Document Type


Publication Date

Fall 2016


Educational Leadership, Evaluation and Organizational Development


Although colleges and universities are facing increased scrutiny to demonstrate a return on investment for their students, the demand for college-educated workers continues to grow. As of 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated that more than one-fifth of Americans age 25 and older—around 43.5 million people—have some postsecondary education but no degree (Lumina, 2012). This article presents an integrative review of relevant, rigorous, and research based programs that create a fast path to degree completion for working adults. While national data still shows that postsecondary credentials remain a good investment for individuals and the overall economy (Carnavale & Rose, 2015), the public is asserting a greater demand for accountability as tuition continues to escalate well beyond the rate of inflation. This article provides a review and conceptual links to educational pathways for the large group of adult learners with some college and no degree.


This article was originally published in the International Journal of Information Communication Technologies and Human Development, volume 8, issue 4, in October-December 2016.

Original Publication Information

Bergman, Matt. "From Stopout to Scholar: Pathways to Graduation through Adult Degree Completion Programs." 2016. International Journal of Information Communication Technologies and Human Development 8(4): 1-12.