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The future of work is changing. While working adults were already seeking postsecondary degrees in higher numbers, the growing corporate trend of offering tuition support has created a boom, with an estimated 31 million workers eligible for tuition assistance or reimbursement. As a result, universities have increased opportunities to serve more working adult learners. However, the needs of working adult learners differ in several critical ways from those of traditional full-time students.
Lisa McIntyre-Hite, PhD, will discuss the infrastructural options and best practices available to institutions interested in optimizing their offerings for what is rapidly becoming the new traditional learner: working adult students. In particular, we will examine creating an intentionally integrated learner experience, redesigning legacy systems, and connecting with the employer marketplace.