Interim Charge 1 reads:

Adult Learner Students: Examine existing innovative programs in higher education institutions that assist non- traditional students in completing a degree or credential, including first-time adult learners, re-enrolling students, first-generation students, working adults, and at-risk students. Provide recommendations on methods the state can use to partner with higher education institutions to expand successful programs throughout the state.

Non-traditional students, in particular, could benefit from three reforms to the higher education system:

  1. Returned-value funding model.
  2. Competency-based education (CBE).
  3. Community and technical colleges can play a vitally important role in helping adult learners discover and cultivate their gifts and talents.