Expert Tells UW Regents To Adapt To Changing Student Needs

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Stereotypical college students who live in dorms and go home for the occasional weekend no longer are the main driver of changes in higher education, one of the nation's top education experts told the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents on Friday.

Working adults trying to finish a college degree started years ago, or wanting to gain another degree to either advance in the workplace or reinvent themselves, will push universities to find new ways to deliver an education, said Molly Corbett Broad, president of the American Council on Education.

They're the new majority of college students. They have no desire to live on a college campus. And they juggle too many other demands between jobs and families to take classes on a set schedule, Broad said.

While 15% of the nation's undergrads attend four-year colleges and live on campuses, 43% attend two-year colleges, 37% are enrolled part time, 38% are older than 25, and 25% are older than 30, Broad said.

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