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Colleges, Students and Employers Agree: Career Services are Vital

Posted by Jennifer Groh on Jul 26, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Topics: Adult Student Success, Trends in Higher Education, Student Expectations, Student Advising and Coaching

Earlier this month, author of “There is Life After College” and Washington Post writer Jeff Selingo shared his thoughts on how to improve campus career centers to support students’ post-graduation job prospects. Citing a 2016 Gallup study that found that 40 percent of recent graduates never visited their career centers, Selingo noted that institutions must overcome reservations many students have about the value of career services offerings.

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The Unsung Hero for Adult Students: Child Care Services

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Jul 24, 2017 10:32:24 AM

Topics: Best Practices, Student Expectations

A 2014 study (PDF) by the Institute for Women's Policy Research showed that almost five million undergraduate students—26 percent of all students—are raising children. This, Women Employed senior policy associate Sarah Labadie says, makes a recent budget proposal which would end the Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) program especially harmful for adult learners.

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University of Utah’s Degree-Plus Program Renews the Debate about what a Degree Should Provide

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Jun 9, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Topics: Workforce Development, Trends in Higher Education, Student Expectations

From Inside Higher Ed comes news about a unique new program at the University of Utah that’s sure to continue the long running debate about liberal arts education and the role of higher education in preparing students for jobs.

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New York to Offer Free Tuition to More than 900,000 Families

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Apr 11, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Topics: Trends in Higher Education, Student Expectations

The push to increase access to higher education opportunities is gaining steam as New York joins Tennessee and other states in offering free or discounted tuition to college. Announced last weekend, the deal will allow qualifying students—those from families with annual incomes $125,000 or less—to attend State University of New York (SUNY) and City University of New York (CUNY) systems at no cost.   

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University of Akron Students Give a Look at the Nontraditional Student Experience

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Apr 10, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Topics: Student Expectations, Adult Learning, Student Advising and Coaching

Nontraditional students have a lot to gain by receiving a post-secondary degree or credential. As we all know, however, those same students face a number of unique challenges as they pursue their academic goals—challenges that, if unmet, could slow or even halt their progress entirely.

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A New Study Shows Why You Shouldn’t Discount the Associate Degree

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Mar 29, 2017 2:32:11 PM

Topics: Trends in Higher Education, Student Expectations

The associate degree is something of an unsung hero in the world of higher education. Often seen as merely a stepping stone to a more advanced degree, the value of an associate degree as a standalone qualification worth pursuing has come into question.

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Survey Says: The Realities Facing Adults Returning to College (and how Business Are Adapting to Meet them)

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Mar 8, 2017 3:10:45 PM

Topics: Student Expectations, Adult Learning Success

If you were asked to name the number one barrier standing in the way of an adult returning to school to complete a higher education degree, which one would you name?

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As Colleges Cut Services, Adult Students Suffer

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Dec 2, 2016 3:54:43 PM

Topics: Adult Student Success, Student Expectations, Adult Learning Success

In a time when the importance of supporting our nation’s adult learners has never been clearer, The Hechinger Report shares news of service cuts that could undermine efforts to encourage adult degree completion.

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Five Changes Adult Learning Advocates Have to be Thankful for This Year

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Nov 22, 2016 4:06:53 PM

Topics: Trends in Higher Education, Student Expectations, Adult Learning Success

As 2016 draws to a close and sights are set on what promises to be a transformational 2017, it’s fitting that we look ahead to see the shape the adult learner experience will take. However, if what’s past is prologue, we should first look at how the environment supporting the adult learner has changed this year to better inform our beliefs about the changes to come. Thankfully, it’s fair to say that many such changes that came about this year were positive ones.

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‘New Normal’ Students See Unique Challenges, Opportunities

Posted by Brian Sorenson on Oct 14, 2016 12:20:39 PM

Topics: Adult Student Success, Trends in Higher Education, Student Expectations

It’s been clear for some time that today’s so-called “traditional” student is not the traditional student of yesteryear. Recently, NPR further challenged the status quo of what today’s students really look like, taking a look at a group of students who represent the “new normal.” As the article notes, ridding ourselves of the notion of the non-traditional student is useful for more than just semantics purposes. By recognizing that today’s students are more likely to be older, institutions can implement policies that reflect the realities that older students face.   

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