Academic or Outside? Adult Student Affordability and Education

Academic or Outside? Adult Student Affordability and Education

Academic or Outside? Adult Student Affordability and Education

As the number of adult learners steadily increases, these students and their professional faculty and staff often face the dilemma of finding the skills, support, and academic infrastructure necessary to enable their educational progress. As a Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP) Policy Fellow, Anya Kamenetz explores these issues in a new paper for The Conference Board.

Kamenetz, a contributing writer for Money, reports that adult students across disciplines experience variations in their relationships with higher education institutions, ranging from comfort to instability. The economic reasons for this variation in relationship—whether learning preferences and barriers or institutional responses—are not clear. Instead, Kamenetz suggests a series of questions educators may want to ask themselves to understand the kinds of support adult learners might find helpful. These questions are based on sample surveys of adult learners and their professionals.

Kamenetz describes five possible approaches for pursuing higher education in addition to traditional approaches.

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