Online Learning Update

April 18, 2020

Gen Z Takeover: Could online colleges gain traction with young students?

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:02 am

Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive

Four-year universities have long encouraged students coming straight from high school to enroll in their campus-based programs while guiding older learners to their online divisions, creating a divide between the two groups. But Generation Z, whose members were born in 1997 or later, may prove to be the force that can break down those barriers. At Western Governors University, an online institution that targets adult learners for self-paced programs that begin each month, students average 37 years old. Yet Gen Zers are the university’s fastest-growing demographic.

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