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80-Year-Old Pursues Law Degree
TheBizofKnowledge ^ | June 11, 2006 | Dr. Bill Belew

Posted on 06/12/2006 4:14:20 PM PDT by G. Stolyarov II

The Baltimore Sun has this story about an 80 year old lady who is trying to become a lawyer.

Her kids and grandkids 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?


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Computers/Internet; Education; Society
KEYWORDS: adultstudents; age; baltimore; college; colleges; forprofit; jobs; lawschool; olderstudents; profit; school; schooling; schools; students; training; universities; university
The most interesting recent increase in older adult students shows that college and university education is increasingly no longer a phenomenon confined to a given age bracket; rather, the stereotype of the 18-to-25-year-old college student is no longer altogether valid. For many people, education has become a life-long pursuit in parallel with their careers. See Dr. Belew’s blog at TheBizofKnowledge
1 posted on 06/12/2006 4:14:24 PM PDT by G. Stolyarov II
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To: G. Stolyarov II

The good news is that if granny succeeds, she only has a few years to cheat the public.


2 posted on 06/12/2006 4:19:46 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember (No program, no ideas, no clue: The democrats!)
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To: G. Stolyarov II
Her kids and grandkids no doubt want her to stop wasting their inheritance on going to school.

If this is true, I hope she learns enough about wills and trusts to cut them out of "their" inheritance.

3 posted on 06/12/2006 4:23:32 PM PDT by Huntress (Possession really is nine tenths of the law.)
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