A Different Road To College: A Guide For Transitioning Non-Traditional Students

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Alise Lamoreaux, Lane Community College

Pub Date: 2016

ISBN 13:

Publisher: Open Oregon Educational Resources

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Chapter 1: What’s College For?
Chapter 2: Choosing A College To Attend Supplemental Fun
Chapter 3: Evolution To College: Becoming A College Student
Chapter 4: Speaking The Language of College
Chapter 5: Planning A College Schedule
Chapter 6: Navigating The College Website
Chapter 7: Placement Testing
Chapter 8: Beyond Tuition: Understanding College Expenses 
Chapter 9: Hidden Money: Scholarships Random Autobiographies
Chapter 10: College Resources
Chapter 11: Pulling It All Together
Notes for Instructors
About The Author

About the Book

A Different Road To College: A Guide For Transitioning Non-Traditional Students is designed to introduce students to the contextual issues of college. Non-traditional students have an ever-growing presence on college campuses, especially community colleges. This open educational resource is designed to engage students in seeing themselves as college students and understanding the complexity of what that means to their lives.

Non-traditional students face critical issues surrounding participation and success in college. These critical issues include, but are not limited to, the following

  • Strategies for managing competing needs on their time
  • Difficulty navigating institutional environments
  • Understanding the culture of college
  • Transitional services not in place to the same degree as for “traditional” students
  • Knowledgeable support systems
  • Personal barriers
  • Unpredictable influences on their schedules
  • Work first, study second priorities
  • Paying for college

Underprepared foundation skills (Reading, Writing, Math, Computer Literacy, Human Relations, Oral Communication).
Most textbooks available on the topic of college transition/success today focus on the traditional 18-year old student and the needs of someone living away from home for the first time.The goal of the book is to help students understand how to select the right college for them and then become acquainted with the inner workings and language of college. The book is designed to be a practical guide for first-generation college students as they navigate potentially unfamiliar topics such as understanding the costs of college beyond tuition, navigating college websites, and defining critical language needed to understand communication regarding the context and culture of the college.

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Author(s)

Alise Lamoreaux has a long history of teaching non-traditional students who are preparing for the GED and transitioning to college. She teaches a class called, “Everything You Want to Know About College, Before You Start” along with Hybrid GED courses at Lane Community College. Alise is known for her willingness to learn and use new technologies in the classroom, such as digital storytelling, learning management systems, and other online resources. She is an advocate of student success. Throughout the years, she has demonstrated her willingness to teach other professionals how they might also implement innovative technologies in the classroom. This year, she took on the challenge of writing an open source textbook, through a grant she received from openoregon.org, titled, A Different Road To College: A Guide for Transitioning Non-traditional Students. This free resource is designed to engage students in seeing themselves as college students and understanding the complexity of what that means to their lives, as well as helping to unlock the contextual complexities of the culture of college.