Gen Z Takeover: How the newest generation is changing higher ed

educationdive | April 15, 2020

Generation Z is here. Like the millennials before them, their unique behaviors and preferences are forcing colleges to change. Many of these current and prospective students are wary of taking on debt, inclined toward tech-based learning tools and are more likely than past generations to use mental health services.  In this article series, we look at how Gen Z is impacting colleges and the higher education sector as a whole. A considerable number of traditional-age learners are favoring colleges with flexible, remote degree options over residential campuses.

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TUTRRD | November 20, 2021

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Stride, Inc. Launches Pandemic-Proof Professional Development

Stride, Inc. | February 18, 2022

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