Imagine a United States where everyone has access to higher education and the chance for lifelong learning and anyone with the aptitude, persistence, and commitment to a degree program qualifies for a better life.
There are more than 93 million Americans in the workforce today without a degree. Their standard of living is falling and their earnings gap is increasing. These adults missed their chance to go to college — or never finished a degree program.
Courageous Learning follows the lives of three adult students: Shawn, Joe, and Angeline — a veteran, a single dad, and a nurse — as they face obstacles in the pursuit of higher education. Experts, including leaders from academia, think tanks, government, and nonprofits, provide a guide to the landscape of post-secondary education in the 21st century — and reveal it as terrain that too few travel.