Who are Post-Traditional Learners?

  • Definition of an Adult Learner
     

    ·         An individual age 25 on the first day of the term

    ·         Has never completed a baccalaureate degree

    ·         Has started in higher education, then for various reasons, chose a different path of adventure, family, work, trade or military prior to returning to fulfill their educational quests

    ·         Has chosen to continue their education after graduation with additional degrees in undergraduate programs

  • The Adult Learner Guide
     
    The Adult Learner Guide is a guide to help students navigate the best learning options and online degree programs. Find the Adult Learner Guide here .
  • Definition of a Non-Traditional Learner
     

    According to USG Policy 4.2.1.8 a Non-Traditional Freshman is:

    • An applicant who has been out of high school at least five years, whose high school class graduated at least five years ago, and who has earned fewer than 30 transferable semester credit hours may be evaluated as a non-traditional freshman

    According to USG Policy 4.2.1.8 a Non-Traditional Transfer is:

    • An applicant who has been out of high school at least five years or whose high school class graduated at least five years ago, and who has earned 30 or more transferable semester credit hours may be evaluated as a non-traditional transfer

    More information can be found on the policy website .  

  • Definition of a Post-Traditional Student
     

    Soares (2013) describes post-traditional learners as a diverse group. He notes, “The term encompasses individuals with a range of education needs from high school graduates to high school dropouts and those with limited literacy and English language skills. Post-traditional learners also encompass many life stages and identities; they are single mothers, immigrants, veterans, and at-risk younger people looking for a second chance” (p.2).

    Soares' full article can be found here .  

Resources

  • Admissions Process
     
    Information regarding the admissions process for those who have earned less than 30 transferrable credit hours can be found on the Admissions website.
  • Credit for Prior Learning
     
    Credit by Exam

    • Students can earn credit by taking a Department Challenge Exam or by taking the CLEP Test.
    • Students can take CLEP exams through Academic Testing Services.  More information can be found on the Academic Testing Services website
    • Students may be able to take a free CLEP exam.  More information can be found on the Modern States website .  

    More information can be found on the Registrar's Office website .

    Portfolio
    • Students may be eligible to earn credit for learning experiences by completing a Portfolio.
    • Students may use the GAtracs Transfer Tool to get an idea of transferable credits (found here ).  

    More information can be found on UWG Online's website , as well as on the College of Social Science's website .

  • eCore
    eCore is a statewide program that offers students the opportunity to take core classes online and offers flexibility and convenience of online learning. Find more information on the eCore website .
     
  • Georgia ONmyLINE
    Georgia ONmyLINE is a database of online programs and courses offered within the University System of Georgia. More information can be found on the Georgia ONmyLINE website .
     
  • Lactation Rooms

    Located in the Ingram Library and Biology Building, the Lactation Rooms are a discrete and clean area for parents and caretakers to care for infants and toddlers.

    More information can be found on the Ingram Library website .    

     
  • Over 62 Admissions Process
     

    Find information regarding Constitutional Amendment No. 23 (Persons Aged 62 or Over) in the Undergraduate Catalog or Graduate Catalog .  

    • Those interested must complete the application for admission to UWG (found here ).
    • Applicants over the age of 62 do not need to pay the application fee. 
  • UWG Online
    Find information regarding online learning and if it is the right option for you at UWG Online .