Post-traditional Learners are adults who balance a complex mix of family, work and education as they pursue knowledge and skills. Adult Learning theory suggests that when these equally important pursuits can be aligned so that human capital is developed across one’s “Whole Life”, career success will follow. Current public policy and education institution practices fall short of creating a platform for this kind of Whole Life Learning for Career Success. In my writing, I explore post-traditional learner demographics and public policy change as a means to promote Whole Life Learning.
This paper analyzes data from the OECD’s Survey of Adult Skills and links the findings to the characteristics of the emerging learning economy in which human capital development and measurement are the keys to individual and national competitiveness.
This paper argues that the emergence of post-traditional learners as the majority of undergraduates is calling into question the current institutional, instructional, credentialing and finance models of higher education.
This paper argues that both rising skills demand and the emergence of post-traditional learners is necessitating an overhaul of the nation’s public workforce training system with implications for the both workforce training and postsecondary education policies including: training grants, tax incentives and career and technical education.
This paper argues that changing college student demographics is driving a change in college going toward a longer term, more episodic and labor market focused model. Public policies are not keeping pace and changes are needed to promote student success.
This paper argues that workers who are also learning, the archetypical post-traditional students, are not getting the proper support to succeed in their college going. It recommends providing career coaches and proportional access to Pell Grants to help them better integrate life, work and college success.
This paper provides data for the increasingly dynamic labor market faced by working adults and argues that the nation needs new public policies and business practices in order to help these individual manage their work and learning to enhance national productivity.