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

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Alise Lamoreaux, Lane Community College

Pub Date: 2016

Publisher: Open Oregon Educational Resources

Language: English

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Reviewed by Richard Peters, Associate Professor, Xavier University of Louisiana on 4/30/19

This is difficult to truly answer. There is definitely breadth here, with the author considering multiple issues that are important to both traditional and non-traditional students,. However, in my opinion, this breadth to some regard sacrifices... read more


Reviewed by Aaron Peterson, Assistant Professor, MnSCU-Minnesota State University Moorhead on 9/26/18

The text is laid out in a manner that gives students all aspects that should be considered in determining where and how to successfully return to college. It appropriately points out multiple pitfalls that many students may not require. read more


Reviewed by Mary Phillips, Assistant Professor, Lehman College on 6/19/18

A Different Road to College is an a critical textbook written for non-traditional college students. This book is loaded with insightful data and compelling stories. It serves as an introductory text on college life. read more


Reviewed by Keri Rakes, Reading Faculty, Lake Superior College on 5/21/18

Overall, this is a comprehensive guide for non-traditional students in both mulling over starting college and providing guidance in making critical decisions about their college experience. This book provides the reader with a clear index of... read more


Reviewed by Cailyn Green, Adjunct Faculty, Portland Community College on 6/20/17

This book covers the information regarding stats and basic information for student looking into transitioning into college. It does not cover information/activities to help students learn how to adjust. I would suggest this text be used more in a... read more


Reviewed by Kenneth McGhee, Instructor, Northern Virginia Community College on 6/20/17

A transition takes place when someone becomes a college student. Research has shown that students that complete an Introduction to College course perform better in college. For students in the 18 - 24 year old age group I have found three... read more


Reviewed by Jean Mittelstaedt, Adjunct writing teacher, Chemeketa Community College on 6/20/17

The introduction contains a good definition of the non-traditional student that such students would identify with. Much of the introduction contains graphics and other information that they would probably skip and is of more interest to the... read more


Reviewed by Grecia Garcia Perez, Student Service Specialist, Chemeketa Community College on 6/20/17

The text covers in logical order topics or student’s concerns that non-traditional students might have. Given that, this text helps to demystify the college experience or introduce college systems to non-traditional students, it contains, as it... read more


Reviewed by Jocelin Higgins, Pre-college instructor and academic advisor, Portland Community College on 6/20/17

This student guide book for incoming, non-traditional college students provides a wide range of common topics that new students need to know about with a thorough table of contents with easy to understand chapter headings. It contains eleven... read more


Reviewed by Sharon Williams, Instructor, First Year Experience Class; Academic Advisor in Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education, Virginia Tech (Blacksburg VA) on 6/20/17

This book covers a wide range of topics and issues related to the success of “non-traditional” students, but it also contains extremely helpful resources and reminders that are useful to “traditional” students and ones who are past the... read more


Reviewed by Daniel Ayala, Instructor, Chemeketa Community College on 6/20/17

Alise Lamoreaux presents the first-year student with the outlook and breadth necessary to plant one’s feet firmly on the ground on the first day of college, acquainting the student with the academic terminology increasingly used by student... read more


Reviewed by Mary Hennessy, Part time Faculty, Portland Community College on 6/20/17

This text does an excellent job covering all the areas that are important to any student transitioning to college including areas of study and reason for higher education, finances, time management, technology, placement testing, resources etc. It... read more


Reviewed by Dr. Sabrina Ricks, Assistant Professor & First Year Advisor, Northern Virginia Community College on 6/20/17

There is no index or glossary available in this book, however the book is organized easily enough to read using the table of contents as a guide or directory for topic selection or vocabulary review. The content of the book provides an elaborate... read more


Reviewed by Shannon Calderone, Assistant Professor, Washington State University on 6/20/17

On the whole, I think this book offers an excellent overview on college preparation for non-traditional students. What I particularly like about this text is that the author offers a birds eye view of the systems and structures that would help... read more


Reviewed by Brenda Williams, Academic Advisor/RTEC Faculty, Lane Community College on 6/20/17

This book was very well done. It covers topics that are aimed for the non-traditional student as well as as interesting videos and assignments to reinforce the topic. I thought the terms employees who study rather than students who work was... read more


Reviewed by Melissa Stark, College Instructor, Lane Community College on 6/20/17

The book covers many topics generally and specifically, but the detail feels disjointed. I believe for me, it is due to many links to external websites should the reader want more depth in the topics covered. A concern that came up when reading... read more


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: ScholarshipsRandom 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.

About the Contributors


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, 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.