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November 5-9, 2018

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?  List of Nontrad Week Activities

APRIL 4 – 6, 2019 | Orlando, Florida 

Annual ANTSHE Conference 2019

"Restructuring Higher Education for the Future, Transforming the Traditional College into the Non-Traditional College"

The ANTSHE annual conference, is the only national conference that brings together not only college/university administrators, advisors, and faculty, but also adult learners and other innovative leaders who provide guidance, support, and advocate for them. The ANTSHE conference provides attendees with the opportunity to experience engaging content, networking, and valuable, high quality education. 

ANTSHE promises in 2019 to deliver the same kind of high quality conference experience that our attendees have come to expect, with more than 60 presentations by colleagues representing all sectors of higher education, roundtable discussions, an academic leadership panel featuring some of the top leaders in higher education today,  and an Exhibit Hall featuring the latest tools and resources for colleges/universities who support adult learners. Did I mention that the ANTSHE conference also holds a student leadership panel discussion as well? Our adult learners not only attend, but they also participate, and they provide us with even more insight into their lives and what was/is required in order for them to reach their educational degree goals.

News & Events

ANTSHE In The News

Is college enrollment among older adults increasing? Depends who you ask 


August 24, 2018

More than 19 million undergraduate students are enrolled in colleges and universities for fall 2018, according to a report this week from the National Center for Education Statistics, and many of them are adults aged 25 and older... 

We were very honored to be interviewed for this article on the nontraditional learner and the challenges of identifying the best college fit for the adult learner. This article is especially relevant and important as the population of the “new” traditional student continues to grow as well as their unique needs in order to be successful. Check it out!


Older students should research schools' career services divisions before deciding where they'll enroll, says one expert.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A NON-TRADITIONAL STUDENT? If you are considering attending college in a less than typical way, you may be wondering if you fall into the category of non-traditional students. Although there is not a one size fits all definition, students categorized in this manner are typically older than average undergraduate students. They may face unique challenges as college students because of their age and their particular life situations. Read more...

Dr. Viar, President of ANTSHE was recently interviewed by Chris Couch at regarding some of the challenges of the returning nontraditional student.  Article: How do I go back to college? A step-by-step guide


Did you miss the Free Webinar? No problem! Become and ANTSHE member and access this webinar and other webinars, resources, white papers and more...

Amy Waninger: Networking Beyond Bias: How to Break Out, Break In, and Break Through, August 23, 2018, 1:00pm ET

Is your professional network as diverse as the workforce and community around you? If not, you could be missing important opportunities for your career and your company. Learn about the challenges we all face in making meaningful connections, the impacts of these missed connections, and how to recognize and overcome them. This session will help you remove the artificial barriers that may be keeping you from your next mentor, star hire, or big customer.

Outcomes:- Understand the role unconscious bias plays in everyday decision-making - Recognize how you may be engaging in and affected by affinity bias - Identify inclusive behaviors and effective networking strategies - Develop a personalized action plan. 



At ANTSHE, we are always on the lookout for resources and learning opportunities that would benefit our members. If you have a webinar that you believe could benefit adult learners or those who support adult learners (i.e., administrators, advisors, faculty, other support networks), please email:

If you have an event that you would like ANTSHE to share with others? We love to hear about all of the good things our colleges and universities are doing to support nontraditional students. Let us celebrate with you! Please send us an email and we'll be happy to post your event. 


Enrollment Management: How to Improve Student Retention and Student Success

Please join Dr. Robert Hill as he discusses the critical issue of improving student  retention and what specific strategies your institution’s enrollment management plan should include. 


  • What are some of the theories and trends in the specialized niche area and what have we learned from all the research?
  • What are the main factors keeping students (both traditional and nontraditional) from persisting?
  • How do you manage the enrollment funnel?
  • Are your students engaged in educationally-purposeful activities, both inside and outside the classroom?
  • Who is responsible for student retention and do the faculty play a role?
  • Does the process of student retention differ in different institutional settings, residential and non-residential, two and four year, etc.?

Who Should Attend? College and university administrators, attorneys representing colleges and universities, deans, admissions officers, student affairs personnel.

 Learn More...

News & Updates

Congratulations ANTSHE Scholarship & Award Winners for 2018!

-Tracy Sullivan, Johnson C. Smith University

-Deborah Huber, Idaho State University

-Chrissy Ryan, UMASS Amherst

-Esther Levy, Touro College

Dr. Tricia Berry, Kaplan University wins President's Award!

A.N.T.S Alliance of Non-Traditional, College of Southern Nevada wins the Nontrad Student-Friendly Award!

Get Ready! We are already looking ahead to ANTSHE CONFERENCE 2019

Visit for more information about our upcoming conference in Orlando!

Registration Open!

APRIL 4-6, 2019

Nontrad Student News

Congratulations Kennesaw State University!

On April 12, 2018, Kennesaw State University's Adult Learner Center was recognized for their distinguished achievement and exemplary service by the University System of Georgia. Congratulations and Thank You for your support of Nontraditional Students! 

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Scholarship Winners 2018                 

Check out the winners of the 2018 ANTSHE scholarships. Thanks to our members and sponsors of the 2018 ANTSHE conference. Because of your support we awarded 4 Nontraditional Students with scholarships for 2018-2019 School Year! 

Award Winner                             

Congratulations Dr. Tricia Berry, Associate Dean and Director for Clinical and Practicum Programs at Purdue Global was selected as the recipient of the President's Award for her support of non-traditional students and of ANTSHE.

ANTSHE Alumni Success Spotlighted in Newspaper                                           

Click on the link below to read about an ANTSHE Alumni about her professional and academic success story.

Johnson C. Smith University Student Support!                                               

Here's another great example of Nontraditional Student support! Thanks Johnson C. Smith University for your support of Nontraditional Students! Check out this video: ANTSHE Achieve


Each year ANTSHE presents an award to a college/university that is considered to be the most Nontraditional Student-Friendly. Colleges and Universities from across the country compete and submit their nominations for the Nontrad-Friendly Award. ANTSHE Nontrad-Friendly schools have demonstrated their commitment to helping nontraditional students succeed. They go above and beyond to provide services and support that meets the needs of the nontraditional student demographic on and off-campus. 

Click here for more information about how you can be more Nontrad-Friendly. 

Congratulations the A.N.T.S Alliance of Non-Traditional. Students at the College of Southern Nevada

The 2018 Winner of the Nontrad-Student Friendly Award! Thank you College of Southern Nevada for your support of nontraditional students!

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