Association for Nontraditional Students in Higher Education (ANTSHE)

Celebrating Non-Traditional Students for Over 20 Years!

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Our mission is to provide scholarship opportunities, academic resources, and motivational support for non-traditional students, and to celebrate, and to build on the network of faculty, administrators, and advisors that work with and inspire non-traditional students to succeed.

The Association for Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education (ANTSHE) and its affiliated colleges, universities, and nontraditional students share a focus on providing key resources, research, and support for faculty and adult students at colleges and universities across the country. ANTSHE believes that adult learners reach a higher level of success and completion of their degree programs when they have the support of faculty, administrators, advisors, and other members of their informal support network (i.e., friends, family, colleagues, etc.). As a part of the informal support network, ANTSHE's leadership works with administrators, advisors, faculty and other leaders in higher education to address key factors involving nontraditional students, providing support for these networks to help them to be able to better support adult learners at their colleges and universities. Our publications, resources, outreach programs, and conferences are designed to share successful models and strategies to improve retention and completion rates for adult students. We provide assistance to administrators and faculty members in improving and assessing the adult programs at their institutions. ANTSHE also provides information on the importance of programs that support adult students to state legislatures, private foundations, and government agencies. ANTSHE welcomes academic professionals and nontraditional students from all types of academic institutions. 

ANTSHE is able to achieve its vision through efforts of its membership as organized in a divisional structure that includes nontraditional student members, academic professional membership, and institutional membership. 

Definition of nontraditional student: Researchers generally consider nontraditional students to have the following characteristics: being independent for financial aid purposes, having one or more dependents, being a single caregiver, not having a traditional high school diploma, delaying postsecondary enrollment, attending school part time, and being employed full time (U.S. Dept. of Education, 2017).

The Association for Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education, founded in 1997, is a national organization of individual and institutional members representing more than 500 colleges and universities.

Governance, Membership, Program, and Sources of Support

The Association for Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education is a national 501(c) (3) not-for-profit educational organization. ANTSHE  is governed by a Board of Directors and an Executive Director. Executive Officers who act in a variety of supportive roles are elected by members by nomination. ANTSHE is an organization whose principal support comes from its dues-paying individual and institutional members. Together, these members represent over 500 colleges and universities. Most of our institutional members are private, public, and for-profit colleges and universities, with programs designed to help nontraditional students succeed in achieving their degree goals.  ANTSHE hosts an annual conference at various locations across the country. ANTSHE Conferences bring together administrators, advisors, faculty, nontraditional students, and individuals who provide support in some way to nontraditional students, for three days of networking, collaboration, and learning, with topics and issues impacting this growing population. ANTSHE also produces a quarterly newsletter, eNews page, and an annual publication, The Nontrad Journal, that provides an outlet for research, articles, and information pertaining to the adult student and addressing their needs. ANTSHE also provides a number of professional development events for administrators, advisors, faculty members, and students.



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