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Post-traditional Learners and the Transformation of Postsecondary Education: A Manifesto for College Leaders

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Post-traditional Learners and the Transformation of Postsecondary Education: A Manifesto for College Leaders

December 30, 1899

Our traditional system of two- and four-year colleges and universities is not well-suited to educate post-traditional learners, writes Louis Soares. Postsecondary education leaders need to be challenged to embrace a future of innovation that may put their current institutional, instructional, and financial models at risk. This paper includes a brief primer on innovation, a profile of post-traditional learners, a look at the U.S. investment in postsecondary educa¬tion and training, and concludes with three principles to “catalyze a manifesto for college leaders on how to proceed.”

Soares is a special policy advisor to the president of ACE and a fellow at the Center for American Progress.

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