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What is Nontraditional student

Handbook of Research on Learner-Centered Pedagogy in Teacher Education and Professional Development
A student who does not immediately enroll in college after graduating from high school, and/or who attends college only part time, and/or who is financially independent from her/his parents, and/or who has children or dependents other than a spouse, and/or who is a single parent, and/or who works full time (35 hours or more per week) while attending college, and/or who has a GED rather than a high school diploma ( Horn & Carroll, 1996 , p. 3).
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Common Denominators to Learner-Centered Success: Undergraduate STEM, Graduate Teacher Education, and an Educational Technology Doctoral Program
Natalia Coleman (New Jersey City University, USA), Donna M. Farina (New Jersey City University, USA), and Leonid Rabinovich (New Jersey City University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0892-2.ch002
Abstract
New Jersey City University (NJCU) ranks in the top hundred most diverse institutions of higher education in the country. NJCU's mission is “to provide a diverse population with an excellent university education.” Its undergraduate population is 25% White, 21% Black, 35% Hispanic, and 9% Asian; many NJCU students do not speak English as their first language. This chapter will highlight learner-centered pedagogical practices in three distinct disciplines and at three levels in higher education: undergraduate STEM education (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics); graduate ESL, bilingual, and world language teacher education; and educational technology leadership in a new doctoral program. The pedagogical practices described all share a common goal: to allow multilingual, multicultural, and nontraditional students to fully engage and demonstrate their growing knowledge of content as well as their ability to think critically—to ensure their success in future academic work and careers.
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Using Technology in the Assessment of Adult Learners in Online Settings
A student with any of the following characteristics: has delayed enrollment, attends part time, works full time while enrolled, is considered financially independent for purposes of determining financial aid, has dependents other than a spouse, is a single parent, or does not have a high school diploma (NCES).
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Creating Meaningful Relationships in the Online Environment: Building Rapport With the Adult Learner
An adult learner, typically over the age of 23 who has returned to the classroom or is a “career switcher”. The learner typically works one or more jobs, has children, or has other responsibilities at home that require a flexible schedule.
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Understanding the Online Learner
A student with any of the following characteristics: has delayed enrollment, attends part time, works full time while enrolled, is considered financially independent for purposes of determining financial aid, has dependents other than a spouse, is a single parent, or does not have a high school diploma (NCES).
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Building Higher Education Community: A Lesson From Nebraska
Students who are over the age of 25, balance a variety of work and family responsibilities, and may attend college part- or full-time.
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Asynchronicity, Access, and Attainment: Best Practices of an Adult Degree Completion Program
Higher education students that exhibit one of seven attributes: delayed enrollment, part-time attendance, financial independence, dependents to support, single parent, full-time employment, or GED or high school equivalent status (Horn, 1996 AU75: The in-text citation "Horn, 1996" is not in the reference list. Please correct the citation, add the reference to the list, or delete the citation. ). Although age was not an attribute in Horn’s research, for the purposes of this study, the terms Nontraditional and Adult student will be used synonymously.
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Critical Success Factors and Methods to Increase Persistence for Non-Traditional Online Students
A college student who is over the age of 24 and/or possesses characteristics that are not typically found in traditional-age college students, such as having a spouse or children, working full time, or being a veteran.
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Designing Quality Classes That Meet the Needs of Nontraditional Learners
The increasing and majority population of college students who have at least one of the following criteria: 25 or older; single parents; dependents; part-time students; a GED; delayed college attendance; financial independence; and full-time employment.
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The Cost of Convenience: How Does Distance Education Mix with the Modern-Day Student?
Bean and Metzner (1985) define nontraditional students as a population including: Students age 25 or older, part-time enrolled students, commuter students.
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Adult Learning Theories and Principles
The increasing and majority population of college students who have at least one of the following criteria: 25 or older; single parents; dependents; part-time students; a GED; delayed college attendance; financial independence; and full-time employment.
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Expanding the Role of Community Colleges With Workforce Baccalaureate Programs
Students over the age of 24, and/or with external obligations that create barriers or challenges to attend college.
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Stress and Mental Health: The Benefits of Resiliency in Nontraditional Students
The increasing and majority population of college students who have at least one of the following criteria: 25 or older; single parents; dependents; part-time students; a GED; delayed college attendance; financial independence; and full-time employment.
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Negotiating Virtual Identity in an Age of Globalization
A term used to label a student that is not attending college right out of high school. Synonymous with adult student and re-entry student, the term is typically used to describe a much older student attending college for the first time or returning after an extended period of time.
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Online Education and Flexible Learning Options: How Nontraditional Learners Are Meeting Their Educational Goals
The increasing and majority population of college students who have at least one of the following criteria: 25 or older; single parents; dependents; part-time students; a GED; delayed college attendance; financial independence; and full-time employment.
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