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Who are Adult Learners?
Barriers to Learning
Motivation / Self-directed Learning
Cognition / Sensation & Perception
Intelligence / Creativity
Theory/ Adult Learning / Androgogy
Linguistics / Metaphor
North Georgia Cohort Wiki site:
Non Traditional Students ~ sometimes referred to as non trads, re-entry, adult learners or adult students
Nontraditional Students: Benefit or Barrier to Learning
Themes To Be Discussed:
North Georgia Admission Policies
Board of Regents Guidelines for Admission
Career and Personal Development
Retention and Graduation
Four articles will be included in the discussion of nontraditional students.
Select at least
articles to read to help facilitate the group discussion.
1. Chao, R., & Good, G. E. (2004). Nontraditional students' perspectives on college education: A qualitative study.
Journal of College Counseling
This is a study on the perspectives of nontraditional college students on their college education in the U.S. The use of qualitative research methodology based on grounded theory in data synthesis is reported; the identification of the concept of hopelessness and implications of the study for counseling practice and future research is presented.
2. Taniguchi, H., & Kaufman, G, (2005). Degree completion among nontraditional college students.
Social Science Quarterly
The paper describes part of an ongoing study of the experiences of 32 mature, 'non-traditional' students as they make the transition to higher education. The paper draws on the stories of three of the participants to highlight some of the financial and institutional barriers experienced by mature minority ethnic students.
3. Eppler, M. A. , & Harju, B. L. (1997). Achievement motivation goals in relation to academic performance in traditional and nontraditional college students.
Research in Higher Education
This study extended Dweck's model of achievement motivation to the collegiate level, and it is the first to apply this model to nontraditional students. The relationship between goal orientations and academic performance in 262 undergraduate students grouped by nontraditional vs. traditional status is examined.
4. Bowl, M. (2001). Experiencing the barriers: Non-traditional students entering higher education.
Research Papers in Education
Experiencing the barriers.pdf
With the growing number of older students attending college, one major issue concerning these nontraditional students is their overall low completion rates. This study examines factors affecting nontraditional students' degree completion.
Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, Admission Guidelines for Non-Traditional Students
Agar. D. (1990). Non-traditional students: Perceptions of problems which influence academic success. Higher Education, Vol. 19(4), pp. 435-454.
Ely, E. (1997). The non-traditional student. Paper presented at the American Association of Community Colleges Annual Conference (77th, Anaheim, CA, April 12-15, 1997).
Peltier, G., Laden, R., and Matranga, M. (1999). Student persistence in college: A review of research. Journal of college student retention, Vol. 1(4), pp. 357-375.
Tinto, Vincent (2006). Research and practice of student retention: What next? Journal of college student retention, Vol. 8(1), pp. 1-19, 2006.
North Georgia College & State University, Admission Guidelines for Non-Traditional Students
Secrets from a Non Trad:
Association for Non Traditional Students in Higher Education (ANTSHE):
College Planning Website:
Visit the Adult Student Center:
Higher Education Acronyms and Links:
Scholarship Information for Nontrads:
ERIC search results for "Nontraditional Students" (we will
discuss all of the 2709 articles found <smile>!!!):
Higher Education Resource Hub:
Higher Education Research Institute:
Board of Regents News Releases - Non-Traditional Students
2001 - Regents FY03 Budget Request Has Strategic Focus on Access, Retention and Graduation Rates
University System's 2001 Admissions Goals Have "Raised the Bar" - Non-Trads Excluded from the Policy
Time Management Tips and Solutions:
Returning to Learning: Adults' Success in College is Key to America's Future
A Frame Work for Retention: Retaining Minority Students in Higher Education
Self-Efficacy A Key to Improving the Motivation of Struggling Learners
Retention, Persistence and Success in On-campus Higher Education, and their Enhancement in Open and Distance Learning
The Lumina Foundation for Education
Stress Related Cgnitive Interference Predicts Cognitive Function in Old Age
Exercise, Experience and the Aging Brain
Memory Processes, Aging, Cognitive Decline, and Neurodegenerative Diseases
Life-Span Learning: A Developmental Perspective
Kuh, G., Kinzie, J., Schuh, J., Whitt, E., and Associates (2005).
Student Success in College: Creating Conditions That Matter.
Jossey-Bass: San Francisco.
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