Educating Nontraditional Students
August 13, 2014 - 12:01am

Even if educators frequently use the term “nontraditional students,” the term makes little sense at a growing number of colleges and universities. That’s because the term assumes a dominant population of “traditional” students – 18-22 year-olds who enroll shortly after graduating from a high school that has prepared them well for college. And at many campuses, the unusual students would be those who are thought of as traditional. Further, many campuses that have relied on a traditional population realize that they can no longer find enough such students – so institutional sustainability depends on serving broader cohorts of students. But it’s one thing for a college to say that it wants a broad cross-section of students, and another for a college to actually recruit, retain and graduate these students.

In this free webinar Scott Jaschik and Doug Lederman, editors of Inside Higher Ed, discuss the issues related to the way colleges recruit and retain non-traditional students in higher education.

Click here to download the accompanying slide deck, and visit to download Educating Nontraditional Students, a free booklet of news articles on this important topic.

Inside Higher Ed’s Educating Nontraditional Students webinar is made possible with the support of Smart Degree. 

Captioning for the deaf and hard of hearing is provided by CaptionAccess for all Inside Higher Ed webinars. Transcripts available upon request.

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