As Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights continues to add to its enrollment of more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students, Ashish Vaidya, the college’s president, says too many Americans are failing to graduate college, in part because our assumptions about them are wrong.
“The ‘traditional’ 18-to-21-year-old college student fresh out of high school is a declining demographic, especially in our region. Now, more than ever, students long considered to be nontraditional are entering higher education,” says Vaidya.
“At NKU, we believe it is our mission to ensure that we eliminate the attainment gap between different groups of students so that education offers opportunity for all,” he says. “We are seizing this opportunity to restate the value of an NKU education especially for first-generation, low-income students.” He adds that the university aspires to be nationally recognized as a student-ready, regionally engaged institution that empowers diverse learners for economic and social mobility.