Publications Keying In
November 2002, Volume 13, Number 2
The Changing Teaching Environment
Nontraditional students are becoming more prevalent on campuses across the United States. Thirty years ago, the majority of students at most college campuses were fresh out of high school, white, male, middle class, full-time students. However, the proportion of students who are older, female, Asian, African American, Hispanic, and/or part-time students grew rapidly. According to current enrollment statistics, one-third to one-half of all college students are currently classified as nontraditional and more than half of all graduate students are over 30 years old. Older adults make up the fastest growing segment of the student population in higher education, and this trend is expected to continue well into the middle of the 21st century. In this issue of Keying In, we explore the characteristics of nontraditional students, the risk factors associated with this population of students, and their need for more flexible and convenient kinds of knowledge delivery. We also examine some of the most effective methods for teaching and retaining adult students.
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