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Celebrate National Nontraditional Student Week 

November 4-10

Nontrad Week 2019 Recap


November 5-9, 2019 was National Nontraditional Student Week! 

National Nontraditional Student Week was 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!

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! 

Congratulations Missouri State University!

We were honored to present the award for "Outstanding Foundation & Leadership for Nontrads" to the Adult Student Services at Missouri State University. This award was presented to Jaime Ross, Director of the adult student services, at the 2019 ANTSHE Conference this past April in Orlando.

The adult learner program at this college has proven to be successful at catering to their nontraditional students by designing programs around their nontraditional students' needs, and providing resources, and the support they need to achieve educational success. The Adult Student Services at Missouri State University assists new or returning students 22+ years old who juggle school, work and family obligations! Their support services include advisement, placement testing, registration, scholarship and financial aid opportunities.

Thank You!

For your continued support of nontraditional students and for providing a pathway for their success!

Winners of the award for "Outstanding Foundation & Leadership for Nontrads" are selected annually, based on the programs and support that have a direct impact on the success of nontraditional students on their campus. In order to qualify for the award and be recognized nationally, colleges and universities must meet the criteria outlined in the Nontrad Survey. Is your college or university providing an Outstanding Foundation & Leadership for nontraditional students? Take the Nontrad Survey and find out! You could be recognized at the 2020 ANTSHE Conference in Indianapolis, April 2-4! 

Winners of the Outstanding Foundation & Leadership Award receive a free one-year ANTSHE Institutional Membership (a $395 value), are recognized at the annual conference, are featured in our national journal The Nontrad Journal, and receive a banner and other items to display in recognition of their award. 

Surveys are now being accepted for the 2020 Award for Outstanding Foundation & Leadership. Complete your survey today! Nontrad Survey


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. 

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! 

ANTSHE 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

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

ANTSHE Supports Nontrads

At ANTSHE we are proud to support nontraditional students! We work hard to as advocates for adult learners by providing resources, scholarship opportunities, hold annual conferences to discuss trends, address issues, and provide research and support for that focuses solely on the adult learner. ANTSHE Directors and volunteers are not only advocates for nontrads, but they are/were nontraditional students themselves. They understand the challenges that adult learners face and work hard to find ways to address these challenges in order for them to succeed in reaching their educational goals. We recognize nontraditional students for their on campus work in support of other nontraditional students, and recognize administrators, faculty, and colleges for their direct role and impact on the lives of their nontraditional students on campus. 

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


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