ERIC Number: ED451330
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Postsecondary Learning for Everyone. Unconventional Wisdom.
Workforce Economics, v6 n2 p8-11 Fall 2000
Changing workplace demands have made postsecondary learning essential for almost all workers. The age of universal access to postsecondary training has arrived, and students are taking advantage of the opportunities expanded access has to offer. Anticipated growth in the demand for postsecondary training and the need to acquire certain skills quickly, coupled with the ability to enroll an almost unlimited number of students in virtual classes, will become increasingly important to students seeking rapid matriculation into the workforce and workers seeking skill maintenance or upgrading. While traditional four-year postsecondary institutions will continue to attract and enroll students directly out of high school, the majority of workers will pass through institutions focused less on degrees and more on competencies, skills enhancement, and training conveniently offered, in terms of both time and location. As the nation's population centers move from the industrialized Northeast and upper-Midwest to the South and West, community colleges and private-for-profit institutions have expanded quickly into these areas. State college systems and private postsecondary institutions have opened satellite campuses in these high-growth areas. Distance education is quickly becoming essential to expanding educational access. It has led to the development of the virtual university. Private training companies and major corporations provide online training to individuals, postsecondary institutions, and companies. (YLB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Education, Distance Education, Educational Needs, Employment Potential, Employment Projections, Employment Qualifications, Job Skills, Labor Needs, Lifelong Learning, Postsecondary Education, Virtual Universities
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Publication Type: Journal Articles
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Authoring Institution: National Alliance of Business, Inc., Washington, DC.