Who are Neo-Traditional Learners?
Definition of an Adult Learner
- An individual age 25 on the first day of the term
- Has never completed a baccalaureate degree
- Has started in higher education, then for various reasons, chose a different path of adventure, family, work, trade or military prior to returning to fulfill their educational quests
- Has chosen to continue their education after graduation with additional degrees in undergraduate programs
Definition of a Non-Traditional Learner
According to USG Policy 184.108.40.206 a Non-Traditional Freshman is:
An applicant who has been out of high school at least five years, whose high school class graduated at least five years ago, and who has earned fewer than 30 transferable semester credit hours may be evaluated as a non-traditional freshman
According to USG Policy 220.127.116.11 a Non-Traditional Transfer is:
An applicant who has been out of high school at least five years or whose high school class graduated at least five years ago, and who has earned 30 or more transferable semester credit hours may be evaluated as a non-traditional transfer
More information can be found on the Board of Regents policy website.
Definition of a Post-Traditional Student
Soares (2013) describes post-traditional learners as a diverse group. He notes, “The term encompasses individuals with a range of education needs from high school graduates to high school dropouts and those with limited literacy and English language skills. Post-traditional learners also encompass many life stages and identities; they are single mothers, immigrants, veterans, and at-risk younger people looking for a second chance” (p.2).
Definition of a Neo-Traditional Learner
A term dating back to at least the turn of the century (Flint, 2001), the concept of the neo-traditional learner asserts that non-traditional is the new normal since the majority of students fit into one or more categories of the adult learner, non-traditional learner, and post-traditional students.
A., T. (2001). Principles of Effectiveness for Serving Adult Learners in Higher Education. Retrieved March 26, 2020, from https://www.questia.com/magazine/1P3-127279351/principles-of-effectiveness-for-serving-adult-learners
Over Age 62 Admissions Process
- Those interested must complete the application for admission to UWG.
- Applicants over the age of 62 do not need to pay the application fee.