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East Tennessee State University

Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion may involve anything from choosing course materials that represent diverse perspectives to designing your course for optimal accessibility.  The resources below may be helpful as you seek to build courses that help increase the cultural competency of your students, build students' ability to engage in civil discourse and provide universal access to your course content.  


Adult Learners

From the Adult Commuter and Transfer Services webpage:

Adult Students comprise about 20% of the total Undergraduate Student population on ETSU's campus. Our Adult Students include First-Time Attendance, Re-Admits, and Transfer Students. Adult students can face challenges that some younger students don't, such as balancing work and family responsibilities. 

Dr. Stephen Frye

With support from the Adult Learner Initiative, the CTE hosted Dr. Stephen Frye of Tennessee Tech University for a workshop on Adult Learners where he introduced these adult learning principles and facilitated these scenarios with participants.

Adult Learning Principles (Andragogy and Beyond) 

1. Adult learners possess an extensive and valuable amount of life experience, and bring that to the learning situation.

2. Adult learners have a need to make meaningful connections of what they are learning. 

3. Choice is an essential component for adult learners. 

4. Adult learners need to know why they should learn something.

5. Adult learners need to apply what they learn to life/family/work. 

6. Motivation to learn tends to move toward more intrinsic than extrinsic motivation.

(Inspired by Malcolm Knowles, Ralph Brockett, Jack Mezirow, Peter Jarvis, Knud Illeris)

Adult Learning Principles (Andragogy and Beyond)(pdf)

Adult Learning Scenarios (pdf)

Dr. Frye's Presentation slides

6 Tips for Teaching Based on Principles of Adult Learning Theory

Resources & Support for Adult Students at ETSU

Adult Learner Initiative at ETSU

First-Generation College Students

These resources are designed to help ETSU faculty learn more about the strengths of first generation college students, the rewards of working with this unique population, and the challenges that may accompany working with students whose families have limited experience with university life and culture.

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The CTE hosted a workshop on teaching first generation college students in April 2018. Dr. Michelle Hurley and Meagan Stark presented seven principles for helping first-generation college students succeed.

1. Encouraging contact between student and faculty

2. Encouraging cooperation among students

3. Encouraging active learning

4. Providing prompt feedback

5. Emphasizing time on task

6. Communicating high expectations

7. Respecting diverse talents and ways of learning

See the workshop slides for more details.

ETSU Trio Student Support Services

ETSU Ronald McNair Program

Other helpful resources:

Culturally Responsive (Sustaining) Teaching of 1st Generation College Student by Benikia Kressler

Promoting Instructional Success for First-Generation Students (from UC Davis)

Teaching First-Generation College Students by Ben Galina

 Diversity & Inclusion on the CTE Resource Center 

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