Advisers have heard it all. While schools are making it more convenient than ever for adults to return to college many would-be students have a prepared list of roadblocks -- some realistic, some not -- that are holding them back. Administrators respond to five of the most common myths many adults have about returning to school. The average age of students in Benedictine University's adult undergraduate programs is 38 years old.
Why I Work So Hard for Returning Adult Students - Higher Learning Advocates
In each presentation, I frame the issue by talking about workforce needs, postsecondary attainment goals and the imperative to attract and graduate many more adult students to make that math work. And did I mention that in many states, demographic shifts show the high school pipeline shrinking, creating significant implications for enrollment? Now, exit analytical Sarah. There is a much more fundamental reason I care so deeply about returning adult students and how colleges serve them. This work, to me, is about strengthening families. Yes, through better income and job stability, but it goes beyond that. As we raise our children, they watch our actions and strive to picture themselves in our shoes.
There are a number of trends changing the way students approach their college education and the way colleges and universities provide their education. One of the significant trend facing higher education is the increasing number of adult students returning to college to complete their degrees, earn degrees for the first time, or earn graduate degrees for career advancement. Adult students, also called nontraditional or returning students , are very different than their younger counterparts.
Increase degree attainment by inviting adult learners back to complete their education, providing a redesigned system that offers accelerated courses, year-round enrollment and predictable schedules that fit their busy lives. Give credit for prior learning and experience and additional support to help students navigate the system. The attainment goals set by state and national leaders cannot be met unless significantly more adults and other nontraditional students return to higher education and complete a degree or credential. Unfortunately, these students have been asked to choose between making life-altering sacrifices to attend full time or attending part time with greater long-term costs and a much lower chance of ever graduating.