Courageous Learning: Finding a New Path Through Higher Education

By John Ebersole and William Patrick


Pages: 240

ISBN: 978-0-9768813-1-5

Published: Fall 2011

Categories: Education

Foreign rights available: World


Going back to school is one of the most important, most expensive, and most impactful decisions that many of us ever make. Yet we often have more information about a cup of coffee than about the investment we make in higher education. Hopefully, this book will help returning adults make choices that are right for them.”
—Margaret Spellings, 8th United States Secretary of Education


Approximately 80% of those who need to start or finish a degree are over 25 years old, yet most institutions of higher education treat them as an afterthought. Courageous Learning offers a closer look at the needs of adult learners and provides a clear, comprehensive assessment of the adult higher education landscape.

Courageous Learning features in-depth profiles of a variety of long-established, accredited, adult-serving institutions that offer excellent service and value, as well as self-portraits of adult learners who have not only demonstrated uncommon persistence in attaining their degrees, but who have overcome considerable obstacles on the path to personal and professional success.

It includes definitions of post-traditional terms, such as “credit by exam,” and “credit by assessment,” and, is rounded out with discussions on the major issues confronting higher education with some of the nation’s most outspoken proponents for reform, including Mark Milliron, Martha Kanter, Margaret Spellings, and James Applegate.

Courageous Learning underscores an urgent need to embrace a culture of lifelong learning. It is an invaluable tool for adults making the connection between learning and life success. It is also a must-have resource for educators who recognize our country’s future is dependent on the ability to attract and support more courageous learners.

JOHN EBERSOLE is president of Excelsior College in Albany, New York. His career in adult, online and continuing education spans more than 25 years.

WILLIAM B. PATRICK is an award-winning writer. Currently he is a faculty instructor at Fairfield University’s MFA program.