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Continuing Education

MOOCs and Lifelong Learners

Jonathan Haber | Posted 02.11.2014 | Education
Jonathan Haber

An argument asks why schools and investors should be sinking millions into creating MOOCs that we all know just benefit older, educated, professional (and by implication well-off, middle-class) lifelong learners who already have so much.

Why the Current Conversation About Higher Ed Misses the Majority

Jayson Boyers | Posted 12.23.2013 | College
Jayson Boyers

By changing the course of the conversation -- by taking a more complex look at what today's college student actually looks like and what students need -- we can change the way education is viewed, delivered, and received.

Opening Doors

Lee D. Lambert | Posted 11.13.2013 | College
Lee D. Lambert

It is essential for adult education and community colleges to partner to provide clear articulation paths, and for adult education courses to prepare students for college or careers without the need for remediation.

Re-Thinking Orientation for Veteran Students on our Campuses

Karen Gross | Posted 11.12.2013 | College
Karen Gross

As we see these new students enrolling at our campuses, we need to pause and reflect on how to help them more successfully "crosswalk" from war to work, from military life to a residential campus.

As the Spirit Moves Me

Jay Halfond | Posted 10.30.2013 | College
Jay Halfond

This is the first time in more than a half century when I am not planning a return to school after Labor Day. I don't need to get a new lunch box, wardrobe, or haircut, or face the annual apprehension about the challenges that lie ahead.

Engineering an Expansion of the College Pipeline

Molly Corbett Broad | Posted 09.17.2013 | College
Molly Corbett Broad

Only 42 percent of the U.S. population between 25 and 64 years of age hold an associate degree or higher. It is crucial to find more ways to help the millions of adults who lack a degree.

The High Cost of a College Education? It's More Than You Think

Lori Sokol | Posted 09.10.2013 | Impact
Lori Sokol

As both primary caregiver and lower-wage worker, mature women face greater obstacles to earning a college degree, and thereby miss out on opportunities to increase their income.

Coursera Announces New Continuing Education Options For Teachers

AP | JUSTIN POPE | Posted 05.01.2013 | College

-- A leading platform for the popular "massive open online courses" offered by elite universities is moving into a new realm: the expansive field of ...

Hanging on to Your 'Joie de Vivre'

Carol E Wyer | Posted 05.29.2013 | Fifty
Carol E Wyer

Many people believe that continuing education can improve physical and mental health. I am firmly of that opinion. I can certainly attest to the benefits of taking up a hobby, an activity or learning a new skill at any age.

Like to Paint? Like to Travel? Combine the Two in an Art Workshop

Daniel Grant | Posted 05.14.2013 | Arts
Daniel Grant

Art workshops are a hybrid form of instruction somewhere between hands-on art schools and home-study video cassettes. They provide an intense art experience, but for a relatively short period of time that may be easier for busy people to schedule.

Why Student Success Is Critical to America

Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr. | Posted 04.03.2013 | College
Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr.

Student access continues as a high priority in American higher education. But it now has a twin goal: student success.

The Nightmare of Achieving Accuracy in Student Attrition Studies

Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr. | Posted 01.15.2013 | College
Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr.

When it comes to identifying how well an institution is doing on student success, even the most basic data element is difficult to define. Indeed, how does one define "student?"

Four Steps to Help Adult Students Stay in School

Dr. Tracey Wilen-Daugenti | Posted 01.15.2013 | College
Dr. Tracey Wilen-Daugenti

How can adult students safeguard their college success? A good place to start is by understanding the common reasons why many students drop out of college, and then taking precautions to address them.

Four Ways Higher Education Can Close the Skills Gap

Dr. Tracey Wilen-Daugenti | Posted 11.19.2012 | College
Dr. Tracey Wilen-Daugenti

As thought leaders, the higher education community must stay ahead of the curve to prepare a workforce that will be globally competitive and equipped to meet the challenges of an unpredictable future.

The Art of Going Back to School (When You're...Older)

Maria Rodale | Posted 10.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Maya Rodale, writer of historical tales of true love and adventure At the age of--well, never mind that--I have gone back to school....

The Antics of a Non-Traditional Student

Bianca Strzalkowski | Posted 10.17.2012 | Impact
Bianca Strzalkowski

The greatest part of being an American is that there is no barrier to when you redefine yourself. So, at 32, it seems like a perfect time to master this college thing.

Online Courses: The Perpetual Student

Tom Teicholz | Posted 10.14.2012 | Education
Tom Teicholz

Universities around the world are taking their courses online in ways that may disrupt our notions of how and what we learn, who learns what, what we pay for education and even the value of a specific college degree.

Encouraging Adult College Completion

Noël Harmon | Posted 09.17.2012 | College
Noël Harmon

There has been a strong focus in recent years to increase the number of adults who earn a postsecondary degree and among them, a special interest in adults who already have some college or credential.

Motivated By Tragedy, 52-Year-OId Dropout Graduates With Honors From UCLA

Huff/Post50 | Anthonia Akitunde | Posted 08.10.2012 | Fifty

Later when I brought up the school’s admission page, all I saw was “Congratulations.” I ran into the room I was about to teach in and I told my students ... tears started rolling down my face.

Training The Next Generation Of Skilled Tradespersons

Stephen A. Shelton | Posted 08.21.2012 | Impact
Stephen A. Shelton

We are currently in need of the next generation of tradespersons. With the nation's current unemployment rate above 8 percent, there is an opportunity to start training a qualified workforce for the recovery of our economy.

Beyond Information Transfer: An Initiation Into Lifelong Learning

Michael Roth | Posted 07.04.2012 | College
Michael Roth

Our campuses should be places where diversity leads to learning as students come to see differences among people as a deep resource for solving problems and seeking opportunities. Online education can complement this educational environment. But it does not replace the need for it.

For A Stroke Survivor, An Unexpected First Day Of School

Myra Demeter | Posted 06.30.2012 | Fifty
Myra Demeter

Before Dan's first day of school, we checked the bus schedule a million times. He chose his clothes the night before and prepared the items in his new messenger bag. As the bus pulled away, I got a reassuring smile from the bus driver. Was the twinge in my stomach so obvious?

'Going Back to College at 60 Was the Best Thing I've Ever Done'

Michele Willens | Posted 05.23.2012 | Fifty
Michele Willens

When I decided to return to college at 60, most of my friends had two reactions: "I wish I could go back and enjoy it more this time," closely followed by, "I can't remember anything anymore!"

Why We Marched in Sacramento

Chucho Mendoza | Posted 05.07.2012 | College
Chucho Mendoza

The headline in this week's news, "Harvard Now Cheaper Than Cal State," may have shocked many across the country. But for California's families and students, it reflects the reality of millions who have struggled for years with the rising cost of higher education.

Euclid Again

Lynne Bundesen | Posted 04.09.2012 | Education
Lynne Bundesen

I could be swimming, or doing my grocery shopping or lunching with friends. But no, I am facing a blackboard of propositions designed in 300 BC.