“Funding for adult education is critical to our nation’s success,” said Musgrave. “We must include everyone in helping them to achieve their educational goals, and we need to prepare them for life, for a career, and for college no matter where they are in their educational journey.”. As an adjunct professor for an online-only graduate school course, I have found myself contemplating the retention rate of adult e-learners. What are the predictors of adult students' success in online learning environments? Is there a difference in undergraduate versus graduate online learners and their motivations? Does age play a factor?
Adult learners who experience academic success in higher education tend to gain economic and personal benefits, which most likely provide social, political, and economic benefits for the broader society (Ritt ). Multiple Roles of Adult Learners. A Better Deal for Returning Adults. Increase degree attainment by inviting adult learners back to complete their education, providing a redesigned system that offers accelerated courses, year-round enrollment and predictable schedules that fit their busy lives.
, Digest of Education Statistics , Table Participation rate of persons, 17 years old and over, in adult education during the previous 12 months, by selected characteristics of participants: Selected years, through ; , Digest of Education Statistics , Table Success for Adult Students Looking at the demographics of today’s student body, nontraditional is the new traditional. How Solutions for Adult Learners,” which has identified strategies to help adults who have nearly enough credits for a degree to complete their education.