programs


Jan Asnicar Jerry Shepherd
Sharon Drury Mark Smith
Tom Griffin Howard Thomas
Audrey Hahn Cynthia Tweedell
Bradford Sample David Wright

Sharon Drury
Editor and Contributor
Professor of Graduate Studies in Leadership
Indiana Wesleyan University
B.S. M.S. Indiana Wesleyan University
Ph.D. Regent University

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