Launches on the Web

May 1, 2002

The median age of the U.S. labor force will approach 41 years by 2008 — a historic high according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. An older workforce faces greater challenges when it comes to pursuing or completing undergraduate and advanced degrees. Job and family responsibilities leave many working adults strapped for time. As a result, more and more colleges and universities are offering adult degree completion programs, which offer greater scheduling flexibility. Now, these programs can be researched online in one convenient place — at

To accommodate the adult learners’ hectic daily schedules, many of the programs are offered in an accelerated format, either in a traditional classroom setting or online through distance learning. A majority of these programs grant college credit for learning through life or work experience by satisfying Prior Learning Assessment guidelines set by the college of the student’s choice.

“For adults who thought that obtaining their college or graduate degree was only a dream, it can now become a reality,” says Mark Shay, president and CEO of Educational Directories Unlimited, parent company of “We wanted to make it as easy as possible for nontraditional students to find the type of programs they’re looking for, and the ones that can best fit their schedules.” offers general listings, course descriptions, contact information, and location, for over 400 adult education programs in the country — at no charge to the consumer. This list of programs is constantly growing and is being added to every day. Students can search by level of program (bachelor’s or master’s), field of study, and format (classroom-based or distance learning). The information is updated daily to provide the most current data to prospective students. In addition, the site features a Discussion Board, an online community where adult students can share information and discuss the challenges of going back to school.

Institutions may augment their free general listings by purchasing enhanced listings and other sponsorship campaigns, including banners and the ability for students to link directly to an online application or inquiry firm.

Shay adds, “ can also help programs on tight marketing budgets avoid costly publication mass mailings. A listing on can efficiently target adult education candidates within a selected course of study.”

For more information on please contact Joseph Mitchell at (610) 642-8253 or e-mail

About EDU

Educational Directories Unlimited ( is a unique college-oriented marketing firm that achieves a dynamic blend of academic purpose and commerce. Among EDU’s computer-based recruiting tools are several comprehensive directories: (; (; (; (; StudentProspector ( and ( The EDU systems design provides a unique utility for prospective students, advisors, and educational administrators. Since its inception in 1997, EDU and its directories have captured a significant share of the “educational shoppers” market by providing students a wealth of information in an easy to use directory format.

For more information on EDU, Inc. please contact Lori Faunce by phone at 610-499-9200, via e-mail at