The Demographics of Higher Education
Provides an up-to-the-minute analysis of who accesses postsecondary education in any of its forms, from certificate to technical to community college to the various types of four-year and graduate-level institutions. Examining changing demographics, the course evaluates societal, cultural, and vocational development needs of students from the 18- to 22-year-old traditional student to adults completing college or pursuing professional degrees. Addresses issues of access, readiness, affordability, persistence, and employment upon completion of the degree, with an eye toward designing programs and interventions that contribute to student success.
In the beginning there was statistics. A rapid fire onslaught of numbers pinned to the shirt sleeve of various college going persons, singled out by a particular characteristic to assess the historic and current state of affairs in higher education. It was interesting but not passionately interesting, I couldn't see why someone would choose this particular area as a career. What came next would change that.
Student learning theory blew breath into the numbers, gave heart to the statistics. Though imperfect, learning theory provided a vast wealth of information and possibility to every aspect of higher education and how colleges and universitities can improve student outcomes through careful consideration of a given populations needs. I could now see how someone could fully immerse themselves in the world of student demographics, it is a vast and ever growing area of study that is as fascinating as it is necessary.
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