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ERIC Number: ED530826
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Completion Agenda for Baby Boomers. Commentary
Fishman, Seth
Association for the Study of Higher Education
In the article, "Completion Agenda for Baby Boomers", Moltz highlights how community colleges are currently implementing programs, such as the American Association of Community Colleges' Plus 50 Completion strategy, to encourage older learners to return to America's college campuses. The effects of the recent recession and the educational desires of the 78 million baby boomers have higher education institutions reconsidering their approach to older learners. Community colleges face the challenge of navigating their complex mission as institutions that serve as the gateway to four-year colleges, workforce development and two-year occupational programs, and service to the local community and state, to serve an increasingly diverse student population. Realizing this trend, recent federal and state efforts have made community colleges more attractive to older learners. The majority of states have statutes providing older citizens with the opportunity of auditing public college courses free of charge and the Obama administration recently designated substantial funding to support initiatives at community colleges, recognizing the vital role these colleges play in America's educational success. More attention, however, is necessary to help these individuals transition from worker to student. Older learners face three types of barriers in returning to college campuses: situational, dispositional, and institutional. Thus, new initiatives and opportunities that are directly targeted to older learners that lead to academic degrees, certificates, and other credentials will benefit both the individual and the economy, particularly in the community where the person resides. Some state leaders have intentions of making older learners an important part of educational programs, yet more partnerships between and among higher education institutions and the government are needed. These will contribute to President Obama's overall desire to increase the percentage of Americans with college degrees that will contribute to future economic prosperity. [This document presents a commentary on: "Completion Agenda for Baby Boomers" by David Moltz published in "Inside Higher Ed" April 27, 2011. "Completion Agenda for Baby Boomers," its commentary, a list of suggested readings, and discussion questions are included.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Association for the Study of Higher Education
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