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Educational Studies (CGU)

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Accessibility | Education | Higher Education


During the past few years, new kinds of students have been entering our colleges and universities. No longer can the uppermiddle class white male, who moves smoothly from a college preparatory program in high school directly into college, be regarded as the "typical" student. Among the various groups of nontraditional students that make for greater heterogeneity within the college population are those from racial or ethnic minorities, those from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, those whose academic ability or high school preparation is relatively poor (as judged by conventional criteria) and those who are older than the average undergraduate. One subgroup of this last category consists of those whose college education was delayed or interrupted by military service during the Vietnam era, whether they actually served in Southeast Asia or not. It is generally recognized that such students may benefit from college at least as much as the "typical" student.

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