Denise, this is great. Thank you for posting. The financial aid system really inhibits adult students from keeping any kind of a safety net for their children (or their parents, and many adult students also care for and are responsible for their parents). How could financial aid be modeled for adult learners who have financial obligations that they meet responsibly, but consider that they still need the financial support to go to school full or part time?
Thank you for posting Fran. Institutions of higher education can benefit from the life experiences of a self-made author, so how might we make a higher ed. model for students who have achieved success they can bring back and build on with the university system?
Denise, I like the idea that a student could fulfill degree requirements while following a congruent sort of path that kept their interest, with the example of a granting writing proposal class fulfilling an English course. I like the kind of thinking that is done when 'substitutions' become a customized norm, and what is required becomes more like something you elect.
I was trying to think up some examples for a standard Sociology major:
Maybe a Statistics and Data Modeling Class for an Intro to Stats req? Research Methods in Communities of Color for Research Methods req? Independent Study of Samuel Delany for Creating Writing?