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.

Adult Readiness for the Learning Economy
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. Adult Competencies Learning Economy

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.

Adult Competencies Learning Economy

Post-traditonal Learners and the Transformation of Higher Education
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. Post-Traditional_v4  

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.

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Let's Get Serious About Our Nation's Human Capital
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. workforce_training

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.

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College Ready Students, Student Ready Colleges
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. college_ready_students  

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.

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Working Learners: Educating Our Entire Workforce for the 21st Century
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. working_learners  

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.

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A New National Approach to Career Navigation for Working Learners
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. career_counseling

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.

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