The following is a guest post written by Christopher Gilmore, assistant vice president for extended education at Excelsior College and chief operating officer for Educators Serving Educators (ESE) – A Division of Excelsior College. Through ESE, Christopher consults with other institutions on how to best serve the non-traditional learner.
The Pew Research Center recently released a report highlighting that, for the first time in over four decades, the income tier identified as the “American middle class” is no longer the prominent economic tier in the country. While it is not all bad news, the dwindling middle class is still cause for concern and I can’t help but consider higher education’s role as it relates to providing pathways to the middle class.
Not long ago, a college degree was viewed as a critical stepping stone to the middle class. In recent years, however, the share of adults saying a college education is necessary to be middle class has actually fallen from 37% to 30%. This viewpoint perseveres despite data that shows young college graduates are out-performing their less educated peers on virtually every measure of economic well-being.
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About Christopher Gilmore
Christopher Gilmore works as the assistant vice president for Extended Education and the chief operating officer of Excelsior’s educational solutions unit, Educators Serving Educators. In his role, Mr. Gilmore is responsible for assisting in the operational oversight of the college’s external facing portfolio, which includes the Center for Professional Development, Outreach and Access, and Educators Serving Educators.
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