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The Impact of COVID-19 on the Adult Student Learner:
The Good & The Bad


September 24 at 1 p.m. Central Time
(2 p.m. eastern time | 11 a.m. pacific time)


COVID-19 is an unprecedented global event that is impacting all learners in a variety of ways, with more than 4 million Americans who have confirmed cases, nearly 50 million U.S workers who have filed for unemployment, and 55 million school age kids now learning at home.

For many non-traditional Adult students who are facing increased obstacles and are already managing responsibilities such as working full-time jobs (or unemployment) and acting as a caregiver for children or parents, the addition of a pandemic can be overwhelming.

Covid-19 has prompted educational leaders to listen carefully and respond to the needs of the Adult students they serve more than ever before. Institutions across the country have gone above and beyond to support these students, their families, and staff with internet access, social-emotional well-being, and in some cases even financial assistance.

Since the outbreak there have been many white papers and reports exploring how COVID-19 has disrupted the traditional college student experience, but it's important to remember that not all learners fit into the same box.

In this webinar we will explore the negative and positive impacts of COVID-19 on Adult learners and how your institution can best support these students to ensure they can achieve their academic goals and advance their careers.

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Jon Caines
Chief Creator of Opportunity

Dr. Marshall Anthony Jr.
Senior Policy Analyst at the Center for American Progress

About the Presenters

Jon Caines

Chief Creator of Opportunity
Jon Caines works collaboratively with leadership, administrators, staff, and faculty at higher education institutions across the country to identify problems and provide strategic technological solutions. In his role, he manages all aspects related to business development, sales and marketing of our specialized software products. As Chief Creator of Opportunity, Mr. Caines is responsible for growing the company’s enterprise and developing lasting strategic partnerships. A proven “mover and shaker,” Mr. Caines provides top-notch customer service while helping to advance the technology of his clients. With over 6 years of experience under his belt, Mr. Caines effectively communicates even the most technical software jargon at an understandable and relatable level. Mr. Caines knows what it’s like to be immersed in higher education, earning a B.A. in International Studies with a minor in philosophy and economics at Fairfield University. Working directly with stakeholders on college campuses, Jon gets up close and personal with the processes surrounding enrollment, advising, retention and degree completion which are all critical components for Stopped-Out students.


Dr. Marshall Anthony Jr.

Senior Policy Analyst at the Center for American Progress

Dr. Marshall Anthony Jr. is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Center for American Progress (CAP), where he advances the think tank’s postsecondary education policy priorities on equity, affordability, and attainment. Marshall’s personal and professional mission is to improve the educational and socioeconomic mobility of traditionally underrepresented communities. Dr. Anthony has published for various public, policy, and academic audiences. His work has been featured in places like About Campus, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Education Dive, Politico, RealClearEducation, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and The Hechinger Report. Before joining CAP, Dr. Anthony worked at The Education Trust as a Higher Education Research Analyst. During his doctoral studies, Marshall was a Florida Gubernatorial Fellow of Class XIV at the Florida Department of Education in the Division of Florida Colleges, and he also served as a Graduate Research Assistant and Instructor at Florida State University in the inaugural Leadership Learning Research Center. A native of Greensboro, North Carolina, Marshall holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education (Public Policy) from the Florida State University. He also earned a master’s degree, a graduate certificate, a bachelor’s degree, and two minors from North Carolina State University at Raleigh.

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