Sunday, October 16, 2016

Is it time to rethink the term nontraditional student? - MERIS STANSBURY, eCampus News

NCES data shows that institutions have been scrambling to accommodate massive numbers of nontraditional students. Should higher education rethink what makes a “traditional” student today? Data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) on students applying for financial aid highlight the ever-increasing need for colleges and universities to diversify their programs and make more available online education. The data, culled from the most recent student financial aid information (2011-12), and discussed in the NCES brief, “Demographic and Enrollment Characteristics of Nontraditional Undergraduates,” examines prevailing characteristics in enrolling students, and argues that knowledge of these characteristics should further urge institutions to diversify their services.

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