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Adult Learners Today: Agents of Irrevocable Change 2007 Hendrick Best Practices for Adult Learners Conference The Pennsylvania State University May 7, 2007 Susan Porter Robinson Vice President, Lifelong Learning American Council on Education
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2007 Hendrick Best Practices
for Adult Learners Conference
The Pennsylvania State University
May 7, 2007
Susan Porter Robinson
Vice President, Lifelong Learning
American Council on Education
-Lee Bash, Adult Learners in the Academy
Fall Enrollment by Student Age
*Source: National Center for Education Statistics, Fall Enrollment Survey, June 2006
Highest Level of Educational Attainment
*Source: National Center for Education Statistics, Trends in Educational Equity of Girls and Women, 2004
Participation in College or University Degree or Certificate Programs (Part-Time)
*Source: Boeke, Marianne, and Karen Paulson, “Adult Learners in the United States: A National Profile,” Informed Practice, American Council on Education, 2006
Percentage of undergraduates 25 and older
*Source: American Council on Education, College Students Today: A National Portrait,
on the Economy
*Source: The 2007 State New Economy Index, February 2007
Will Be Needed?
55 million job openings are projected to be filled between 2004-2014
*Source: Occupation Outlook Quarterly, Fall 2006
Fastest growing “Pure College” Occupations
*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Quarterly, Winter 2005-06
*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupation Outlook Quarterly, Winter 2005-06
*Source: Merrill Lynch, “New Retirement Survey,” February 2005
*Source: National Center for Education Statistics, August 2005
Employer Educational Assistance
*Source: Masie, Elliott. “Learning TRENDS 400,” September 2006
*Source: DeVeux, Paul. “Life at Corporate U.,” February 2001
*Source: Masie, Elliot. Learning 2006, November 2006
*Source: Peter Stokes, Eduventures, Presentation, Presidents’ Forum of Excelsior College, March 28, 2006
The Growth of Online Learners
Over 3.2 million students are taking at least one online course.
*Source: The Sloan Consortium, Making the Grade: Online Education in the United States, 2006
Learning objects to “chunk” education and separate content into smaller parts.
Multimedia Educational Resource for
Learning & Online Teaching
▪ Time ▪ Money ▪ Level of IT Skills
*Source: Department of Defense, February 2007. http://siadapp.dior.whs.mil/personnel/MILITARY/rg0702.pdf
**Source: Department of Veterans Affairs, 2004. http://www1.va.gov/directory/guide/facility.asp?ID=2000
*Source: NCES, “Postsecondary Rates by Sex and Race/Ethnicity 1974-2003,” 2005
**Source: “Distance Education: Growth in Distance Education Programs and Implications
for Federal Education Policy,” GAO, 2002
However, growth in Spanish Internet use
*Source: Nielsen/NetRatings report, 2004