Students in today’s university and college programs are increasingly redefining the face of college students. According to 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 over the next six years.
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, 74 percent of 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