Being in college today or taking courses has 74% of students are working through a variety of responsibilities with how to juggle work, school, and life. This is according to the Department of Education.
That means 74% of students have responsibilities such as working full or part-time jobs, being a first-generation student or having at least 1 dependent. About half of the students enrolled today are 25 years old or older and are working on finishing a degree, returning to advance their career or looking for a new opportunity
Knowing this, colleges are paving new pathways for today’s rapidly growing number of nontraditional students. Technology is allowing Universities the ability to think out of the box as well as provide much-needed flexibility.
1. Supporting students beyond the classroom
Now that schools know that most students are seeking a balance between work-life-school, there is a significant demand for services and tools to help and guide the student from enrollment to graduation
A lot of students are getting back into school after taking chunks of time off and require some help to get back into the swing of school. There are now schools that offer students a success coach from day one
These Success coaches are essential as the student juggles life with studying and coursework. By having constant contact, coaches can help in overcoming obstacles, as well as work to keep students on the right course all the way to graduation.
2. Technology in the classroom
A recent study by Babson Research found that over 6.3 million students are taking online courses in the USA and that number continues to rise
Schools are now offering more degree specializations as they scale and expand to meet the ever-changing needs of students. Some Online Colleges offers more than 200-degree programs ranging from traditional degrees to specialized programs — you can find most anything that you would need to accomplish whatever goal it is the student is looking for
Technology plays an essential part in this new age of learning. It’s changing the way professors deliver information and how students can apply knowledge in real time Virtual reality tools enable students to complete projects needed for graduation as well as having a direct connection to college faculty
3. Introduction of flexible class schedules
Through technology, Universities can now design more flexible learning models and accelerate course offerings that will put the student in charge. It is a must for the student to pave their path so they can balance all the outside responsibilities that need attending
What is of paramount importance is having study time. Now, it can be done late in the evening, early in the morning before the kids get up or during a lunch break. Having to commute or missing class is not an issue as students can now manage their own time, and create the schedule that works for them
4. This can be a total game changer
This new flexibility allows students to be anywhere in the world while studying or attending a class. Now, students can log into a course at their convenience, which will enable them to work at a pace that best suits them.
Universities are now able to work with students, both academically and personally. The power of online learning is secure and only gaining more strength in the workplace. With each innovation brings the promise that any student can now complete any degree they want, and on their time
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