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It's Almost National Nontraditional Student Week! Let us know how your college or university celebrates your nontradiational students.

National Nontrad Week is November 4-10!

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?  List of Nontrad Week Activities

We recognize the following colleges and universities for their Nontraditional Student Week activities and sharing them with the ANTSHE community. 

Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society, Bellevue University, SUNY Cortland, The EvoLLLution, Granite State College, Nontraditional Student Association Utah State University, College of Southern Nevada, Kennesaw University, Graduate! RI, LaGuardia Community College.

Thank You Missouri State University! Winner of the 2019 ANTSHE Award for Outstanding Foundation & Leadership for Nontrads!

Here are just some of the ways that Missouri State University celebrated their nontraditional students during National Nontrad Week.

Presented awards throughout the week to various offices and staff/faculty members on campus who have consistently supported and gone above and beyond to improve processes and the experience for nontraditional students on campus. 

Published student spotlights each day of the week that shared a different nontraditional student’s story each day

Celebrated at the end of the week with a snack stop including donuts, hot chocolate and coffee


Our Nontraditional Student Organization also presented awards to individuals on campus that they valued (a groundskeeper, BearLine (shuttle) driver, and a math instructor

What a great way to show support for your Nontraditional Students! 

ANTSHE In The News

ANTSHE has been featured in U.S. News & World Report, the Hechinger Report, USA Today, and Inside Higher Ed and is recognized as a leader and subject matter expert in higher education and the nontraditional student!


College orientation on the rise for adult learners Read Inside Higher Ed Article...


Is a College Degree Still Necessary in Today’s Economy? Read Education and Career News USA Today article...


A College Guide for Nontraditional Students Read US News & World Report article...

Mom works on college assignment while cuddling with infant daughter


3 Myths About Online Education Read Education and Career News article...


Is college enrollment among older adults increasing? Depends who you ask Read The Hechinger Report article...


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 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

Share your event with ANTSHE

Send your adult learner news and/or event to Lori Viar at 


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 Award for "Outstanding Foundation & Leadership for Nontrads." Nominees 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. 

The award for "Outstanding Foundation & Leadership for Nontrads" was presented to Jaime Ross and The Adult Student Services at Missouri State University

Congratulations and THANK YOU Jaime Ross and Missouri State University! 

The winner of the Award for Outstanding Foundation & Leadership for Nontrads receives a FREE one year ANTSHE Institutional Membership, an article in the upcomining issue of ANTSHE's nationwide publication the Nontrad Journal, and bragging rights for a year! 

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. 

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On August 23rd, Amy Waninger, founder of Lead at any Level, LLC., conducted our first live webinar titled, "Networking Beyond Bias: How to Break Out, Break In, and Break Through." Amy discussed some of the challenges we all face in making meaningful connections, the impacts of these missed connections, and how to recognize and overcome them. This webinar provided us with a better understanding of the role unconscious bias plays in everyday decision-making. If you are interested in learning more about this topic, please contact Amy Waninger at 

ANTSHE hosted a webinar led by Dr. Robert Hill, Nova Southeastern University, Abraham S. Fischler College of Education, on September 27th. Dr. Hill discussed the critical issue of improving student retention and what specific strategies your institution’s enrollment management plan should include. He began the webinar by discussing theories and trends and what we have learned from research, then discussed how to manage the enrollment funnel, who is responsible for student retention and the role of faculty. He also explains how the process of student retention differs in different institutional settings, residential and non-residential, two and four year, etc. If you missed the webinar, you may access the recorded version below:

Enrollment Management: How to Improve Student Retention and Student Success Webinar

Dr. Robert Hill,,  @EdProfessRobert 

Are you hosting a webinar or on campus event that you would like ANTSHE to promote? Are you interested in hosting a webinar? 

Send Us an email for more information or to have ANTSHEpromote your webinar or on campus event.

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



There are currently no upcoming webinars, but 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:

News & Updates

Congratulations ANTSHE Scholarship & Award Winners for 2019!

-Molly Mcguire, Ball State University

-Rodney Farmer Edward, College of Osteopathic Medicine

-Tiffany McCloskey, NorthWest Arkansas Community College

-Glynis Boyd Hughes, Virginia Commonwealth University

-Jason Ponte, Purdue University Global

Dr. Maria Gambuzza, Strayer University wins President's Award!

Nontrad Military Service Award presented to Marc Barker and Tim Weddington, Adult Learner and Veteran Services, Colorado State University

Student Recognition Award presented to Shannon Brumfield, Strayer University

Award for "Outstanding Foundation & Leadership for Nontrads" presented to Jaime Ross and The Adult Student Services at Missouri State University

Get Ready! We are already looking ahead to ANTSHE CONFERENCE 2020 in Indianapolis, IN

Visit for more information about our next conference in Indianapolis!

APRIL 2-4, 2020

Nontrad Student News

ANTSHE Conference 2019 Award & Scholarship Winners


2019 ANTSHE Award Winners!

ANTSHE President's Award presented to Dr. Maria Gambuzza, Strayer University

Nontrad Military Service Award presented to Marc Barker and Tim Weddington,  Adult Learner and Veteran Services, Colorado State University

Student Recognition Award presented toShannon Brumfield, Strayer University

The award for "Outstanding Foundation & Leadership for Nontrads" presented to Jaime Ross and The Adult Student Services at Missouri State University

2019 Scholarship Winners:

ANTSHE Board Scholarship Winner: Molly Mcguire, Ball State University

The Kazimour Scholarship Winner: Rodney Farmer Edward, College of Osteopathic Medicine

The Kazimour Scholarship Winner: Tiffany McCloskey, NorthWest Arkansas Community College

The Barry Gilmore Scholarship Winner: Glynis Boyd Hughes, Virginia Commonwealth University

The President’s Scholarship Winner: Jason Ponte, Purdue University Global

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

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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