The tens of millions of Americans who pursue paid employment and postsecondary credentials simultaneously are a spectacularly diverse population. They vary not only by race, class, gender, and age, but also by life circumstances and in the nature of the work and learning they pursue. The task of this workstream is to develop a conceptual framework that might enable researchers to recognize this diversity even while building cumulative knowledge about how best to serve working learners as a target group.
Re-Engaging Student Parents to Achieve Attainment and Equity Goals
by Catherine Hensley, Chaunte White, and Lindsey Reichlin Cruse for the Institute for Women’s Policy Research
Anxiety, Depression Persist for Some Despite Waning Pandemic
by Anthony P. Carnevale
What Works for Adult Learners: Lessons from Career Pathways Evaluations
by Debra Bragg with Barbara Endel, Nate Anderson, Lisa Soricone, and Erica Acevedo
The Comeback Story: How Adults Return to School to Complete Their Degrees
by Hadass Sheffer, Iris Palmer, and Annette B. Mattei
Opportunity@Work’s STARs program
A portfolio of resources describing the population of nearly 70 million Americans who are skilled for employment through alternative routes.
Working Learner College Students: A Diverse Not-So-New Majority
University of Arizona sociologist and higher education researcher Regina Deil-Amen offers an aerial view of how the evolution of the US racial-political economy has substantially grown the ranks of working learners in college, creating new opportunities for individual and institutional transformation, but also new forms of precarity for working learners.
The Future of Higher Education: What’s the Life Course Got to Do with It?
by Richard A. Settersten, Jr., and Barbara Schneider