Much of higher education was originally designed to meet the needs of full time 18- to 22-year-old students who enter directly from high school. However, the New Majority of our students are older, likely to swirl among institutions, and have significant adult responsibilities outside of the classroom. Academic Transformation: A Design Approach for the New Majority is a call to transform colleges and universities to meet the academic and student experience needs of New Majority students and for adult educators to become advocates, allies, and resources for needed reforms.
Book contributors—including faculty, staff, and administrators at public, private, and community colleges—provide insights to this transformation. Taking a personalized approach based on a wide range of experiences, they provide a framework for cross-campus conversations and collaborations to help stakeholders across the institution understand New Majority learners’ strengths, needs, and challenges within an increasingly competitive educational market.