Advising Working Adults at the Graduate Level: Diversity from Pre- to Post-Graduation
This short article reviews four dimensions of diversity manifested in advising non-traditional graduate students. The dimensions are distinguished in the areas of need for guidance, cultural difference, maturity levels, and student motivation. Specific qualities required of the faculty adviser to ensure retention of these students are flexibility, motivation, patience, and empathy. The article briefly reviews various challenges advisers may encounter while advising working adults and ends with a perception of the reward enclosed in this noble task.
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