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The purpose of this research paper was to explore the characteristics and needs of the nontraditional, American adult students attending community colleges. The paper argues that enhancing the self-concept and self-esteem of the nontraditional, adult student fosters and increases his/her academic success and life chances. The literature review first focused on the history, description, philosophy, purpose, and mission of community colleges. In order to adequately explore issues with the nontraditional student, a review of the literature on adult development was incorporated. Then, the paper described the unique characteristics of the nontraditional, adult student, who tends to enroll in community colleges. Further, the literature reinforced the belief that enhancement of self concept, self-esteem, while incorporating principles of andragogy, would be of great value to the overall development of the nontraditional, adult student. The research paper also described a workshop aimed at the topic of educating nontraditional, adult students and emphasizing the importance of enhancing their self-concept, self-esteem. The workshop design is adaptable to a variety of audiences.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations


Educational Psychology

First Advisor

Charles V. L. Dedrick


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