TitleThe New Landscape of Early Adulthood: Implications for Broad-Access Higher Education
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsSettersten, RA
EditorStevens, M, Kirst, M
Book TitleRemaking College: The Changing Ecology of Higher Education
PublisherStanford University Press
CityPalo Alto, CA
ISBN Number978-0-8047-9167-0

This chapter describes fundamental changes in early adulthood in recent decades and discusses their implications for higher education. Contemporary young adulthood is defined by the need to manage uncertainty, and the need for interdependence with (rather than independence from) others. Under such conditions, strengthening the transition to adulthood requires strengthening pathways into and through higher education, especially broad-access schools.