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Post-traditional Students

Sonya Welch, Fatima Elali, & Karissa Perez

What are the barriers and successes


of post-traditional students?

Research Question

Participants

Total: 9 Post-traditional students

3 Males
6 Females

Age Range: 26-50+


First-generation: 7 of 9
Race

Method

Interviews: 5 of 9
Focus Group: 4 of 9
7 Questions

Hispanic/Latino(a): 6 of 9

Caucasian/White: 2 of 9
Two or more races: 1 of 9

Marital Status

Married: 5 of 9
Single: 3 of 9
Divorced: 1 of 9

Materials

Procedure

Post-traditional Student: At least


25 years old or older who is
currently pursuing their
undergraduate degree at a 4
year or 2 year institution of
higher education.

Grounded Theory
Dual Moderator

Results

Relationships
Proactiveness
Resiliency Factors
Life & Work
Experiences

Relationships
Family
Friends
Gender Roles
...because as a mother, you want to be there 100%, but you cant. You
cant. A lot of families they have that balanced, but being a single mom it
s not the same. -Melanie

Proactiveness
Communication
Advising/Counseling
Process/Procedures
I should have talked to my counselor and get all that information clarified
through them. I should have not assumed that I already knew the
procedures and should have asked a counselor too really just guide me
through it.

-Adrian

Resiliency Factors
Self-Confidence
Self-Care
Fulfillment
...it's something thats just been a hole in my whole life. I want to fill
that hole. That part of me is just not complete yet. -Krystal

Life & Work Experience


Life and Work Balance
Career Move/Promotion
Skills
My work is demanding, and when theres time...Its really hard to give
100%...and then in the midst of all of that-commitments to my kids. If its
not a parent conference, back to school night. -Melanie

Limitations
Focus group
participation
Variances in program
models & institutions
Scheduling
Online post-traditional
students

Implications for Practice


Personalized Resources

Workshops
One-Stop Center
Communication/Awareness

Family-Friendly Campus Climate


Mentorship Program
Child Care
Family Housing