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Higher Ed Podcast: It’s Never Too Late to Learn

This is the second in a series of podcasts drawn from EWA’s Nov. 4-5 Higher Ed seminar at UCLA.

In order to meet the workforce demands for better educated employees, colleges and universities will have to teach more adults. A look at the evolving options for non-traditional students to further their educations.

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  • Travis Reindl, program director ,  National Governors Association
  • Nate Anderson, senior project manager, Jobs for the Future
  • Andrew S. Rosen, chair and CEO of Kaplan, Inc. and author of Change.edu

Moderator: Stephen Smith, executive editor, American RadioWorks/American Public Media


  • 4:14 – Statistics about adult post-secondary education and unemployment rates
  • 8:59 – Four key strategies for working with adult learners
  • 15:03 – The importance of adults to the goal of increasing degree completions
  • 18:23 – Financial hurdles for adult learners
  • 26:34 – Non-traditional students as the majority
  • 29:50 – “Community colleges have a funding problem and a mission problem.”
  • 31:29 – For-profit colleges and the media
  • 37:50 – For-profits as ‘disruptive innovations’

Q & A:

  • 39:55 – Is there a difference in how traditional college-age students learn and how adults learn?
  • 43:40 – What responsibility do businesses have to pay for advanced training for employees?
  • 48:14 – What kind of remediation practices should for-profits observe?
  • 52:40 – Why are for-profits opposed to gainful employment regulations?
  • 56:45 – What is the disincentive for public institutions to cater to adult learners?
  • 59:00 – What might be the merits of online education vs. in-person education?
  • 1:05:00 – When colleges give adult students credit for skills learned on the job, what form does it take?
  • 1:08:53 – How does military experience translate into these credits?

This post originally appeared on EWA’s now-defunct online community, EdMedia Commons. Old content from EMC will appear in the Ed Beat archives.