Taking Adult Learner Retention to the Next Level

John Hall Chief Executive Officer Greenwood & Hall The National Center for Education Statistics predicts that there will be just under 7 million adult learners by 2013. The growth of programs that cater to non-traditional students has been no less than explosive. Despite the vast financial resources that both institutions and the federal government have invested in continuing education programs, graduation rates have remained alarmingly low. As the number of adult learners continues to grow and Washington calls for increased accountability in terms of the outcomes institutions provide for their students, schools must take a fresh look at creative approaches […]

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Controlling Tuition Discounting By Leveraging Private Loans

Micharl O’Grady Overture Technologies There has been much discussion over the last two years about financial aid offices maintaining a “preferred lender list” for their students and families. Back in the 1980’s when many colleges and universities did not recommend specific lenders, schools would get student loan checks from credit unions, community banks and some large regional lenders. The processes were painfully slow and the cash flow was spread out over months. With the advent of better technology and sweeping standardization, schools in the mid 1980’s could start transmitting student loan data electronically and receive the funds through electronic fund […]

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