In 2017, a focus on adult learners was named the Education Dive: Higher Education Obsession of the Year, and for good reason: According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 8.1 million students enrolled in higher education — or more than 40% — in 2015 were 25+ years old.
While 2017 saw a lot of attention placed on adult learners, the industry still has a long way to go on properly serving these students. But leaders may soon realize that many of the adjustments needed to better serve this population would also benefit other students. And it is likely that implementing these strategies may cut down on the overall cost of higher education and communicate additional value, as the physical campus experience is de-emphasized in the name of reaching more students where they already are.
With this in mind — and with a little help from some individuals and groups around the country who are keeping a close eye on the industry — we bring you five trends Education Dive expects higher education leaders to focus on in 2018.
There is a reason the Purdue-Kaplan deal was named Education Dive’s 2017 innovation of the year.