Skip to main content
Western Kentucky University

Introduction - Nontraditional Student Fall 2007 - FaCET


Nontraditional Students

Fall 2007


Presented By:

Jim Berger, Associate Professor, Special Instructional Programs



Many of you have already faced students who are not like the typical 18-22 year old students we most often see in our classroom. These students, known as non-traditional students, are those that don’t fit the mold of the “regular” student because they may be working full time, be married or a parent, be older, poorer, have a disability, or come from a family that has not experienced college before. Because they face different issues than traditional students, this group is often identified as non-traditional students, or “non-trads”.

The focus of this discussion will be on the characteristics of non-trads and how to work with them in your classrooms. One of the things they face that traditional students don’t normally have to face is the high demands of outside life in addition to college. Working, parenting, or married students often face external demands of their time that at times conflict with the academic and social demands of college life. On a positive side, non-trads bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the classroom and can bring a real-world view to the often abstract information they are learning.






Learning Objectives
Who Are The Students?
Issues and Challenges
Faculty Support Ideas
Discussion Questions
Student Diversity Topics
FaCET Home
WKU Home

The Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching -- Phone (270) 745-6508 -- Fax (270) 745-6145.
Location: 1783 Chestnut Street, Bowling Green, KY 42101.
Mailing Address: 1906 College Heights Blvd #11095, Bowling Green, KY 42101-1095.
Page created date: October 21, 2002; Last modified: November 19, 2007.
Site created: July 1996. All contents © since 1996.

This page is in compliance with Section 508 and W3C Priority-I guidelines.
If you find it to be inaccessible, please contact the Webmaster with the URL.

Note: documents in Portable Document Format (PDF) require Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher to view,
download Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Note: documents in Excel format (XLS) require Microsoft Viewer,
download excel.

Note: documents in Word format (DOC) require Microsoft Viewer,
download word.

Note: documents in Powerpoint format (PPT) require Microsoft Viewer,
download powerpoint.

Note: documents in Quicktime Movie format [MOV] require Apple Quicktime,
download quicktime.

 Last Modified 9/25/14