Focus on Nontraditional Students

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), a Washington, DC-based nonprofit, has created a new postsecondary education group, one specifically targeted toward the concerns of nontraditional students. According to an article by Joyce Jones in Diverse Issues in Higher Education:

[CLASP] has launched a new Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success (C-PES), which will advocate for policies, funding and political support to increase the number of low-income adults and disadvantaged youth who earn postsecondary credentials.

C-PES is obviously not the first organization that exists to advocate for low-income college students, though this is apparently the first to specifically address adult students. The center will also target high school dropouts and other “disconnected” young people.

The vast majority of enrolled college students (some 73 percent by some measures) are actually nontraditional learners. These students are older than 24, work at least part-time, and are financially independent from their parents.

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer