Who are Post-Traditional Learners?
· An individual age 25 or older who
· Has never attended a postsecondary institution
· 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
According to USG Policy 22.214.171.124 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 126.96.36.199 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 .
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.
Information regarding the admissions process for those who have earned less than 30 transferrable credit hours can be found on the Admissions website .
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 .
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 .