Toronto, ON (PRWEB) May 31, 2011
Traditionally, university campuses were filled with unmarried 18 to 22 year olds looking to get their undergraduate degrees in four consecutive years. Today, less than 15 per cent of students still fit into this mold.
“The new traditional learner is an adult looking to take classes to improve professionally or increase employability,” said Shaul Kuper, President and CEO of Destiny Solutions. “Students today desire just–in-time learning, need education for employability [and] are interested in learning outcomes derived from education as well as life experiences.”
The shift away from the traditional learner has been happening for years. Recently, Kuper said a subtler one has occurred—in the face of budget cuts and major restructurings, university administrators have come to realize the importance of the lifelong learner.
Kuper said “the lifetime return on investment of a lifelong learner is far greater than that of a traditional student.” However, administrators have had a difficult time wrapping their head around the ‘new traditional’ learner.
“To quote one provost ‘we know this has happened, but it is not what we signed up for,’“ Kuper said. Nonetheless, in an age where education and knowledge are turning into highly valued commodities, administrators have had no choice but to respond. Today’s learners are acting more like consumers than ever before. Each one expects to be treated as an individual with programs geared directly towards their cohort of one.
At a private dinner held in conjunction with the annual University Professional and Continuing Education Association conference in Toronto in April, Kuper unveiled a new strategy for schools to engage lifelong learners. He said Destiny Solutions Lifelong Learning Platform—now renamed—Destiny One, can help schools become more accessible, efficient and effective on the global stage.
“Schools are under extraordinary pressure, to find new and intelligent ways to attract and retain lifelong learners,” Kuper said. “We strongly believe we have reached an inflection point and truly recognize the critical importance of lifelong learners who are clearly becoming the predominant student on today’s campuses. These students want a personalized approach and Destiny One allows schools to give it to them.”
About Destiny Solutions
Since 2001, Destiny Solutions has been crafting superior, innovative products and services, uniting educators and learners to manage the entire lifelong learner lifecycle. Destiny Solutions’ exceptional team of experts is dedicated to helping schools transform their operational processes and student engagement strategies by extending their investments in conventional systems.
Destiny One, The Lifelong Learning Platform is designed to forge, manage and cultivate lifelong learning relationships. Designed to exclusively meet the unique needs of lifelong learners, the intelligent software assists education administrators looking to more efficiently and effectively acquire, engage and retain learners for a lifetime. Protecting existing investments, Destiny One extends conventional campus systems such as SunGard Banner, Datatel and Peoplesoft and leverages best practices to streamline enrollment, curriculum, finance and marketing.
For more information please see http://www.destinysolutions.com.
Destiny One and The Lifelong Learning Platform are registered trademarks of Destiny Solutions. SunGard Banner, Peoplesoft and Datatel are registered trademarks of their respective owners.
For more information, please contact:
Marketing and Public Relations Manager
416-480-0500 x. 214
# # #