For an individual seeking a degree for a promotion or similar benefit, this type of environment is not necessary.
In a study from the National Survey of Student Engagement only 11 percent of traditional college students spend 25 or more hours a week studying, reading, writing, and doing other activities for their classes; 40 percent spend 10 hours or less out of the 168 that make up a week.
Traditional college students are between the ages of 18-21 and benefit from the social atmosphere that a normal college campus provides.
A lot of older adults have full time jobs or families and look at college as an education only not a social life.
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