The Edge: What Adult Students Need Now

Undergraduate enrollment continues to fall, but the most notable demographic data point in this trend is that we’re seeing the biggest decline among students ages 25 to 29. From the fall of 2019 to this fall, that age group’s enrollment has dropped by about 12 percent, nearly twice the overall drop.

Given that, it seemed like the right time to check in with the leaders of two national organizations devoted to helping older students — Earl Buford, president of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, and Sallie Glickman, co-founder of the Graduate! Network — to hear what they view as the highest priorities right now for policy and practice.

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