Kristi Hansen, MOL Academic AdvisorSt. Ambrose University
Agenda What defines a non-traditional student? St. Ambrose ACCEL services and structures What do you do at your institution? Resources
Defining Non-Traditional Students The adult-learner The commuter The transfer student The returning student Any student, regardless of age, who has adult responsibilities beyond college classes, and for whom those adult responsibilities take priority in times of crisis.” – NACADA Adult Learner Commission
Defining Non-Traditional Students Living off-campus Parent of 1+ children Working full-time Beyond traditional 18-22 college age Previous college experiences Financially independent
Student Concerns What are the program options? How do I find the schedules? What do I need to know about computers? Where do I get my books? How do I start? How do I pay for it? Who else will be in the classes? Can I do this?
Student Desires Want to be self-directed Want to receive credit for experiences Strive off organization and outlined goals Need to see relevancy and applicability Minimal contact hours away from outside responsibilities Challenging and rewarding experience Complete a degree as soon as possible
St. Ambrose University & ACCEL2009 2885 undergrads; 844 graduates ACCEL – 435 students 22% of these students were under 30 31% between the ages of 30-39 29% between the ages of 40-49 18% between the ages of 50-59 1% over 60 years of age 72% were female and 28% male
ACCEL Structures and Services Convenient Off-site Location Evening/Weekend Classes Adjuncts are Community Professionals Small Class Sizes (18-24) Comfortable Seminar-Style Classrooms and Teamrooms Focus on one class at a time Nine Start Times a Year Multiple Delivery and Course Formats Module Format Individual Degree Plans Discounted Tuition Rates Deferred Employer Payment Plans Recognition Opportunities to Voice Concerns and Opinions
Biggest Challenges Electronic textbooks Increasing student ownership of degree plans Lacking adult student seminar Career focus inventory Organization of priorities Life balance Feeling a part of the SAU campus Connections with main campus departments Tracking retention Mangled Web site
What happens at yourinstitution? How do you treat non-traditional students differently? Is there an importance in doing so? What can we do better? How can this network share ideas more fluidly?
Resources National ACademic ADvisor Association: http://www.nacada.ksu.edu Association for Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education: http://www.antshe.org/ Council for Adult and Experiential Learning: http://www.cael.org American Association for Adult and Continuing Education: www.aaace.org World Wide Learn: www.worldwidelearn.com