Students over the age of 40, the fastest growing age cohort in postsecondary education, are of particular interest due to their unique life and educational circumstances. While they face some of the same concerns as younger students, students age 40 and older also must deal with issues such as expiring job skills and major lifestyle changes. These issues affect not only why students participate, but also where and how. The report—a collection of current statistical and descriptive information drawn from a variety of sources—focuses on how students over age 40 gain access to postsecondary education and training, their experiences while enrolled, and the outcomes of their participation.
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Life After 40: A New Portrait of Today's-and Tomorrow's-Postsecondary Students
Published: October 1996