The New World of Opportunity

February 12, 2020

By Peter Smith, Featured in Inside Higher Ed

At the same time, the growing numbers of learners who persisted (literally) and benefited was such a huge increase between 1950 and 2000 that their collective success overshadowed the others’ “failure to thrive.” And it has been only as birth rates have declined and costs have skyrocketed that the higher education community, feeling the pinch of enrollment declines and performance criticism, has turned its gaze to these previously ignored “failures,” people for whom the level playing field of the ’70s and ’80s has, in fact, been anything but that.

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