Kristen L. Becker has a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Master’s in Business Administration from Kansas Wesleyan University, a Master’s of Library Science from Emporia State University, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of the Cumberlands. Focusing her career on library services as both a public and academic library director, Dr. Becker now serves as an Asst. Professor in the School of Library and Information Studies at Texas Woman’s University. Her research focuses on the impact of administration, leadership, and policy on stakeholders.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, adult learners are students who are 25 years of age or older and currently represent approximately half of all college and university students. A report from the Lumina Foundation found more than 25% of undergraduate students are raising a child and approximately 58% are working while enrolled in college or university. Adult learners often enroll in college or university in order to change careers or earn new skills to further their established careers. Often adult learners will have to balance multiple competing priorities while navigating the learning process, such as a career, family, military service, and other circumstances.
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