NCES data shows that institutions have been scrambling to accommodate: massive numbers of “nontraditional” postsecondary students.

nontraditional-students-NCESShould higher education rethink what makes a “traditional” student today? New data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) on students applying for financial aid highlight the ever-increasing need for colleges and universities to diversify their programs and make more available online education.

The data, culled from the most recent student financial aid information (2011-12), and discussed in the NCES brief, “Demographic and Enrollment Characteristics of Nontraditional Undergraduates,” examines prevailing characteristics in enrolling students,...

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