The myth of nontraditional learners in colleges and universities
Today is the last Friday I am off due to our college's "no Friday in summer" policy. I am glad for it, because it was a rough week. But I was doing some errands and went to the bank. One of my former students (I have thousands of those) works there and came up while I was dealing with an account issue. I recognized him and was trying to do my "Oh, let me remember you" game and I had to be reminded of his name, and it was only a year ago.
He is having a hard time getting the classes he needs to fit around his work schedule due to our college's behindness to online courses. I agreed with him. Online classes are not the panacea for "nontraditionals" (or post-traditionals as the commenters suggest) but they do have advantages. There are lots and lots of ways colleges can serve these folks better. A person is only 18-22 for 4 years, but they are adults for 40 or more.