Reports: Trends & Statistics on Returning to School
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Framing New Terrain: Older Adults and Higher Education.
2007 report from the American Council on Education (ACE)
and the Metlife Foundation shows increasing numbers
of older adults going back to college, seeking new careers
or starting new businesses, and fulfilling lifelong
Adult students are becoming the new majority on college
campuses, but many struggle with language barriers or
may not be academically prepared for college curriculum.
This 2007 report from the Lumina Foundation shows how
adult student success in college is key to America's
College Access for the Working Poor: Overcoming Burdens to Succeed in Higher Education.
Special report from from the Institute for Higher Education
Policy regarding the challenges of the working poor
in financing a college education.
Making the Grade: Online Education in the United States, 2006.
Report by the Sloan Foundation on the state of online
education. Examines responses from more than 2,200 colleges
and universities on important issues.
Life After Forty: A New Portrait of Today's - and Tomorrow's - Postsecondary Students.
This report paints a new portrait of this changing student
Trends in College Pricing (2013).
The College Board's Annual Survey of Colleges provides
information on tuition and other expenses associated
with attending public and private insitutions in the
Textbooks for the 21st Century.
A guide to free and low cost textbooks.
College Affordability for Low Income Adults.
Improving returns on investment for families and society. From the Lumina Foundation.
This special study illustrates the value of a college
degree. See also Education
Burden of Student Loan Borrowing.
As college costs continue rising, students are increasingly
carrying high levels of debt to finance their education.
See Debts and Decisions: Student Loans and Their Relationship to Graduate School and Career Choice for an analysis
on how student loan debt impacts post-baccalaureate
educational and career choices.
in the Fast Lane: Adult Learners' Persistence and Success
in Accelerated College Programs.
Presented by the Lumina Foundation. A comparison of
the success rates of adult students in accelerated and
traditional college programs.