Post-traditional Higher Ed Landscape Requires a New Three-Way Partnership

Spoiler alert: Traditional students are no longer the majority in higher education. Today’s student body is older and busier. Meeting their needs will require increased collaboration between often disparate departments.

According to recent figures, only one-quarter of college attendees are what we would call “traditional students.” Most students in higher education today have full-time jobs, families, or other characteristics that make them part of the new “post-traditional” majority who attend school online or part-time. While overall post-secondary enrollment drops, online enrollments continue to grow, as do enrollments by students over age 25 and those working full-time.

Along with the shifting demographics come shifting student support needs. In order to ensure the success of modern college students, three administrative groups in particular must join forces.

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