Lifelong Learning in Institutions of Higher Education

  • Tom Nesbit Simon Fraser University
  • Catherine Dunlop Simon Fraser University
  • Lorraine Gibson Simon Fraser University


In this study, we examined the provision and development of lifelong learning within institutions of higher education in British Columbia and explored some of the institutional characteristics that enable or discourage it. The results suggest that most lifelong learning opportunities are directed toward enhancing employment and career opportunities rather than citizenship development. Yet, as the demand for higher education and the number of adult learners enrolling in programs continue to increase, these institutions are well-positioned to develop new forms of education that acknowledge, accommodate, and respect the concerns and interests of lifelong learners.