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

Posted by Brian Sorenson

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

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

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

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

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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Rating College Rankings

Posted by Brian Sorenson

Topics: Adult Student Success, Student Expectations, Assessment

‘Tis the season for college rankings and NPR recently added their thoughts to the conversation. Longtime college rankings such as those provided by U.S. News & World Report and the Princeton Review, recently joined by rankings from the likes of the U.S. Department of Education, have become students’ go-to sources for help determining the right school for them. But, as NPR notes, the ranking systems have flaws when assessed under an evolving understanding of what a college education can bring to the table.

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How San Jose University is Tackling Their Dropout Problem

Posted by Lena Foote

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

“Your college years are the most amazing years of your life! Take advantage of everything your college offers.” This is a statement that many college students hear before, during, and possibly after, their college years. While this statement can generate a lot of positive reassurance, unfortunately many students can say the exact opposite...resulting in students completely dropping out of college. A recent National Public Radio article titled, “How to Fix a Graduation Rate of 1 in 10? Ask the Dropouts,” revealed that just 10 percent of San Jose State University students graduate in four years. San Jose State University decided that something had to change, and went straight to the source to ask why all the dropouts?

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The Changing Landscape of Higher Education

Posted by Beth Doyle

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

Not so many years ago, college campuses were dominated by students aged 18 to 22 who enrolled right after high-school graduation. Students pursuing advanced degrees were few in number and only slightly older.

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How Students Choose

Posted by Scott Campbell

Topics: Adult Student Success, Best Practices, Student Expectations

By 2018, it’s predicted that 63 percent of all jobs will require a degree.

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What Adult Students Need For Success

Posted by Scott Campbell

Topics: Adult Student Success, Best Practices, Student Expectations, Adult Learning, Assessment

The image of a college student in a dorm on campus living an active social life, with expenses and health insurance covered by the parents, is outdated. Today's student is more likely to be over 25 with a full-time job and a family to support. As a matter of fact, most have been working a decade or more, and many have enrolled to further their careers after having not been in a classroom for years. Many have a lengthy commute from workplace to campus to home.

Colleges, universities and vocational/technical schools are still adjusting to this influx of adult students, and employers are still struggling to balance business goals with the need for employees with enhanced skills. Meanwhile, non-traditional students often must overcome challenges that traditional students do not; they must balance work life, family commitments and school life. If they are to succeed, they need special considerations, for example:

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