Degree Completion Among Nontraditional College Students*

download10This article talks about the growing number of nontraditional students enrolling in college.  However, with the increase in enrollment the completion rates are not as high at their traditional counterparts.  This article looks at the factors that affect nontraditional students overall.  Some of the big factors that were surmised were part-time enrollment,financial aid, age, family and work.  Some of the numbers that were given from the National Center for Education Statistics, in 1989-1990, only 31 percent of nontraditional students that enrolled in college with the intent to complete a bachelors degree were able to complete it.  This article breaks down the data into 3 topics: enrollment status as the key correlate of degree completion, the importance of human capital factors in explaining educational outcomes of nontraditional students and the enabling and constraining effects of family characteristics.   With the data that was reviewed, there are many opportunities for both the student and the colleges to improve upon what is available for the nontraditional student.  It gives suggestions to employers on benefits of tuition reimbursement and flexible work hours.

Works Cited

Taniguchi, Hiromi, and Gayle Kaufman. “Degree Completion among Nontraditional College Students*.” Social Science Quarterly 86.4 (2005): 912-27. ProQuest.Web. 8 Apr. 2016.

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