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Title:What is a Non-Traditional Student at Illinois State University?
Author(s):Chamberlain, Andrew J
Subject(s):non-traditional students
Illinois state university
ANTH285 F07
Abstract:In this paper, I discuss the results of an ethnographic project about non-traditional students at Illinois State University, specifically looking at the question, “What Is A Non-Traditional Student At Illinois State University?” Through interviews with three faculty members and one student, along with casual discussion with at least ten students at ISU, I attempted to show that the school’s definitions were incomplete and that this part of the ISU student population does not have the accommodations it deserves based on its size. Based on these preliminary findings, I argue that ISU needs to do more research and, ultimately, take direct action to assist these students with their college experience. I feel that ISU could take steps such as asking the departments to allow for more major fulfilling classes to be moved from the daytime to the evenings and a non-traditional student lounge as the first of many to help out its large number of non-traditional students.
Issue Date:2008-01-01
Publication Status:unpublished
Date Available in IDEALS:2008-01-18

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  • Student Communities and Culture
    The university offers an extraordinary opportunity to study and document student communities, life, and culture. This collection includes research on the activities, clubs, and durable social networks that comprise sometimes the greater portion of the university experience for students.

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