This changing demographic trend has led the community colleges to revamp their educational methods and offerings in order to ensure that adult learners get the quality of education they want.
The article further contrasts the traditional learner with the adult learner by stressing the fact that adult learners often return to collegiate level with a diverse set of qualifications and experience and have a clear sense of direction as far as their academic career is concerned. Community colleges, such as St. Louis Community College in St. Louis, Missouri, (STLCC) face the difficulty of catering to both types of learner simultaneously.
The article then proceeds with initial obstacles community colleges face in providing a level playing field to both sets of learners, how these colleges can create congenial learning environments for both learners, how the Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) works in community colleges and finally what the future looks like with community colleges trying to provide educational opportunities to both types of learners simultaneously. In the remaining paper the analysis of driving forces behind the enrollment trends for both types of learners shall be discussed.
Community colleges often feel sandwiched in an attempt to bridge the gap between the enrollment trends of adult learners and the traditional learners. A significant trend has been that adult learners returning to community colleges for education often find themselves engulfed with vagueness regarding their past qualifications and experiences, either due to withdrawal from studies due to personal issues or due to poor academic record in the form of lost transcripts etc. STLCC, however, has procedures in place that ensure that the past does not prove to be a stumbling block for the future of these adult learners; that is, some sort of relaxation (such as adjustment in GPA) is allowed in order for adult learners to