Adult Student Research Collaboration

Adult Student Research Collaboration: Scholarship about & with NCCU’s adult learners

The Adult Student Research Collaboration at North Carolina Central University is an interdisciplinary faculty-student collaborative founded by Collie Fulford, associate professor of English composition and rhetoric, and Stefanie Frigo, associate professor of linguistics and program coordinator for Interdisciplinary Studies. 


The aims of this initiative include:

  • advancing research about adult nontraditional students at a historically black university so that knowledge from this underrepresented group can inform and transform scholarship, practice, and policy
  • increasing adult students’ access to the high-impact practice of mentored research because this population is only half as likely as their younger peers to have this experience
  • consulting with Adult Learners Student Organization about future research

Featured work: 2020 HBCU Counterstories

The team gathered popular media about college students including news, entertainment, university-generated content, and social media to determine to what extent adult students and HBCUs are visible in the public imagination. We also analyzed data from the 2018 Learning from Adult Learners study to illuminate adult students’ stories.  See Our Research for all projects. 

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