Serving Adult Learners: An Equity Imperative

Despite its stodgy reputation, American higher education has shown a remarkable knack for adaptation, evolving to meet the needs of shifting demographics many times over. Colleges are now working to reorient themselves around the needs of a generation of adult learners that’s more diverse in age, race, income, and profession than any in history. Four presidents discuss how this is not just a practical and financial necessity for colleges: it represents a social justice and equity imperative.

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Sue Ellspermann

Ivy Tech Community College

Gregory Fowler

University of Maryland Global Campus

Paul Leblanc

Southern New Hampshire University

Eloy Oakley

College Futures Foundation

This event will be in person







Practice & Pedagogy


Basic Understanding

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Higher Education