Non- or Post-Traditional College Students: Characteristics and Support Strategies for Success (EDU289C)

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Event Details
  • Pre-recorded Webinar
  • 60 minutes
  • Wed, February 28, 2018
Event Description

Support Strategies for Retention and Success of Post-Traditional College Students

Colleges today are experiencing changing demographics, one of which is the number of students attending college, who are of 25 years of age or older. At some community colleges, the average student age is 26 years. This population of students, sometimes called non-traditional/adult learner/or post-traditional students, has specific needs. To recruit and retain these students, colleges need to implement strategies and support programs that help them to be successful.

Join this session, where expert speaker Joanne K. Damminger, Ed.D. will define the population of students known as non-traditionals/post-traditionals/or adult learners. Joanne will describe the characteristics of these students, and the specific needs related to this population. You will get strategies for support programs to assist these students towards retention and completion. Joanne will offer ideas to create a welcoming environment for post-traditional students and strategies to assist post-traditional students to be successful.

Joanne will assist higher education professionals in understanding the specific characteristics and needs of the population of college students who are 25 years of age or older and are identified as non- or post-traditional students. The session will offer ideas for assisting this population with support programs to increase their rate of success and the ability to complete college.

Session Objectives

With this session, you will be able to:

  • Build rapport with post-traditional students
  • Discuss this population with colleagues
  • Understand the needs of post-traditional students
  • Design programs to support post-traditional students
  • Have increased awareness of post-traditional students in college

Session Highlights

This session will cover:

  • Terms to refer to non-traditional and post-traditional students
  • Characteristics of post-traditional students
  • Suggestions for ways to identify their needs at each college
  • Research about this population
  • Strategies to support post-traditional students
  • Ideas of programs to support post-traditional students

Who Should Attend

  • Student affairs administrators
  • Student affairs staff
  • Financial aid staff
  • Student life staff
  • Advisors
  • Admissions staff

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About Our Speaker(s)

Dr. Joanne K. Damminger
Joanne Damminger is currently an adjunct professor at Wilmington University in Delaware in the Doctoral Program in Higher Education Leadership and Innovation. She is also an adjunct at Rowan University in New Jersey teaching in the Masters in Higher Education Program. One of the courses she teaches is "Academic Advisin... More info