Adult learners make up more than half of college students in the US, yet higher ed resources tend to target traditional-age students. This blog offers practical advice for today's adult learner. Come here to find answers to important questions, download free resources, and read stories of adults who took the leap and changed their lives.
This holiday season two exceptional new books are hitting the shelves. Both books contain a ton of practical advice and encouragement for those seeking a new career or simply more meaning from their work life.
Equally fun and useful is The Encore Career Handbook by author & columnist Marci Alboher. A year in the making, the research for this work was sponsored by Encore.org, the nation's leading non-profit career resource center for individuals in the second half of life. Called a "comprehensive, nuts-and-bolts guide to finding passion, purpose and a paycheck in the second half of life", this work is likely to become the next-career go-to resource for years to come. Preorder today, and you’ll get access to an exclusive online advice session in early January with author Marci Alboher. Email your receipt by January 1 to firstname.lastname@example.org, and Encore.org will send you details for how to access the online event.
Great article in the NY Times about the downside of private versus federal student loans. Student Debt Debacles offers insight every student borrower should know going in. The issue isn't simply about reducing debt, but is also about knowing how the lenders deal (or don't deal with you) over the life of the loan.
Start your college journey with a free copy of "Back to School for Grownups"! Kindle copies of the featured book "Back to School for Grownups" can be downloaded free of charge any time on October 20, 2012 at http://bit.ly/Back2SchoolforGrownups.
The University of Phoenix announced today it will close 115 locations around the country. An enrollment growth leader in the for-profit higher ed arena, at its peak the University of Phoenix could boast a student body of 400,000 students - making it the largest institution of higher education in the world. Quantity doesn't always equate with quality, though, and several years of bad press targeting for-profit schools may have played a part in the decline.
To be clear, the U of Phoenix isn't shedding students. It is shedding buildings. Ironically, a higher ed institution known for its online presence is moving more online, if you will. Students in the face-to-face or blended courses (in-person and online sessions) can transfer to online courses.
So what message might this send to other institutions? Stop building new buildings and invest in cloud technologies? The only certainty demonstrated by the U of Phoenix's announcement is that higher ed continues to be in a state of flux - for all schools; public, private, for-profit. One can only imagine what higher ed will look like when today's traditional-age students send their kids to college.
Wondering how to find your next career? The Encore Career Handbookshows you how. According to author Marci Alboher, a former New York Times columnist and Encore.org VP, "Nine million people ages 44 to 70 have embarked on careers that are personally meaningful and benefit society. Another 31 million are interested in finding their own encores." You are not alone!
Called an "invaluable resource" by the Associated Press, Alboher's comprehensive guide mixes stories of encore trailblazers with nuts-and-bolts advice (including an interview with this Dr. Laura :))
Kudos to Alex Friedrich and crew from Minnesota Public Radio! This well-researched report lays out the issues raised by recent practices at many (not all) for-profit colleges. Hear from former recruiters, students and deans who have joined in a whistle-blower suit to expose practices they believe harm rather than help students who are just trying to get ahead.
For more information see "For-Profit Higher Education Under Scrutiny", under Free Stuff.
Today Congress passed a bill that keeps federal subsidized student loans at 3.4% interest for one more year. These loans have been kept low for the past four years but were scheduled to return to their regular rate of 6.8% on July 1. One more reason to stick with federal loans!