Higher Education

The obstacles to going back to college

More about how Sweden encourages older adults to enroll, while U.S. raises barriers

Hechinger Report higher-education editor Jon Marcus speaks with WBAL in Baltimore about how Sweden makes it even easier for older-than-traditional-age adults to go to college than it does for conventional high-school graduates, with everything from free tuition to day care to sabbaticals from work.

The result? A larger percentage of people in Sweden go to college who are older than the traditional age than in any other member country of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, or OECD.

The United States, by comparison, raises obstacles to older adults returning to school, which the nation will need to encourage if it is to meet the goal of raising the proportion of the population with degrees.

Yet the number of older-than-traditional-age Americans who are going back to school has been declining, not increasing.

Read the original story, which appeared in The Atlantic, here.



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Jon Marcus

Jon Marcus, higher-education editor, has written about higher education for the Washington Post, USA Today, Time, the Boston Globe, Washington Monthly, is North America higher-education… See Archive