Education Level: Adult Learners

Overview

Adult Learners

It’s never too late to earn a credential, finish a degree, or add new skills. Students of any age improve their quality of life with more education, and communities prosper with a well-educated workforce.

Challenge 2020 Goal

Increasing percentages of adults without high school or postsecondary credentials will pursue opportunities to earn them.

Publication June 201612 pages(16E06)

Challenge to Lead Goals for Education: Refreshed 2020

The Challenge to Lead 2020 Goals for Education: Refreshed 2020 offers six critical goals. They were designed to help SREB state leaders connect measures of student achievement to essential state policies. Each goal includes background information and the steps states need to take to meet each goal in the years ahead.

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Blog post September 2015 Commission meeting

Part-Time Students = 38% of Undergrads
Affordability Commission focuses on needs of adult and part-time students

Part-time college students made up 38 percent of undergraduates in SREB states by 2013. Many part-time students work to pay their living expenses as well as tuition, and the more hours they work, the longer it takes them to finish, on average. Part-timers are eligible for less financial aid, and they tend to file later, missing early deadlines.

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Who is the Adult Learner?

Adult learners are a diverse group – typically age 25 and older –  with a wide range of educational and cultural backgrounds, adult responsibilities and job experiences. They typically do not follow the traditional pattern of enrolling in postsecondary education immediately after high school.

Publication 201226 pages(12E05)

SREB Goals for Education
Challenge to Lead 2020

Organized to address every major point in the education pipeline, the six goals are designed to help state leaders link outcomes to state policies that can make them happen. Each goal is outlined in detail, including  steps states need to take to meet that goal in the years ahead.

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Resources for Adult Learners

Do you want to start or resume your college education, find courses and programs that fit your schedule, or satisfy a job requirement? Websites with education resources for the adult learner: