Post-traditional Learners

About

​​​​​Post-traditional learners have been a growing presence in America’s postsecondary education institutions since the late 1970s and now make up close to 60 percent of enrolled undergraduates. Post-traditional learners are students who frequently must balance life, work, and their education. These students are typically ages 25 and older, care for dependents, and work full time while enrolled, and are often connected to the military. ACE’s research and insights on post-traditional learners focus on better understanding the experiences of this diverse population and offering recommendations on how colleges and universities can best serve these students.

Reports and Publications
Post-traditional Learners and the Transformation of Postsecondary Education: A Manifesto for College Leaders
Post-traditional Learners and the Transformation of Postsecondary Education: A Manifesto for College Leaders
This paper includes a primer on innovation, a profile of post-traditional learners, a look at U.S. investment in postsecondary education and training, and concludes with three principles to “catalyze a manifesto for college leaders on how to proceed.”
The Post-Traditional Learners Manifesto Revisited: Aligning Postsecondary Education with Real Life for Adult Student Success
The Post-Traditional Learners Manifesto Revisited: Aligning Postsecondary Education with Real Life for Adult Student Success
This report digs deeper into the needs of post-traditional college-goers and offers recommendations to help schools, researchers, and policymakers better help this growing population of students.