Adult Learning and Shocker Pathway

Adult Learning

Whether finishing a degree, changing course to another option or beginning a new path, the Office of Adult Learning is here to help every step of the way. With services for adult learners, transfer, active duty military, veterans and returning students, and offering classes at a variety of days and times, WSU has the tools to help adults succeed.

Wichita State recognizes that returning adults face a different set of challenges than traditional students when it comes to completing a degree. WSU is here to ensure that returning adults no longer need to sacrifice their other commitments in order to fulfill their academic goals.

In the capacity of serving active duty military and veterans, the director of Adult Learning serves as the point of contact (POC) for inquiries pursuant to the Department of Defense Memorandum of Understanding.

The Office of Adult Learning is located on the main campus in the Grace Wilkie Annex for convenient access for both current and future adult students. Contact the Office of Adult Learning at 316-978-8325, or on the web (

Shocker Pathway

Starting fall 2018, students can take advantage of the new affiliation between Wichita State University and WSU Tech — formerly known as Wichita Area Technical College.

The Shocker Pathway is a partnership between WSU Tech and Wichita State University to provide a convenient and flexible way to earn an Associate of Arts (AA) from WSU. Shocker Pathway students begin their general education coursework at WSU Tech by earning up to 50 credit hours, then transitioning to WSU to earn an additional 15 credit hours for completion of the AA degree.

While the two remain separate degree-granting institutions, the formalized affiliation now allows for more collaborative possibilities, as well as increased availability and quality of opportunities for students, while directly meeting the core workforce needs of the state.