As college students across the country return to classrooms for another school year, the images most often associated with back-to-school include the traditional college-age students between the ages of 18 and 21. But the reality is that more and more adults are also going back to school. As dean of Villanova University’s College of Professional Studies, I often reflect this time of year on the pathway of the adult learner in higher education and society, and their commitment to educational aspirations, professional advancement, and lifelong learning.