Association for Nontraditional Students in Higher Education (ANTSHE)

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It's National Nontrad Student Week! How are you celebrating your Nontrads?

November 1st - 7th

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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.

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The Association for Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education (ANTSHE) and its affiliated colleges, universities, and nontraditional students share a focus on providing key resources, research, and support for faculty and adult students at colleges and universities across the country. Read More...

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The ANTSHE Community is focused on connecting administrators, advisors, faculty, and other leaders in higher education to one of their most valuable resource: nontraditional students. Learn More...

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The ANTSHE Conference is the industry’s leading organization focusing on adult learners and their success. Connect with the brightest, most engaged community in the industry that will help you develop effective programs, provide support and resources for nontraditional students, and increase retention. For nontraditional students, this is the only conference that allows you to present your ideas and research to highly trained and educated individuals, and helps you to learn the tools you need to succeed in your educational journey. Read More...

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It's National Nontrad Week! November 1st - 7th

How will you celebrate your Nontrads?

National Nontraditional Student Week is for many colleges and universities across the country, a time to recognize and celebrate their nontraditional student population. The number of nontraditional students attending college on campus and online is the fastest 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?  Click on the link below to learn more about Nontrad Week and for a list of activities that you can do to celebrate your Nontrads! 

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Due to Covid-19 we were not able to hold our annual conference as scheduled. We are currently working on ways to improve your ANTSHE experience. Check back for conference updates. 

"Disrupt the System…Move from Access to Success for the Non-Traditional Student"

On behalf of the ANTSHE Board of Directors, it is with great honor to congratulate the ANTSHE Scholarship and Award Winners for 2020! Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we were not able to hold our annual conference as planned and celebrate our scholarship winners. Although we were not able to celebrate our winners in Indianapolis, we all celebrate and cheer for their win. ANTSHE Scholarship Winners are selected based on their individual financial need, contributions to their campus and community, and their nontraditional student characteristics.

The scholarship winners for 2020 are as follows:

This year we also recognize Marsha Goolesby-Barker and the Adult Student Services at Chattanooga State Community College, winner of the 2020 Award for “Outstanding Foundation & Leadership for Nontrad Students.” This award is presented to a college or university adult learner program for their outstanding support for nontraditional students. The winner of this award provides the foundation and leadership needed for nontrad success, through resources, programs, tools, motivation, support, and a conducive learning environment that encourages learning and educational success. This award aligns with ANTSHE's mission to provide motivation and support not only to nontraditional students but also the colleges/universities, and the people who support them in various ways. Congratulations Marsha and the Adult Student Services at Chattanooga State Community College.

ANTSHE Awards promote nontraditional student success in higher education by recognizing individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to create adult learner programs and environments that encourage, motivate, and provide the resources and aide needed for adult learner success. ANTSHE recognizes individuals and adult learner programs that exemplify the highest standards and organizations that have conducted activities to promote and expand adult learner programs. Award winners serve as inspirational leaders to ANTSHE: they embody the core values of serving nontraditional students and being committed to ANTSHE.

We thank our members, for their continued support of nontraditional students and of ANTSHE.  As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and ALL-Volunteer organization, we rely on the support of you, our members, and those who attend our annual conferences to help fund the scholarship program and other programs that benefit nontraditional students across the country. Without our members, our conference, and ability to provide scholarships and awards would not be possible. We look forward to another exciting year at ANTSHE and hope that you will consider nominating an individual or adult learner program for the 2021 ANTSHE Conference Awards program and consider attending our next conference, check our website at, details coming soon. 

We invite you to visit the Annual Conference page. Learn more about the 2020 Award and Scholarship winners, and check out past winners of the ANTSHE Awards and Scholarships by visiting SCHOLARSHIPS & AWARDS.


Although we were not able to hold our annual conferences in Indianapolis this past April, we hope that you will take a moment to visit our 2019 ANTSHE Conference Recap to learn more about our conference, watch videos, review the conference program, and access resources from the event.  2019 ANTSHE Conference Recap

2019 Conference Program

Learn more about the ANTSHE Conference experience. Check out the conference schedule, keynote speakers, presenters, and events from the 2019 ANTSHE Conference in Orlando.

2019 Conference Program Final.pdf

2019 Digital Review

ANTSHE members have free access to video recordings of over 40 keynote and forum sessions.

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2019 Conference Resources

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2020 ANTSHE Award Winners!

The award for "Outstanding Foundation & Leadership for Nontrads" presented to Marsha Goolesby-Barker and the Adult Student Services at Chattanooga State Community College.

2020 Scholarship Winners:

-Kazimour ScholarshipLaShara SmithAiken Technical College

-Kazimour ScholarshipElham Abraham, Oswego University

-ANTSHE Board ScholarshipMichelene Williams-Nicholas, Central Piedmont Community College

-President's Scholarship: Napoleon Butler, Liberty University

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