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What makes stopped-out students more likely to return to college?

  • Former college students who left before they completed their degrees said free or low-cost tuition, flexible schedules and guaranteed job placements would increase the likelihood of them reenrolling, according to a recent survey.
  • The Lumina Foundation, Strada Education Network and Gallup surveyed more than 40,000 stopped-out students, who cited difficulty balancing work and school obligations, financial pressures and life events among their top reasons for leaving college.
  • The report's authors urge college leaders and state policymakers to make it easier for adults to complete college coursework while working, as well as to improve their academic and career advising services.

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Other institutions are spinning up their own solutions to bring back students. They may forgive student debt or waive course fees.

Despite some of these trends, part-time and adult students still aren't "receiving the support they need to succeed as learners," Marie Cini, president for the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, wrote in an op-ed for Education Dive this fall. She recommends colleges develop more short-term and flexible courses that students can fit into "an already busy life."

Read more at Education Dive.

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