Change Is Coming to Higher Education, but Students Still Need Support
Originally published in The Bangor Daily News on August 8, 2023.
The higher education landscape is changing.
The population of “typical” college students — 18- to 22-year-olds who live on or very near their campus — is dwindling in Maine. Additionally, post-pandemic, there are expectations that students are able to attend at least some of their classes online, with a growing preference for online courses.
What’s more, while our traditionally aged college student population is shrinking, we have no shortage of adults who would benefit from some kind of post-secondary education. Online courses provide the much-needed flexibility that working adults need in order to achieve the next steps in their personal and career goals.