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ERIC Number: ED319455
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Oct-13
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Empowering the Nontraditional Student through Adult-Specific Programming.
Porter, Jeffrey L.
Many community college student activities and programs focus on programming for the traditional college-aged student. However, appropriate support and meaningful extra-curricular activities are also needed for the ever-increasing number of adult students. Specially designed activities for adult students can be very helpful in: (1) integrating the adult into the campus environment; (2) building self-esteem; (3) fostering camaraderie among adults; and (4) assisting adults to deal with the unique demands and constraints they face when attending college. Targeted for older students, Nontraditional Students Organizations (NTSO's) will serve a large segment of the student body, aid in retention, serve as an advocacy group, and augment the existing student activities program. When forming an NTSO, care should be taken to recognize adults' time constraints and plan convenient meeting times; include significant others in organizational activities; develop a calendar of events for the full semester; communicate via direct correspondence rather than bulletin boards; and plan appropriate events. The NTSO should develop a constitution, organize meetings to maximize attendance, elect officers, and build in some form of recognition for members. The NTSO at Patrick Henry Community College is involved in fund-raising efforts, social functions, community services, and special projects, such as the development of a used book network, a child care needs assessment survey, and a scholarship program. (WJT)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A