Higher Learning Advocates lobbies for today’s students

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Published: Feb. 19, 2021 at 4:16 PM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - As colleges and universities across Wyoming start the Spring 2021 semester, students including parents, working adults, veterans, and online students balance school and everyday life.

“Academic success is critical to economic success, and often those success stories are hampered by life.”

A recent study by the Higher Learning Advocates shows 34% of students are older than 25, and 64% work while in college and 22% are raising children while studying.

The Advocacy group says it believes policy changes need to be made by lawmakers while enacting programs that colleges and universities can put into place to help today’s students succeed.

“If everybody from the faculty to the Dean of students to the President of the institution all have the student first mentality and culture, like hey you belong here and we’re here to help. Can make the world of difference,” Higher Learning Advocates, Executive Director, Julie Peller said.

The U.S department of Education reports almost 46% of Wyomingites in college attend classes part time.

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