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ERIC Number: EJ1158644
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0737-7363
The Experiences of Nontraditional Students: A Qualitative Inquiry
Bohl, Amanda J.; Haak, Beatriz; Shrestha, Srijana
Journal of Continuing Higher Education, v65 n3 p166-174 2017
The number of nontraditional students enrolled in higher education is rising, but retention of these students is a challenge. This study used a qualitative framework to examine the experiences of nontraditional undergraduate students in a university setting. Nine participants completed open-ended questionnaires, and we transcribed and coded the responses for themes. When discussing their experiences, participants spoke of five overarching themes: motivations to return, academic challenges, generation gap, support systems, and benefits of being a nontraditional student. This study contributes to the literature, providing insight to the overall collegiate experience of degree-seeking, nontraditional students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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