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Beacon of Hope: Award-Winning Program Redesign for Post-Traditional Students

, , Texas State University, San Marcos, United States

IJAVET Volume 9, Number 2, ISSN 1947-8607 Publisher: IGI Global


Many Americans dream of completing a college degree, positively influencing wages and economic mobility. The number of students entering college or returning to college later in life is growing. Up to 75% of university enrollments are comprised of students in one or more of the following circumstances: 25 years old or older, attend school part-time, work full-time, parents. These students, described in the literature as non-traditional or post-traditional students, have different needs from traditionally-aged students. The award-winning Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) program, in Texas State University's Department of Occupational, Workforce, and Leadership Studies (OWLS), provides a pathway for post-traditional students to earn a college degree. This article features the voices of post-traditional students and discusses background information as context. The work of Malcolm Knowles and his ideas about andragogy serve as a framework for analyzing the BAAS program as well as implications and future.


Cherrstrom, C. & Boden, C. (2018). Beacon of Hope: Award-Winning Program Redesign for Post-Traditional Students. International Journal of Adult Vocational Education and Technology, 9(2), 30-47. IGI Global. Retrieved April 24, 2019 from .