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ERIC Number: EJ1055315
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1941-3432
The Success of Nontraditional College Students in an IT World
Henson, Amy R.
Research in Higher Education Journal, v25 Sep 2014
The purpose of this research was to determine the extent that computer-related factors affect the success of nontraditional college students. Since nontraditional students typically have fewer skills than traditionally-aged students, they may be less efficacious regarding their ability to use technology. Unfortunately, such reduced confidence may adversely affect college outcomes for students and ultimately, successful employment. When students enter the classroom, they often find that course requirements include considerable amounts of computer use. Therefore, in addition to learning specific course content, nontraditional students must also learn how to operate computers and conduct Internet research. Such expectations may reduce the potential for college success. Fewer high school graduates and limited numbers of skilled employees are predicted to cause labor shortages in technical fields. The perfect solution for filling this labor gap is older adults who are waiting longer to retire. Many adults are returning to college to obtain skills to begin second careers or to expand existing employment opportunities. It is critical for leaders of higher education institutions to understand the special characteristics of these students to increase their opportunities for success.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges; Adult Education
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Language: English
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