Designing College Programs for Adult Learners

Research, guides, and resources to help you align curriculum with career pathways for adult learners.

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Non-traditional students are the new normal

The high school graduate pipeline is slowing to a trickle. A rapidly evolving economy is amplifying the need for life-long learning and upskilling. And 96 million U.S. adults have completed high school but still lack a college degree.

Are you ready to provide the market-aligned programs these learners need?

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Moving Up and Moving Forward

Lightcast's analysis of over 125 million social profile records, we find that adults who return to higher education see a: 140% larger increase in average annual salary than those who do not go back to school — and their upward mobility is 22% greater.

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Adult Learner Program Research Worksheet

A fillable PDF and accompanying on-demand webinar to help organize and guide research into program opportunities geared towards working adults.

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Educate to Enroll White Paper

Learn five tactics for engaging today's career-focused learners, including real-world examples from peer institutions.

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