Reports: Trends & Statistics on Returning to School
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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
2006 report details the reasons millions of adults ages
25-60 are going back to college as well as the obstacles
Access for the Working Poor: Overcoming Burdens to Succeed
in Higher Edcuation.
Special report from from the Institute for Higher Education
Policy regarding the challenges of the working poor
in financing a college education.
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.
After Forty: A New Portrait of Today's - and Tomorrow's
- Postsecondary Students.
This report paints a new portrait of this changing student
in College Pricing (2005).
The College Board's Annual Survey of Colleges provides
information on tuition and other expenses associated
with attending public and private insitutions in the
of Labor Statistic 2000-2010 Employment Projections.
Bureau of Labor Statistics projections on expected future
job growth by industry and occupation.
Report on the rising costs of college textbooks by CALPIRG.
Income Adult College Students.
This special report from the American Council on Education
and the Lumina Foundation presents key information on
low-income adult college students in the United States.
Included are background characteristics, academic profiles,
and special challenges faced by low-income adult students,
contrasting their situations with those of traditional
students and other adults.
This special study illustrates the value of a college
degree. See also The
Value of a College Degree as well as Education
Pays 2004, and the 2005
Burden of Student Loan Borrowing.
As college costs continue rising, students are increasingly
carrying high levels of debt to finance their education.
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.
lessons (Winter 2005).
Special report from the Lumina Foundation. Nontraditional
students are becoming the norm as adults seek postsecondary
education in growing numbers.
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.