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Today's College Students Aren't Who You Think They Are

By NPR

Nearly 17 million students head to college this fall. About half are financially independent from their parents, and nearly one in four is a parent caring for a childRead full story

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  • Surprising stats, but makes sense when you think about it. College is an expensive investment, and you should know why you are doing it before enrolling (not just because it’s what you do after HS). In retrospect, I think I would have taken a year after HS before enrolling in college, which would have put me in this demographic.

  • It's easy to see how this mistaken definition of traditional gets spread. Most of us envision "college" based on some Ivy League or State School backdrop--fueled by popular culture and cinematic narrative. The reality is, most are pursuing an associate degree, or a bachelors degree, from a local or online institution.

    My college degree cost me about $250k all-in over 4 years. It's easy to see why most Americans are not willing to take on this financial burden. Once you stop and think about it for

    It's easy to see how this mistaken definition of traditional gets spread. Most of us envision "college" based on some Ivy League or State School backdrop--fueled by popular culture and cinematic narrative. The reality is, most are pursuing an associate degree, or a bachelors degree, from a local or online institution.

    My college degree cost me about $250k all-in over 4 years. It's easy to see why most Americans are not willing to take on this financial burden. Once you stop and think about it for just a few seconds, it becomes abundantly clear that for most, "higher education" is not what we are lead to believe.

  • You can’t lump online college education with on-campus college education. They are two completely different demographics. To try and combine the two and then generalize the statistics to redefine who “students” are is a waste of time and misleading.

  • With every passing year, I have known more and more graduating high school students choosing to live at home and attend their local community college to get their general education requirements out of the way before transferring to a four-year university. I think this is smart, especially for students who don’t have any idea about what they want to do.

    I believe that postsecondary education is important, but it doesn’t always have to take place at a traditional four-year university. It can be something

    With every passing year, I have known more and more graduating high school students choosing to live at home and attend their local community college to get their general education requirements out of the way before transferring to a four-year university. I think this is smart, especially for students who don’t have any idea about what they want to do.

    I believe that postsecondary education is important, but it doesn’t always have to take place at a traditional four-year university. It can be something like 42 Silicon Valley (https://www.42.us.org/), an innovative engineering college that is a nonprofit and is totally free.

  • In Korea and Singapore, the reason and purpose of entering higher education has changed a lot from the past. Regardless of age, they seek to earn a bachelor's degree for a more "practical" and "pragmatic" reason. #education

  • Institutions are learning that adults in the workforce are a gigantic, lucrative, voracious market. Flexible offerings, stackable certificates - innovation works.

  • As to IT industry,just attending class doesn't ensure you break through.

    Hands on experience is valued more than ever.

    On campus and off campus is not matter.

  • Also, if for-profit colleges are included in the given stats, then the data is skewed and misleading. Online and for-profit colleges are often what amounts to a racket, giving out useless degrees with the only real goal being profit, and not a quality education.

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