In 2016, the Washington Monthly published the first ever ranking of the best colleges for adult learners, the most ignored group of students in higher education today. We quickly realized that just providing the list of the best schools was not enough. There are millions of adults who are thinking about getting a college credential to advance their careers, but need practical advice on everything from how to apply, where to get financial aid, to how to get credit for the skills they learned in the workplace. And there was no book on the market offering that advice.
So, with a grant from the Kresge Foundation, we found a great author, Rebecca Klein-Collins, to write the book, and partnered with The New Press, the wonderful publishing house that put out our previous book, The Other College Guide: A Roadmap to the Right School for You, a how-to focused on non-wealthy high school students (co-authored by yours truly).
Klein-Collins’ book just came out. It’s called NEVER TOO LATE: The Adult Student’s Guide to College. The Library Journal gave it a much-coveted starred review, writing: “This beautifully organized guide is indispensable to first-time college students regardless of entry point and especially useful for adults returning to college later in their careers.” Mike Rose, author of Back to School, calls it “a treasure,” noting that “[i]n addition to the wealth of information and sound advice in Never Too Late, the book provides Washington Monthly’s invaluable state-by-state rankings of adult-friendly colleges.”
If you’re an adult who’s thinking of going to, or back to, college, I hope you’ll buy the book. And if you know someone in that position, you should buy it for them!
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