Journal of Education & Social Policy

ISSN 2375-0782 (Print) 2375-0790 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/jesp

Interventions that Universities can Undertake to Meet needs of Adult Learners through Mentoring and Academic Advising
Dr Felicity W. Githinji, Douglas G. Kihungi

The purpose of this study was to establish interventions that universities can undertake to meet the needs of adult learners through Mentoring and Academic Advising. Respondents of the study were 320 adult learners attending classes during school holidays and fourteen academic advisors. Stratified and systematic random sampling techniques were used to collect data. Data was collected using questionnaires, interviews, focus group discussions and analyzed qualitatively and quantitatively. The study findings were that universities should organize for computer classes, set time outside the semester when students meet mentors, put in place a mentorship program targeting the Institutional Based Students, Mentoring and Academic Advising to be part of the formal responsibility of all academic staff, train all lecturers in Mentoring and Academic Advising, improve modes of communication by having more communications between students and administration, have more forums with the adult learners, have Face-to-face interactions, Avail mentors’ contacts and Peer mentoring system.

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