Fourth in a series of who our students are and how they perform.


The title of an anthology of stories by and about nontraditional students complied by Donna S. Talarico may say it best, and may say it all:

Kids, have you seen my backpack…?

For most of our national history college students were young, recent graduates of high schools or prep schools, usually men, entering professional or pre-professional fields of study, more often than not living in dormitories, attending class five days a week, possibly having a part-time job, and expecting to complete a baccalaureate degree in four, maybe five, years.

But that has changed markedly in the last fifty years and, predictability, vanished.

Many studies suggest that 70% of students in tertiary education don’t fit the old mold. They delay enrollment for a year or more after high school, attend part-time, work 35 hours per week or more, are considered financially independent, have dependents other than a spouse, may be a single parent, and do not have a high school diploma but a GED, if any credential at all.

Our world is changing.