Last month, I spoke at the opening session of a corporate meeting in Portland. The group, Inside Track (a national company based in Portland and San Francisco), provides coaching services to higher education students who are returning to college classes online after stepping out for a while. Their question of me: What are the forces shaping higher education today?
Below is an excerpt from my Inside Track presentation. After reading, the questions I put to you:
Think about it. Step up. Speak up.
The Lumina Foundation suggests that there are 39 million people in the US with some college but no bachelor’s degree.
Here in Oregon, we’ve run the numbers even deeper to try to understand what our market really looks like.
There are 750,000 people (age 24-64) in Oregon with some college and no bachelor’s degree. (Lumina numbers) From that we have done additional survey work that shows 500k plus with some interest in pursuing a credential. And then 230k or so who indicate they are willing to pursue that bachelor’s degree wholly online. There’s the market segment we’re competing for.
These folks are in addition to the 85% post traditional learners that are in some way still currently engaged in education. Yet their needs and expectations are similar in many ways—in fact I would say in many ways these are the same people—people who call themselves learners as much as students. As Louis Soares (Center for American Progress) points out, there is a huge difference between those who considers themselves students who are working as opposed those who characterize themselves as workers who are continuing to learn. "Finishing" college to many of in the 85% is not something defined in the six-year graduation rates demanded by assessments like the US News survey of higher education. US news obviously doesn’t get it yet.
If you "unpack" the 85%, as Soares does, you see the diversity and complexity we need to address in this post-traditional learner audience.
This group includes:
- Adult learners
- Employees who study
- Low income students
- Student parents
- 38% of enrolled students are over 25 years old
- 25% are over 30 years old
- 25% of post-secondary students are parents
- 40% of all undergraduates are enrolled part-time
- 33% work full time
- 44% work part time
Why are these people so motivated to continue learning when life throws multiple obstacles in their path?
The numbers are pretty clear. If you have a bachelor’s degree as opposed to a high school degree, you will make on average $1.3 million dollars more over your working life. (Latest Census Bureau numbers)
So, how does a truly 21st century public university adapt and reach this post-traditional 85% as well as the 39 million with some college and no degree?
Many of us are focusing on online access…and looking to disrupt our educational enterprise from within. Online learning has the disruptive potential to expand student-centric and adaptive online learning environments. That’s our goal.
Outreach and Engagement
Please complete Extension’s Spring Training Survey. It should take less than five minutes of your time. Your feedback is important to us in how we can improve future Spring Training and other Outreach & Engagement events. Your answers are completely anonymous.
The survey closes Monday, June 3rd.
If surveys are not your style, feel free to send sugestions and comments to Drea Zigler.
Select sessions from the Extension's 2013 Spring Training conference are available for viewing online.
You’re invited to participate in a half-day bus tour of selected sites in Union County to view first-hand and learn about agricultural production, research and conservation efforts in the area.
Note: A detailed agenda will not be available until the day of the tour.
The day starts with a short program at CPS (7:30 a.m.) followed immediately with the bus tour. Periodically along the tour route, participants will unload and reload the buses at various stops which may include areas with difficult terrain. The traditional lunch consisting of barbecue steak, baked potato, and salad will be served to tour participants at approximately noon at a site along the tour route. Local 4-H ambassadors and FFA members will be on hand throughout the day to help out. After lunch, bus passengers will be returned to Crop Production Services at approximately 2:00 p.m. For general tour information, please contact Darrin Walenta or Lenard at the numbers listed above.
If you have a physical disability that requires special consideration in order for you to attend the Crops Tour, please contact Darrin Walenta, OSU Extension Service Union County, at (541) 963-1010 by June 5th.
Congratulations to the following OSU Extension Faculty for their promotion to Senior Instructor, Associate Professor, or Professor effective July 1, 2013! Their promotion follows rigorous analysis of their dossiers by peers and administration at several levels of the University, as well as external reviewers. We applaud their success and take pride in the accomplishments of our Extension faculty.
Congratulations to OSUEA Spring Training 2013 award winners. Photos of the awardees are avaiable through EESC's photographic archive.
The OSUEA Newer and Experienced Faculty Awards recognize superior and distinguished achievement of OSU Extension Association newer faculty members with fewer than seven years of experience and experienced faculty members with seven years or more.
The Classified Staff Award recognizes and reward outstanding and exceptional service by classified and management employees within the Oregon State University Extension Service.
Margie Vaughn - Office Manager, Union Co.
The OSUEA Team Award recognizes outstanding efforts on the part of a team of Extension faculty, staff, or both in responding to and incorporating into a specific educational program or effort within the Oregon State University Extension Service.
Oregon 4-H Science Leadership Team: Lynette Black, Patrick Willis, Jeremy Green, Virginia Bourdeau, Mary Arnold, Pamela Rose, and Jonathan Mayer
Sponsored by Dale and Alice Hoecker Family, the award encourages and supports Extension faculty in developing and delivering new programs that address a high priority need of an Oregon target audience through creative and innovative approaches and creative Extension programming.
OSU Extension Association has recognized Cooperators for more than 30 years. Each year individuals and businesses are recognized for the significant contributions they have made to Extension programs. It is through these cooperators that Extension is able to accomplish so much.
ESP recognizes any non-Extension person, company, or organization that has demonstrated outstanding support and involvement in Extension efforts.
OSU Extension recently acknowledged those who have been exceptional performers in Ask an Expert. Three top awards (with accompanying gift of an Apple iPad Mini!) were given to two faculty members and a volunteer to recognize them for their high level of participation, quality of their answers, and dedication to improving this increasingly popular online outreach system.
The winners for the Outstanding Performer Award were Ross Penhallegon, an Associate Professor and Extension Horticulture Specialist stationed in Lane County, and Jacki Dougan, a Master Gardener volunteer working out of the Washington County Extension office.
The Question of the Week brings special attention to questions considered by the Ask an Expert administrative team to be well-written , interesting and timely for that week. Ask an Expert gave the “Question of the Year--Outstanding Performer" award to Dana Sanchez, an Extension Wildlife Specialist, who had FIVE Questions of the Week this past year. To see an animated example of Dana’s answers to sometime whacky wildlife questions, see “Exotic Dog Treat Safe?”
Oregon Master Naturalist Program's Ecoregion Specialization Courses are open for general enrollment. Please go to visit the Oregon Master Naturalist Program website to enroll.
The Oregon Master Naturalist Program is offering two courses this summer. Each count toward requirements to become an Oregon Master Naturalist.
The two courses are:
The link above provides access to a Class List, with links to course details. You have an option to enroll in either the Willamette Valley Ecoregion or East Cascades Ecoregion course.
This course is offered as a package, priced accordingly. When you register for this course, you are enrolling in all classes listed, not individual classes. Please pay attention to the attendance and cancellation policies, cost, payment options, and class dates and locations.
Enrollment is capped at 20 persons per Ecoregion course. A waiting list will be maintained once the cap is reached and wait listed persons will be contacted on a first come, first served basis, dependent upon additional spaces.
Please note: Some of the class information is still tentative as we finalize the details. Information will be updated on each class website and distributed to enrollees as it becomes available.
Space is limited; sign up today!
These Ecoregion Courses are part of the course requirements to become a certified Oregon Master Naturalist. You must also complete our core curriculum online. Enrollment in the next online course is open and starts
Please contact Jason O'Brien, Program Coordinator, with any questions or concerns.
The Journal of Extension (JOE) is a refereed journal that expands and updates the research and knowledge base for Extension professionals and outreach educators. It also serves as a forum for emerging issues affecting the Cooperative Extension System.
In addition to a variety of great articles, the April 2013 issue features a new look for the JOE website and new website content. Here are some highlights:
JOE institutional liaison for OSU Extension
Just in time for Master Food Preserver graduation, while supplies last - take 50% off the current OSU Extension aprons (cotton/poly with continuous neck-to-waist- ties). Sale price noted on current marketing order form.
The next set of aprons will be similar to the aprons a couple years ago: heavy twill, wide adjustable neck band, and separate waist ties. The new aprons should be in stock by the end of June.
Ideas for new marketing items or concerns about current items? Please contact Drea Zigler with suggestions.
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