Integration of higher education


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This study explores barriers of non-traditional students in a rural area in pursuing their academic career by comparing non-traditional students to traditional students in terms of their academic experience.

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Integration of higher education

  1. 1. Sam Houston State University <br />Integration of Higher Education <br /> in a Rural Area <br />: Comparison of Traditional and <br />Non-traditional Students<br />Eunjin Hwang<br />
  2. 2. Introduction<br /><ul><li>73% of students in U.S higher education is </li></ul> non-traditional students.<br />
  3. 3. 1. Definitionof Non-traditional Student<br />NCEBprovides the definition of non-traditional students by six characteristics. <br />Source: U.S. Department of Education, NCES. <br />National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS) 2000 <br />
  4. 4. According to data analysis of NCEB, the most common characteristic of non-traditional students is financially independent, attend part time, and delayed enrollment. Also, within public 2 –year institution, highly non-traditional students are highly distributed. <br />Figure 1. Percentage of students with nontraditional characteristics 1992-1993 and 1999-2000<br />Figure 2. Percentage distribution of undergraduates according to their student status, by type of institution: 1999–2000<br />Total<br />Source : NCES. National Postsecondary Student Aid Study 2000 <br />Source : NCES. National Postsecondary Student Aid Study 2000 <br />
  5. 5. 2. Social Factors<br />
  6. 6. What is the problem?<br />1. Non-traditional students have barriers in pursuing their academic career.<br />Financial poverty<br />Time poverty<br /> - Work full time<br /> - Multiple roles <br />Institutional Barriers<br /> -Learning the rules of academia<br /> - Reading and writing assignment, etc.<br />
  7. 7. 2. Non traditional students from low socioeconomic (LSES) backgrounds are more likely to have intensified barriers. <br />3. University students from a LSES background often belong to multiple equity group, the most common of which is living in a rural or isolated area. <br />
  8. 8. The Purpose of the Study is..<br />
  9. 9. Research Question<br />1. How institutional rhetoric of higher education is differently experienced by traditional students and non-traditional students in the first academic year ? <br /> 2. What barriers are experienced by non-traditional students in a rural area?<br />
  10. 10. Significance of This Study<br />This study examines barriers of non traditional students by comparing the difference of academic experience in higher education between non-traditional students and traditional students.<br />Previous studies examined barriers based on qualitative method approach. This study focus on non-traditional students, particularly in a rural area based on quantitative method approach. <br />
  11. 11. Theoretical Framework<br /> 1. Tinto’s Model of Student Retention<br />Figure 4. Tinto, V. Dropout from Higher Education (1975) <br /><ul><li>Criticism: The validity generalizing its constructs to explain attrition among non-traditional students since the model was developed mostly in relation to traditional students and residential academic context.</li></li></ul><li>2. Revised Model : Rovai’s model for adult dropouts <br />l--------------Prior to the course -------------------------l<br />l-----------------During the course------------------l<br />Learner Characteristic<br /><ul><li>Age
  12. 12. Gender
  13. 13. Education
  14. 14. Employment status</li></ul>External factors<br />-Scheduling conflicts<br />-Family issues<br />-Financial problems<br />-Managerial support<br />-Personal issues(<br />Dropout/<br />Persistence<br />Internal factors<br /><ul><li>Social integration
  15. 15. Academic integration</li></ul> ( instructor follow-up, activity <br /> level, instructional design, <br /> assignment level, etc. )<br /><ul><li>Technology/technical/usability </li></ul> issues<br /><ul><li>Lack of motivation</li></ul>Learner Skills<br />
  16. 16. Conclusion<br />1. Non traditional students, particularly of low socioeconomic status in a rural area experience intensified study barriers.<br /> 2. To reduce the rate of attrition and support non-traditional students, institutional support such as financial aids and counseling services, etc. should be provided.<br />
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