Students in today’s university and college programs are increasingly redefining the face of college students. According to research data compiled by the CLASP Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success, enrollment of “non-traditional” students is projected to increase more than twice as fast as traditional students from 2012 to 2022.
The new Barnes & Noble College Achieving Success for Non-Traditional Students: Exploring the Changing Face of Today’s Student Population report explores the unique social and academic needs and expectations of non-traditional students, the barriers they encounter, and ways to help them achieve greater levels of success. According to the report, non-traditional students identified with one or more non-traditional characteristics, which include being age 25 years or older, first-generation to attend college, works full-time, has dependents, has a GED or other nonstandard high school diploma, is a veteran, re-entry student or distance learner. At a time when many colleges and universities face increased challenges to their recruitment and retention goals, a deeper understanding of this non-traditional student population is crucial to helping to meet the social and academic expectations of a rapidly emerging and vital student population.
Source: Barnes & Noble College | College Insights | Achieving Success for Non-Traditional Students