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Courageous learning : finding a new path through higher education

Author: John Ebersole; William Patrick
Publisher: Albany, NY : Hudson Whitman, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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The true majority of American students are working-age adults. Approximately 80% of those who need to start or finish a degree are over 25 years old, yet most institutions of higher education treat them as an afterthought. Courageous Learning offers a closer look at the needs of adult learners and provides a clear, comprehensive assessment of the adult higher education landscape. The book features: in-depth profiles  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Ebersole; William Patrick
ISBN: 0976881314 9780976881315
OCLC Number: 773879724
Description: iv, 234 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction --
1. Marie Wrinn: No child dies alone --
2. Education in America: Pathways to possibility --
3. Daniel Tulip: A touch of grace --
4. Meeting the needs of adult learners --
5. John Ebersole: Educating a college president --
6. Which schools offer what --
7. Elizabeth Bewley: Seeking a broader campus --
8. What is your degree worth? --
9. Chris Kilgus: Lessons learned --
10. How do you find the right path? --
11. Shannon McMillan: An unrestricted education --
12. The Last word --
Appendices --
Appendix A: Adults only --
15 essential questions --
Appendix B: Online learning --
Appendix C: Credit by exam --
Appendix D: One transcript service --
Interviews with leaders in higher education --
James Applegate, Lumina Foundation --
Pat Callan, National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education --
Dennis Jones, National Center for Higher Education Management Systems --
Martha Kanter, US Undersecretary of Education --
Arthur Levine, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation --
Mark Milliron, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation --
Louis Soares, Center for American Progress --
Margaret Spellings, 8th US Secretary of Education --
Bibliography --
Acknowledgments --
About the authors --
Index.
Responsibility: John Ebersole and William Patrick.

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The true majority of American students are working-age adults. Approximately 80% of those who need to start or finish a degree are over 25 years old, yet most institutions of higher education treat them as an afterthought. Courageous Learning offers a closer look at the needs of adult learners and provides a clear, comprehensive assessment of the adult higher education landscape. The book features: in-depth profiles of a variety of long-established, accredited, adult-serving institutions; self-portraits of adult learners; definitions of post-traditional terms, such as ''credit by exam,'' and ''credit by assessment''; and, discussions on the major issues confronting higher education with some of the nation's most outspoken proponents for reform. Courageous Learning underscores an urgent need to embrace a culture of lifelong learning. It is an invaluable tool for adults making the connection between learning and life success. It is also a must-have resource for educators who recognize our country's future is dependent on the ability to attract and support more courageous learners.

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