Higher and Adult Education

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Higher education refers to education in the years after high school, also referred to as postsecondary education or college. Higher education institutions include two-year and degree granting schools, public and private colleges and universities, and vocational schools. Public colleges and universities are generally larger and receive state funding for their programs. As a result, public universities often charge lower tuition rates for students residing within the state. Private colleges depend largely on alumni contributions, grants, and other private funding.

The term “adult education” refers to a wide range of education programs. For example, there are extension programs that offer advanced degrees. These programs are affiliations of established universities and are geared toward professionals who have chosen their career path and aim to enhance specific skills or knowledge. Continuing studies programs offer degrees for career changers or adults who have had their education interrupted. There are also remedial programs for adults who want to complete secondary or higher education requirements.

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