Continuing education plays a more important role than ever in supporting learners, institutions and their communities. These offerings are having a significant impact on those enrolled…
December 13, 2022
Modern Campus, the leading platform for modern higher education learners, today announced that in 2022 so far, students and businesses have spent over $1 billion on programs offered by colleges and universities by leveraging their continuing education solutions and employee education, Destiny One and Lumens.
Modern Campus reports that enrollments among its Destiny One customers have grown an average of 15% annually since 2019, while industry-wide enrollments in more traditional programs have declined overall by 7.5% over the same period. The modern consumer of higher education is looking for more flexible post-secondary options.
“Modern Campus is proud to support higher education institutions and their communities with Destiny One and Lumens, two purpose-built solutions for scaling continuing education and employee development programs,” said Peter DeVries, Chief Executive Officer of Modern Campus. “Continuing education, professional and staff development plays a more important role than ever in supporting learners, institutions and their communities. These offerings are having a significant impact on those enrolled, and as the economy continues to evolve, people will continue to look to them to advance their careers and lives.”
The news of increased earnings and enrollments in continuing education, personal, adult and online programs — in sharp contrast to 1.4 million fewer students enrolled in college programs in 2019 — shows a big shift. Communities look to colleges and universities to provide pathways to good jobs, then continue to turn to post-secondary education providers to help them upgrade and retrain their skills throughout their careers.
“Learners want a path that will give them a degree and put them in a competitive position to get a job,” said Madeline Pumariega, president of Miami Dade College, during a webinar hosted by Modern Campus. “We have the opportunity to blur the line between credit and non-credit, between acquiring skills and obtaining degrees. The future of work requires comprehensive skills from all employees. We can begin to address these capabilities through microcredentials.”
Continuing education departments are already playing a more central role in supporting innovation in their respective institutions. In the 2022 State of Continuing Education report, higher education institutions’ professional, continuing education, and online education (PCO) departments reported that their roles have been expanded since the pandemic.
The report also found that despite their critical work, many PCO units are understaffed. The State of Continuing Education report found that a quarter of these units attempt to run their innovative and complex operations with software designed for traditional programs – leading to significant dissatisfaction. However, institutions using Modern Campus Destiny One and Lumens overwhelmingly said they were satisfied with their experience with the registration system. Deploying the right tools clearly creates impact for these mission-critical departments.
“As a School of Continuing Studies, we aim to provide an Amazon-like experience. We want students to click a button, check out a course, and enroll right away. And if the course isn’t available, we want to simplify the process so they’re notified when it becomes available,” said Saira Cooper, director of digital learning, IT and operations at Rice University’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.
According to Cooper, “With Modern Campus, we’re able to offer Destiny One a more light-hearted experience.”
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Modern Campus is obsessed with enabling its nearly 2,000 higher education customers to thrive when radical transformation is required to respond to lower student enrollment and revenue, rising costs, falling student debt and administrative complexity.
The Modern Campus Engagement Platform supports solutions for non-traditional student management, web content management, catalog and curriculum management, student engagement and development, conversational text messaging, career paths, and campus maps and virtual tours. The result: Innovative institutions can create a learner-to-worker lifecycle that engages modern learners for life while providing modern administrators with the tools needed to streamline workflows and increase efficiencies.
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