Article says PSE institutions should increase focus on older students

December 9, 2014

An article in The Chronicle of Higher Education argues that PSE institutions should look to adult education to help overcome the challenges of changing student demographics. According to the article, retirement increasingly marks a transition to a new phase of working life rather than a departure from the labour force. Colleges and universities should position themselves to help this demographic transition between these phases. However, PSE institutions have been reluctant to capitalize on this opportunity due to the traditionally conservative nature of PSE. Institutions have been slow to dig into data on adult learners’ needs, interests, and learning styles; moreover, PSE remains mired in a cultural mindset that emphasizes youth and dismisses the potential contributions of older people. The Chronicle of Higher Education