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Non Traditional Students ~ sometimes referred to as non trads, re-entry, adult learners or adult students

Presentation Topic:

Nontraditional Students: Benefit or Barrier to Learning

Themes To Be Discussed:

North Georgia Admission Policies

Board of Regents Guidelines for Admission


Financial Investment/Scholarships


University Services

Career and Personal Development

Life Transition

Support Systems

Retention and Graduation

Four articles will be included in the discussion of nontraditional students.
Select at least two 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. 7, 5-12.

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. 86(4), 912-927

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. 38(5), 557-573.

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. 16(2), 141-160.

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 NOT 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

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