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ERIC Number: EJ791631
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 100
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 135
ISSN: ISSN-1551-6970
Lifelong Learning and the Academy: The Changing Nature of Continuing Education. ASHE Higher Education Report, Volume 32, Number 2
Cantor, Jeffrey A., Ed.
ASHE Higher Education Report, v32 n2 p1-100 2006
An old adage--the truly educated never graduate--has come to exemplify the rationale for the growth and expansion of professional continuing education (PCE) programs in the United States. This monograph is about the trends and best practices in professional continuing education. It explores how this area of higher and adult education, once the sole province of colleges and universities, has now become an industry unto itself. It focuses on the plethora of organizations competing with the academy to meet the increasing demands for professional continuing education, including certification and licensing for training and preparation. PCE programs have become more numerous and diverse in nature as increased numbers of organizations other than traditional colleges and universities have entered the marketplace. This work explores a macroenvironmental context, discussing several factors that create this market demand. Several trends influence the environmental context of PCE: a changing U.S. and world economy, changing adult student demographics, and constantly evolving technology and its impact on learning. It also highlights the growing ways that partnerships with various organizational players maximize service delivery to meet clients', students', and customers' needs and demands for continuing higher education and training, thus ensuring colleges a fair market share of the business. It is intended to give continuing education practitioners, including those serving in colleges and universities, a view of the changing state of the practice. The work is based on current literature in the field as well as in-depth reviews of programs and interviews with scholars and leaders. (Contains 1 figure and 7 exhibits.)
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serial; Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States