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ERIC Number: ED495297
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Nov
Pages: 12
Abstractor: Author
An Integrative Framework: Meeting the Needs of the New-Traditional Student
Purslow, Vicki T.; Belcastro, Amy
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (Chicago, IL, Nov 2006)
Background: Universities of the 21st century have a new majority in the non-traditional student. Today, the non-traditional student represents 73% of all undergraduate students, making this group the New-Traditional student. Despite this shift in demographics, there remains a paucity of theories that can assist colleges and universities in the recruitment and retention of this new majority population. Purpose: The purpose of this paper was to present an integrated framework that depicts the institution's role in supporting the success of the new-traditional student. Findings: Upon a review of literature, the authors created an Integrative Framework for the New Traditional Student. The Framework has three components: relationships, foundational needs, and relevance. The new-traditional student music have all three, and each must be sustained throughout the entire time the student is working towards the goal of degree completion. Conclusion: Institutions of higher education must consider three questions, each from the perspective of the New-Traditional Student: (1) What are my foundational needs and how will they be met?; (2) What relationships will support my goals?; and (3) Is the program relevant to my career goals? It is hoped that the integrative framework will promote dialogue around the institution's philosophy and direction and engage the stakeholders in conversations that will set the context in which our New-Traditional students live their lives while acknowledging both the possibilities and constraints that they experience in their daily lives. Citation: Belcastro, A. & Purslow, V. (2006, November). "An integrative framework: Meeting the needs of the new-traditional student." (Contains 5 figures.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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