The Baltimore Sun has this story about an 80 year old lady who is trying to become a lawyer.
Her kids and grand kids no doubt want her to stop wasting their inheritance on going to school.
Age is less and less relevant to new students these days. With nearly 40 percent of college students above 25 years old, many of them are bringing 'baggage' to school with them.
That is, they are bringing habits, kids, work loads, excuses and the challenge of paying
their tuition with their minimum wage jobs.
Schools have accomodated older students with special courses, accelerated courses and programs, and even have established branch classes and the ability to take classes online.
But, what the higher-ed schools need now is to train faculty on how to handle these different kinds of students. Staff need to know how to help the financially challenged and while they are at it, child care wouldn't hurt either.
It seems to me the fopros have a head start on accommodating this new kind of student.
What do you think?