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Educating Nontraditional Students
Thursday, September 11, 2014 12:00:00 PM CDT - 2:00:00 PM CDT
Even if educators frequently use the term “nontraditional students,” the term makes little sense at a growing number of colleges and universities. That’s because the term assumes a dominant population of “traditional” students – 18-22 year-olds who enroll shortly after graduating from a high school that has prepared them well for college. And at many campuses, the unusual students would be those who are thought of as traditional. Further, many campuses that have relied on a traditional population realize that they can no longer find enough such students – so institutional sustainability depends on serving broader cohorts of students. 

But it’s one thing for a college to say that it wants a broad cross-section of students, and another for a college to actually recruit, retain and graduate these students. The articles in this booklet explore issues related to admissions and financial aid, different educational approaches, the use of technology, the use of alternate curricula and more. Other articles explore enrollment trends. The articles deal with a range of nontraditional students, including age, race and ethnicity, status as veterans and more. 

Join Inside Higher Ed editors Scott Jaschik and Doug Lederman for a lively discussion on these issues in a free webinar. Before attending the webinar, we invite you to download our free booklet, Educating Nontraditional Students, a compilation of articles and opinion essays from Inside Higher Ed offering a range of ideas and perspectives, at www.insidehighered.com/booklets. The Educating Nontraditional Students booklet and webinar are made possible in part by the support of Smart Degree. Your registration information will be shared with the company.

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Scott Jaschik and Doug Lederman
Scott Jaschik and Doug Lederman are founders and co-editors of Inside Higher Ed.

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