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Celebrate National Nontraditional Student Week 

November 1-7


November 1-7, 2021 is National Nontraditional Student Week! 

National Nontraditional Student Week is for many colleges and universities across the country, a time to recognize and celebrate their nontraditional student population. The number of nontraditional students attending college on campus and online is the fastest growing demographic, according to the Department of Education, NCES. There is a growing demand for programs that focus more on this demographic, now more than ever. How a college or university chooses to provide for their nontraditional students can make the difference between a successful adult learner program or an unsuccessful program. At ANTSHE, the focus has always been on nontraditional students, after all, it's in our name! Not sure how you can celebrate nontraditional students on your campus?  List of Nontrad Week Activities

We recognize the following colleges and universities for their Nontraditional Student Week activities and sharing them with the ANTSHE community. 

Chattanooga State Community College, Missouri State University, Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society, Bellevue University, SUNY Cortland, The EvoLLLution, Granite State College, Nontraditional Student Association Utah State University, College of Southern Nevada, Kennesaw University, Graduate! RI, LaGuardia Community College.

Thank You Chattanooga State Community College! Winner of the 2020 ANTSHE Award for Outstanding Foundation & Leadership for Nontrads!

Here are just some of the ways that the Adult Student Services at Chattanooga State Community College celebrates nontrads. 

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Ms. Goolesby-Barker is staying connected with their adult students by offering “Adult Students Group Chat” Sessions, TN Reconnect Info Sessions, and TN Reconnect Updates via WebEx. Several of the students involved in the group chat sessions are “Spire Honor Society” students. Some of these students have also been featured as a “TN Reconnect Tuesday” Student of the Week. Learn more...

What a great way to show support for your Nontraditional Students! 

Colleges who Celebrate Nontrads

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Missouri State is

Berea College is

University of North Texas is

So are...

University of Oregon

University of Wisconson

These are just a few of the colleges and universities who are recognizing and showing appreciation for their nontraditional students this week.

Who else is celebrating? Let us know @myantshe or email  

Check out these other Nontrad-Friendly Colleges, Universities, and Organizations

Congratulations Marsh Goolesby-Barker and the Adult Student Services at Chattanooga State Community College!

We were honored to present the award for "Outstanding Foundation & Leadership for Nontrads" to the Adult Student Services at Chattanooga State Community College. This award was presented to Marsha Goolesby-Barker, Director of the adult student services. 

The adult learner program at this college has proven to be successful at catering to their nontraditional students by designing programs around their nontraditional students' needs, and providing resources, and the support they need to achieve educational success. Their support services include advisement, placement testing, registration, scholarship and financial aid opportunities.

Thank You!

For your continued support of nontraditional students and for providing a pathway for their success!

Winners of the award for "Outstanding Foundation & Leadership for Nontrads" are selected annually, based on the programs and support that have a direct impact on the success of nontraditional students on their campus. In order to qualify for the award and be recognized nationally, colleges and universities must meet the criteria outlined in the Nontrad Survey. Is your college or university providing an Outstanding Foundation & Leadership for nontraditional students? Take the Nontrad Survey and find out! 

Winners of the Outstanding Foundation & Leadership Award receive a free one-year ANTSHE Institutional Membership (a $395 value), are recognized at the annual conference, are featured in our national journal The Nontrad Journal, and receive a banner and other items to display in recognition of their award. 

Surveys are now being accepted for the 2022 Award for Outstanding Foundation & Leadership. Complete your survey today! Nontrad Survey


If you have an event that you would like ANTSHE to share with others? We love to hear about all of the good things our colleges and universities are doing to support nontraditional students. Let us celebrate with you! Please send us an email and we'll be happy to post your event. 

Share your event with ANTSHE

Send your adult learner news and/or event to Lori Viar at 


Each year ANTSHE presents an award to a college/university that is considered to be the most Nontraditional Student-Friendly. Colleges and Universities from across the country compete and submit their nominations for the Award for "Outstanding Foundation & Leadership for Nontrads." Nominees have demonstrated their commitment to helping nontraditional students succeed. They go above and beyond to provide services and support that meets the needs of the nontraditional student demographic on and off-campus. 

Click here for more information about how you can be more Nontrad-Friendly. 

ANTSHE News & Updates

Congratulations ANTSHE Scholarship & Award Winners for 2019!

-Molly Mcguire, Ball State University

-Rodney Farmer Edward, College of Osteopathic Medicine

-Tiffany McCloskey, NorthWest Arkansas Community College

-Glynis Boyd Hughes, Virginia Commonwealth University

-Jason Ponte, Purdue University Global

Dr. Maria Gambuzza, Strayer University wins President's Award!

Nontrad Military Service Award presented to Marc Barker and Tim Weddington, Adult Learner and Veteran Services, Colorado State University

Student Recognition Award presented to Shannon Brumfield, Strayer University

Award for "Outstanding Foundation & Leadership for Nontrads" presented to Jaime Ross and The Adult Student Services at Missouri State University

Get Ready! We are already looking ahead to ANTSHE CONFERENCE 2020 in Indianapolis, IN

Visit for more information about our next conference in Indianapolis!

APRIL 2-4, 2020

Nontrad Student News

Congratulations Kennesaw State University!

On April 12, 2018, Kennesaw State University's Adult Learner Center was recognized for their distinguished achievement and exemplary service by the University System of Georgia. Congratulations and Thank You for your support of Nontraditional Students! 

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Scholarship Winners 2018                 

Check out the winners of the 2018 ANTSHE scholarships. Thanks to our members and sponsors of the 2018 ANTSHE conference. Because of your support we awarded 4 Nontraditional Students with scholarships for 2018-2019 School Year! 

Award Winner                             

Congratulations Dr. Tricia Berry, Associate Dean and Director for Clinical and Practicum Programs at Purdue Global was selected as the recipient of the President's Award for her support of non-traditional students and of ANTSHE.

ANTSHE Alumni Success Spotlighted in Newspaper                                           

Click on the link below to read about an ANTSHE Alumni about her professional and academic success story.

Johnson C. Smith University Student Support!                                               

Here's another great example of Nontraditional Student support! Thanks Johnson C. Smith University for your support of Nontraditional Students! Check out this video: ANTSHE Achieve

Check Out These ANTSHE Recognized Nontrad-Friendly Schools

ANTSHE Supports Nontrads

At ANTSHE we are proud to support nontraditional students! We work hard to as advocates for adult learners by providing resources, scholarship opportunities, hold annual conferences to discuss trends, address issues, and provide research and support for that focuses solely on the adult learner. ANTSHE Directors and volunteers are not only advocates for nontrads, but they are/were nontraditional students themselves. They understand the challenges that adult learners face and work hard to find ways to address these challenges in order for them to succeed in reaching their educational goals. We recognize nontraditional students for their on campus work in support of other nontraditional students, and recognize administrators, faculty, and colleges for their direct role and impact on the lives of their nontraditional students on campus. 

ANTSHE has been featured in U.S. News & World Report, the Hechinger Report, USA Today, and Inside Higher Ed and is recognized as a leader and subject matter expert in higher education and the nontraditional student!

College orientation on the rise for adult learners Read Inside Higher Ed Article...

Is a College Degree Still Necessary in Today’s Economy? Read Education and Career News USA Today article...

A College Guide for Nontraditional Students Read US News & World Report article...

Mom works on college assignment while cuddling with infant daughter

3 Myths About Online Education Read Education and Career News article...

Is college enrollment among older adults increasing? Depends who you ask Read The Hechinger Report article...

We were very honored to be interviewed for this article on the nontraditional learner and the challenges of identifying the best college fit for the adult learner. This article is especially relevant and important as the population of the “new” traditional student continues to grow as well as their unique needs in order to be successful. Check it out!


Older students should research schools' career services divisions before deciding where they'll enroll, says one expert.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A NON-TRADITIONAL STUDENT? If you are considering attending college in a less than typical way, you may be wondering if you fall into the category of non-traditional students. Although there is not a one size fits all definition, students categorized in this manner are typically older than average undergraduate students. They may face unique challenges as college students because of their age and their particular life situations. Read more...

Dr. Viar, President of ANTSHE was interviewed by Chris Couch at regarding some of the challenges of the returning nontraditional student.  Article: How do I go back to college? A step-by-step guide


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