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Nontraditional Avenues To Higher Ed

by Meris Stansbury

eCampus News

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Could these 3 burgeoning nontraditional pathways be a boon for traditional institutions?

Though nontraditional pathways may seem like a threat to traditional four-year programs, institutions (like Harvard) are increasingly supporting these alternatives immediately post-high school graduation as a way to not only help students better focus their career aspirations and personal interests, but gain skills that could help them perform better academically.

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Gaining Insights Into Nontraditional Students Needs and Preferences

If you can’t beat them, join them, or so goes the old saying. But that’s just what some universities, like Harvard, are doing when it comes to embracing non-traditional means of educating students. Should you be exploring alternatives to the traditional, four-year college experience?

There really is no such thing as a traditional college experience anymore, if ever there was one. Today, programs are being increasingly personalized for unique individual student needs and delivered in ways that combine traditional classroom instruction with online options, self-study, internships and more. Rather than viewing these emerging new options as a threat, progressive institutions like Harvard are considering ways they can incorporate these ideas into their own offerings. Customer Relationship Management (CRM) tools are one good way to gain insights into the needs and interests of prospective, and current, students.