We hear a lot these days about enrollment “fit” – the need for prospective students and schools to be closely aligned in order to ensure high retention and graduation rates. A laudable cause, no doubt, when it comes to the “traditional” student: those first-time, full time enrollees entering college right out of high school. Eduventures’ recent Prospective Student Mindsets provides invaluable insights into understanding these students.

But can “fit” be applied to the ubiquitous adult learner? While schools have learned much about the range and variety of traditional learners, the same cannot be said for older, working students, who are subject to a web of economic conditions, prior educational experiences, and the demands of work and family. This episode will provide some advance highlights of upcoming research showcasing the 10 distinct mindsets among adults seeking certificates or non-credit programming, undergraduate degrees, and graduate degrees.

 

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Episode Host

Nicole Lentine

Nicole Lentine

Nicole Lentine is associate director of admission at Champlain College. Along with recruitment goals and activities, she serves as community manager to prospective and admitted student social media communities, develops admissions and alumni partnership strategies, and develops events and visit programs for special populations. Nicole has over nine years of experience in the industry, and thrives on networking and learning from others to constantly improve and find new ways to connect with students. She speaks about college admissions and digital communication strategies at regional and national conferences including NEACAC, HigherEdWeb, and UBTech.
 

Guest

Howard Lurie

Howard Lurie (Principal Analyst, Online and Continuing Education) has extensive experience in developing online education technology solutions for higher education, corporate learning and K-12 education. Howard researches the adult learner market, alternative credentials, and online program management services. He co-authored Eduventures’ report on competency-based education, Deconstructing CBE: An Assessment of Institutional Activity, Goals and Challenges in Higher Ed.  Previously, Howard served as Managing Director for Academic Partnerships at Acrobatiq, where he led efforts to secure new partnerships. Howard has also served as a Vice President for External Affairs at edX, and was a founder and Managing Director for PBS LearningMedia.  Howard has degrees from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Teachers College, Columbia University.