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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
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
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