Neither the 2002 HLC Reaffirmation of Accreditation Visit Team nor the 2006 Focused Visit Team expressed concerns that pertain to this criterion. They did, however, make Topical Area suggestions based on the request that they “provide suggestions and recommendations regarding the recruitment and retention of adult learners” (p. 3). Each of the team’s recommendations was given consideration. After further study, some of the suggestions were not feasible (History):
- Although the river provides a backdrop for activities, offering canoe or kayak courses would disproportionately increase insurance liability.
- Programming for senior citizens is provided by other service agencies at lower cost. The college continues to promote use of the fitness center and provide tuition waivers.
- Programming for youth has been restructured to provide only those opportunities that are not available from other area service organizations.
- Adult education offerings have been offered both on-campus and off-campus; experimentation has shown that both options have value, depending on enrollments.
Based on the team’s advice, Sauk was able to benefit from the following actions:
- Increasing its participation in community groups that address adult learners, including an Adult Education Planning Area Council and the local organization, Trabajando Juntos.
- Translating an array of promotional materials into Spanish and incorporating translation functions into the website.
- Creating marketing campaigns for Adult Ed services that included information to local churches and social organizations.
- Placing an electronic marquee at the entrance in 2005 to promote a range of activities and community opportunities.
- Making the college grounds more available for community use.