This piece on Inside Higher Ed is a response to the proposal to require nurses to have a bachelor’s degree in order to be licenses for practice. This is a more rational approach. It recognizes the realities facing nurses, health care, and the other 85% students. The tone is super, as Beverly Malone uses terms like “opportunities,” “academic and professional progression for all nurses,” and “to propel” practitioners to seek further education. Finally, it urges that we seek new ways, including online programs, to expand the capacity of bachelor’s and master’s degree programs.
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Welcome to The Other 85 Percent. So what does "the other 85 percent" refer to? Research has shown that only about 15 percent of higher education students still fit the traditional definition of young adults age 18 to 22 who live on campus and go to school full time. more