The quintessential American college student leaves home at 18 to live on a college campus for four years. We’ve historically defined “nontraditional” students as those over the age of twenty-four, those enrolled part time, and those who are financially independent. But today, the “typical” student is the exception.
There are currently 17.6 million undergraduates enrolled in American higher education. The National Center for Education Statistics reports that just fifteen percent of them attend four-year colleges and live on campus. Forty-three percent of them attend two-year institutions. Thirty-seven percent of undergraduates are enrolled part-time and thirty-two percent work full-time. Of those students enrolled in four-year institutions, just thirty-six percent actually graduate in four years.
The most significant shift is probably the massive growth in the adult student population in higher education. Thirty-eight percent of those enrolled in higher education are over the age of 25 and one-fourth are over the age of 30. The share of all students who are over age 25 is projected to increase another twenty-three percent by 2019.
“I want all of you to set a goal to continue your education after you graduate,” Mr. Obama said to students at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Washington. “And if that means college for you, just getting into college isn’t enough. You also have to graduate. “Our country used to have the world’s highest proportion of young people with a college degree,” the president said. “We now rank 16th. I don’t like being 16th; I like being No. 1.”—President Obama Urges Nation’s Students to Keep Studying - NYTimes.com (via infoneer-pulse)
When Julian Bond, the former Georgia lawmaker and civil rights activist, turned to teaching two decades ago, he often quizzed his college students to gauge their awareness of the civil rights movement. He did not want to underestimate their grasp of the topic or talk down to them, he said.
“My fears were misplaced,” Mr. Bond said. No student had heard of George Wallace, the segregationist governor of Alabama, he said. One student guessed that Mr. Wallace might have been a CBS newsman.
That ignorance by American students of the basic history of the civil rights movement has not changed — in fact, it has worsened, according to a new report by the Southern Poverty Law Center, on whose board Mr. Bond sits. The report says that states’ academic standards for public schools are one major cause of the problem.
“Across the country, state educational standards virtually ignore our civil rights history,” concludes the report, which is to be released on Wednesday.
Hispanic students have long been underrepresented in higher education as the smallest minority group. According to recent data based on census information, that’s no longer true. The Pew Hispanic Center published a report September 1 showing that college enrollment has risen by an…
I know I have been silent here but I am considering a comeback.
Not long after graduation I created a twitter account and a tumblr with the intention of sharing my experience as a new professional. With a summer of searching for a job behind me and nothing but anxiety over still being unemployed before me, I am working on way to swallow my pride and end my silence.
I may not have an office or cubical to go to each day or students to speak with throughout the day, but I do have the ability to continue reading, learning and sharing. I have been doing the reading and learning the past few months but I admit to slacking on the sharing.
That said, I will work on posting here a few times a day. Look for links to articles and pictures, the occasional funny unrelated retweet or reblog, and the random (hopefully insightful) comments from me.