Dr. Susan A. Lancaster


FETC Presentation:  January 2016  

Poster Non Traditional Teaching Methods for Non Traditional Students

Non Traditional Teaching Methods for Non Traditional Students

Non Traditional Learners

  • Delays enrollment (does not enter postsecondary education in the same calendar year that he/she finished high school)
  • Attends part-time for at least part of the academic year
  • Does not enroll in a post secondary education directly after high school
  • Enrolls in trade programs rather than degree programs
  • Works full time (35 hours or more per week) while enrolled
  • Is considered financially independent for purposes of determining eligibility for financial aid
  • Has dependents other than a spouse (usually children, but may also be caregivers of sick or elderly family members)
  • Is a single parent (either not married or married but separated and has dependents
  • Does not have a high school diploma (completed high school with a GED or other high school completion certificate or did not finish high school)
  • Many nontraditional students drop out in their first year of study as many nontraditional students find themselves unprepared for the rigors of college level coursework

An adult learner is a person who is 18 years and up who is involved in forms of learning.

According to the Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success, the typical college is student is not an 18 year old, full time student who has limited family and financial obligations.

  • More than 1/3 of undergraduate students were over the age of 25, nearly 25% were parents and half of those parents were single parents
  • Part time enrollment, by some definitions a determining factor of non-traditional status, may account for a large portion of college students.       Forty-six percent of postsecondary students were enrolled part time
  • A considerably higher percentage of part-time students are enrolled in 2 year colleges compared to public four year institutions


References: National Center for Education Statistics. “Nontraditional Undergraduates”, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education (p.2). Access 17 June 2013 (

















































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