How to Keep Old Debts From Deterring Returning Students

Society, too, loses out.

To solve a problem it helps to have a name for it, and this report provides that and also defines the scope. Until now, both of those pieces had been missing.

This is also a bit of a personal milestone. According to Catharine (Cappy) Bond Hill, Ithaka S+R’s managing director, the report is the direct result of a discussion that began in a session I hosted at SXSW EDU in 2018 with Hadass Sheffer, an adult-student advocate. We talked about the barriers to returning to college I’d just described in my report “The Adult Student.” Hill was there and connected with Sheffer, which ultimately prompted Ithaka to tackle the issue from a policy perspective. (Yeah, things don’t always move that fast in higher-ed wonk world, but hey, I’ll count this as progress.)

The term “stranded credits” came up during that SXSW EDU session, Hill thinks, though

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