As nontraditional students and adult learners continue to comprise a larger percentage of the total higher education student population, the number of students who prefer or require a part-time postsecondary schedule is likely to grow. However, a focus on boosting college completion rates has led to a focus on assisting students to become full-time learners in their pursuit for a degree.

“15 to Finish,” a national push to encourage students to take 15 credits per semester, may be perfect some students, but not necessarily for all, according to a new analysis conducted by Civitas Learning, an organization analyzing higher education outcomes. Mark David Milliron, the company’s co-founder and Chief Learning Officer, says higher ed needs to move away from a diametric “either/or” view of full-time vs. part-time.

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