Report says higher education not designed with non-traditional students in mind

Online Christian colleges and universities provide a lifeline for many adults returning to the education system. As experts predict uncertain economic recovery over the next year, some adults and non-traditional students are returning to academia to improve their job prospects. However, according to a new report published by The Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance, the higher education landscape needs to change to adapt to the needs of today’s adult learners, reports The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Recommendations of the report for improving access to higher education for adults included collecting more information on the kind of students enrolling in online Christian colleges and other institutions, as well as making financial aid more widely available.

“Recognizing that nontraditional students are a growing portion of college students and are less likely to persist and complete degree programs than full-time traditional students is critical,” reads an executive summary of the report. “In addition, nontraditional students are typically left out of national longitudinal data sets, preventing researchers from conducting useful analyses on this large and diverse student population.”

Driven, ambitious adults who want to advance their careers through online education may wish to enroll in online Christian universities to begin their academic journeys.

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