ERIC Number: ED207450
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Nontraditional, Female, Commuter Students: Coping with College.
Rogers, George W., Jr.
The unique needs of nontraditional, female, commuter students at Northern Kentucky University were examined as a result of active recruitment of nontraditional students in the dwindling market for traditional college students. Women over the age of 25 are entering Northern Kentucky University, bringing unique personal and career problems. Problem areas include: (1) an undue amount of self-inflicted pressure to have all A grades, (2) test anxiety, and (3) a lack of emotional and/or physical support from family members. Northern Kentucky University is attempting to be supportive by offering counseling on realistic academic goals for persons whose academic skills may be rusty from lack of use; on reduction of test anxiety through rational-emotive therapy, relaxation training, systematic desensitization, and the Learning Assistance Center with reading, writing, mathematics, and study skill tutoring; and on family support of the female returning to the campus. A family meeting or council may be necessary as a period of exchanging ideas and as a time to outline goals, dreams, and the need for family support. It is argued that the nontraditional student needs an extensive period of orientation to college with an emphasis on setting realistic academic goals. In addition, campus support groups and counseling groups may be useful for intervention with possible family difficulties resulting from this quest for higher education. The students who can take hold of their lives, realistically evaluate their skills and capabilities, and utilize campus resources can probably overcome most adversities and make their college experience both positive and fruitful. (CC)
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