Adult Learner Inventory™

Learn how satisfied your adult students are and what's most important to them
Adult Learner Inventory

The Adult Learner Inventory is an ideal satisfaction assessment for adult students completing undergraduate programs. It is a web-based survey that shows how satisfied your students are, and what's most important to them. This combination helps you pinpoint both your institution's strengths and areas for improvement.

See samples of the inventory for Four-year colleges and universities
and for Community colleges. Also, see samples of the resulting reports at right.

The survey is based on the Principles of Effectiveness for Serving Adult Learners from CAEL (Council for Adult and Experiential Learning). The survey items contribute to the eight scales based on these principles:

  • Outreach
  • Life and Career Planning
  • Financing
  • Assessment of Learning Outcomes
  • Teaching-Learning Process
  • Student Support Systems
  • Technology
  • Transitions

As with all the Ruffalo Noel Levitz Satisfaction-Priorities Surveys, you also receive national satisfaction data with the Adult Learner Inventory.

(For graduate students, continuing education students, and evening/weekend learners at other types of institutions, use the Adult Student Priorities Survey instead.)

Part of the ALFI program

The Adult Learner Inventory is one component of CAEL's Adult Learning Focused Institution (ALFI) Coalition. Along with the Institutional Self-Assessment Survey, this inventory helps institutions serve adult students more effectively.

Implementation guidelines

Learn how to administer the Adult Learner Inventory by reading these implementation guidelines (PDF).

See samples

The Adult Learner Inventory is available in two versions. Click to see HTML samples of each, and click on the report samples below to see the kinds of data you receive.

ALI samples

ALI sample reports

Optional report samples

Related research

Read the Adult Learner Reports to learn about the satisfaction and priorities of thousands of adult students in undergraduate programs.

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