Who are Today’s Students?
Today’s students come from all walks of life, bringing unique strengths and needs. They are parents, working adults, veterans, online students and first-generation college-goers, following new pathways through higher education. They need a system that is flexible, affordable, and responsive to their needs. But we still rely on policies designed for yesterday’s students and the last century’s economy.
Quick Facts on Today’s Students
Get up to speed on who today’s students really are with these need-to-know data points.
Paths Through College
The Traditional Path through College
The traditional path to college was straightforward and linear: a student would finish high school and immediately start studying at a four-year college or trade school, enter the workforce or join the military.
Today’s Students, New Pathways
Instead of going to, and finishing, college directly after high school, many of today’s students are returning to get additional education and training while working and raising families or changing careers.
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