Monday, December 12, 2016

UIS Chancellor Susan Koch: Nontraditional becoming traditional at UIS - Susan Koch, State Journal Register

Adult learners, sometimes referred to as "nontraditional students," have been a growing presence on college campuses for several years. That is certainly true at the University of Illinois Springfield, where, almost 41 percent of UIS undergraduate students this year are over the age of 24. According to Vickie Cook, director of the Center for Online Learning, Research and Service, about 1,500 students are pursuing their degrees online at UIS this year, which allows them to schedule time to study and participate in coursework based on their individual schedules. "Our faculty design online courses that engage students and promote a learning community," says Cook, "and online program coordinators provide sustained support and services to ensure a positive learning experience, and ultimately, program completion." Looking at the trending demographics of today's college student body, nontraditional may, in fact, become the new traditional.

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