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ANTSHE's mission is to provide scholarship opportunities, academic resources, and motivational support for non-traditional students, and to celebrate, and to build on the network of faculty, administrators, and advisors that work with and inspire non-traditional students to succeed.

ANTSHE News & Updates


-See ANTSHE Vice President, Todd Powell, Membership Officer, Dr. Steve Frye, and ANTSHE's newest board member, John Bannister, Scholarship Officer, at the AAACE Conference in Albuquerque, NM!/"> More...

-John Bannister from Johnson C. Smith University has been named ANTSHE Scholarship Officer and Barry Gilmore, from Central Piedmont Community College, named as a Board Member More...


-Join Us! Our 20-Year Celebration at the 20th Annual ANTSHE Conference will be held March 23-25, 2017 at Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw GA--Register early

-Submit your nomination for the Adult Learner Program Showcase Contest! The Winner will receive recognition at the 20th Annual ANTSHE Conference and will receive a full page ad showcasing their adult learner program in the next issue of The Nontrad Journal!

Don't miss this opportunity to show other colleges/universities why your program is the best!

-Visit our Conference Recap page to see who the 2016 ANTSHE Awards & Scholarship Winners were! Check out pictures from the conference and learn more about the events that took place at the University of Michigan-Dearborn this past April.

-Check back often for updates on our 2017 ANTSHE Conference, Celebrating 20 Years of helping non-traditional students and academic professionals succeed!

It's  that time of the year again!

Submit your nomination today for the 2016 Adult Learner Program Showcase Contest. The winner will receive a full page ad showcasing their adult learner program in The Nontrad Journal, recognition and an award to be presented at the 2017 Annual ANTSHE Conference. Awards Ceremony held
March 23-25, 2017 at Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia.  Details...


Upcoming events

10/05/2016 (EDT) • Atlanta, Georgia
11/08/2016 (EST) • Albuquerque, NM
03/23/2017 (EDT) • Kennesaw State University


ANTSHE is Celebrating 20 Years! Visit our website throughout the year to learn more about some of the ways we are celebrating our 20th Year of providing support, resources, and scholarships for non-traditional students! 

Want to share a picture or your Information about your NonTrad Organization? 



November 7-11, 2016

National Nontraditional Student Week!

Plans for Nontraditional Student Week are well underway for many colleges and universities across the country, recognizing and celebrating exclusively the nontraditional student population. The number of nontraditional students attending college on campus and online is the fasting growing demographic, according to the Department of Education, NCES. There is a growing demand for programs that focus more on this demographic, now more than ever. How a college or university chooses to provide for their nontraditional students can make the difference between a successful adult learner program or an unsuccessful program. At ANTSHE, the focus has always been on nontraditional students, after all, it's in our name! Not sure how you can celebrate nontraditional students on your campus? 

Here are some ideas to help you celebrate Nontraditional Student Week at your college or university:

-Coffee and donuts are a great start, how about recognizing nontraditional students that go out of their way to help other nontraditional students through support, motivation, guidance?

-Consider celebrating nontraditional students with a an essay contest and the winner gets a money prize, gift card, or gift certificate to a local restaurant or better yet, a kid-friendly restaurant like Monkey Joe's or Chuck E Cheese so that parents can get a little break too. 

-Another great idea is to hold a workshop where nontraditional students can come and get assistance with financial aid, job placement, resume writing, technology and computer assistance, homework help, and so on. 

-Consider hosting a party in honor of nontraditional students and invite their families and have games, prizes, inflatables or entertainment,  so the whole family can enjoy.

-How about recognizing specific faculty or administration who have had a direct impact on the lives of adult students at your college or university? Present them with an award or gift card as a sign of appreciation.

-Pizza and family movie night with popcorn, drinks, candy, the works!

-Who says that celebrating your nontraditional students has to only happen one week a year, why not start a campaign to host monthly gatherings for nontraditional students and their families. 

These are just a few of the ways that you can show appreciation for and recognize the nontraditional students on your campus and demonstrate your commitment to their educational success. BUT, another way that you can show you support your nontraditional students and truly care about their success and well-being means taking nontraditional student week a "step" further! Here's how:

"Step" into Nontraditional Student week by partnering with the Association for Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education (ANTSHE) in hosting a fundraising event at your college/university to raise money and encourage good health. 

Organize a Run/Walk, Bike or Swim Event

Need some ideas for your run/walk? Check out these ideas for your event. This is a great way to show your unique style. How will you celebrate Nontrad Week? Consider participating in this first-ever event: "Tread for Nontrads"

Schedule your Tread for Nontrads Event for Nontraditional Student Week November 7-11, 2016

-5k Run/Walk

-Bike or swim event

Fun Themed Event:

-Pajama-Thon (walk/run in pj's)

-Moonlight walk/run

-Family Walk-A-Thon

-Clown race

-Dog Walk

-Walk a mile in my shoes (here's a twist, have administrators walk as nontrads with books, kids, strollers, backpacks, let your imagination guide you).

A fundraising partnership with ANTSHE will help to raise money for your adult learner program to help pay for events celebrating nontraditional students on your campus, or use the proceeds to help offset the cost of registration or travel expenses for your nontraditional students to attend the ANTSHE Conference! We can't think of a better way to show appreciation for your nontraditional students than to help them to be able to attend the ONLY conference dedicated exclusively to supporting nontraditional students and their SUCCESS! 

ANTSHE can help support your fundraising event in many ways. For more information about partnering with ANTSHE for fundraising events, 

Contact: Lee Viar at 301-992-2901 or email:

Take your Nontraditional Student Week celebration one step further- Send us your pictures and we'll post them on our website, Twitter and Facebook! Who will be the most Nontrad-Student Friendly college or university?

Don't forget to register for the 2017 ANTSHE Conference where we have dedicated 3-Full Days to educating others on ways to engage nontraditional students, utilize new technology in the classroom, design programs that focus on the needs of the nontraditional student, addressing nontraditional student issues, and researching ways to improve programs across the country and advocate for nontraditional students. 

Coming to the Atlanta-Metro Area!

Demonstrations | Training | Innovative Technology


Join Us!

ANTSHE is celebrating 20 Years! Our 20-Year Celebration of Non-Traditional Students and The Colleges and Universities that have helped adult learners succeed, will be held on March 23-25 at Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw GA. 

LEARN & ENGAGE   with breakout sessions, roundtable discussions, poster sessions, nontrad student forum, college/university president's forum, other networking opportunities

NETWORK  with leaders in higher education, administrators, faculty, advisors, non-traditional students, and ANTSHE Board Members and volunteers

COLLABORATE   with leaders of Adult Learner Programs and organizations whose focus is adult learner success

AWARDS & SCHOLARSHIPS    presented to leaders of adult learner programs, and to colleges/universities. Scholarships are awarded annually and exclusively to ANTSHE student members.

For more information visit: 2017 ANTSHE Conference

Please help us celebrate our 20th Year by taking advantage of the opportunity to participate in the ANTSHE 20/20 CAMPAIGN - In celebration of our 20th Year, ANTSHE hopes to raise enough funds to present 20 Scholarships to 20 Nontrads! 

Join us and make a difference in the life of a non-traditional student

We congratulate our most recent scholarship winners: Tenera Armbrister-Carey, Amanda Condon, April Farley, and Belinda White! You do not need to provide a scholarship to celebrate non-traditional students. We invite you to help us celebrate non-traditional students by simply attending our 20th Platinum Celebration of ANTSHE at Kennesaw State University in March 2017!  

Thank you in advance for your support of the ANTSHE 20/20 Campaign to raise money to provide scholarships to nontraditional students and help them achieve their educational dream. 

Contributions to the ANTSHE 20/20 Campaign are tax deductible ANTSHE 501(c)3.pdf




Scholarships are awarded to nontrads that have contributed to the enrichment of their college and/or local community and demonstrate their continued contribution to their college and community.

ANTSHE seeks to promote leadership and campus involvement, academic and personal success, and community engagement by offering scholarships to its student members. An active ANTSHE membership is required for the scholarship applicants.


ANTSHE members enjoy exclusive access to academic  research and resources, discounted fees, access to academic professionals and ANTSHE's newsletter.

ANTSHE members can attend the annual conference at a discounted rate, and have the opportunity to have a direct impact on the organization with voting privileges for ANTSHE board member positions.




ANTSHE holds an annual conference every year, and they are hosted by colleges and universities across the country that proudly supports nontraditional students.


He has written numerous books and articles about modern American politics and culture. His most recent book, The Pact: Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich, and the Rivalry that Defined a Generation (Oxford, 2008) examines the polarization of American politics in the 1990s. In addition to his scholarly work, Professor Gillon hosts shows and serves as an on-air consultant for The History Channel. From 1998-2006, he anchored The History Channel Sunday morning current events program, HistoryCENTER. He is currently working on a book/documentary series that will look at critical presidential decisions. He received his Ph.D. from Brown University. 

Submit your Nontrad Friendly School Nomination

Each year, a college/university is recognized for having the most active and vibrant student organization. Student Recognition Awards are presented to the winning school at the annual ANTSHE National Conference. Nominations are accepted throughout the year for recognition in the next year's conference. Maybe your college or university will be recognized!



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