Winter for Higher-Ed
Colleges Shutting Out Part-Time Students
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  • Andrew Allison

    “Overall, we need to be more concerned with what students have learned, not how much time they’ve served in school.”
    Are you perhaps suggesting a return to the classical model of a final examination which worked so well for a couple of thousand years, instead of simply collecting attendance credits?

  • Greg Olsen

    Having struggled through 2 graduate degrees, MA in Jewish Studies, and an MBA in Finance while holding a full time job and raising 3 children, I can relate to the pressures on the non-traditional student. However, it is right that colleges steer what precious aid there is to full time students who are likely to complete degrees. It is unfortunate for those non-traditional students, but the statistics don’t lie and there is little that universities can do while fulfilling their primary mission to alleviate the difficulties of the non-traditional student: rent or mortgage payments, raising a family, commuting, missing class due to emergencies at work, etc.

    That said, here in my own community and state (Contra Costa County, CA), the community college district does a good job of helping the non-traditional student by making sure that an AA for transfer can be completed with a combination of online, night, and weekend courses, and University of California finally got with the 21st Century and began accepting credit for online courses.

    Non-traditional students also need do their part and be careful consumers of higher education, finding the best bang for the buck and the right fit for completing the degree. It takes a lot of research to find the right school to actually finish and get out with an affordable amount of debt.

  • Eileen McKenna

    Part time evening study IS AMERICA. What percentage of college degrees are awarded to people who first had to pay the rent before even considering higher education? Is there anywhere else in the world where a person can decide at any point in one’s life to pursue advanced studies? Change who they are? Maybe FINALLY contribute to society? What are we doing here? Nothing good.

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