According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), 33% of college students in 2011 were 25 or older. And this trend is not expected to go away. However, even though the number of college students over the age of 25 continues to be on the rise, few studies have investigated the impact that earning a degree can have on older college students.
Hobsons and UPCEA embarked on a study two years ago to explore the value of a higher education degree from the perspective of a continuing education graduate. The first phase of the study was completed last year. In the second phase of this study, additional students were recruited to ensure a large enough sample size for exploring how student motivations, degree and career satisfaction, and career outcomes may differ by age and academic major. Walk through the infographic below for a synopsis of the findings.