Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Mississippi Universities Expand Net to Get Nontraditional Students

Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Mississippi Universities Expand Net to Get Nontraditional Students

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JACKSON, Miss.

In his distinctive coat and tie, Corey Moore is often mistaken for a professor walking around Mississippi Valley State University. The 31-year-old's determined gait around campus illustrates his focus on earning a degree in public administration.

"I found my way to Valley by divine intervention," Moore says. "I felt I could be a student who could enlighten and help to inspire the more traditional students."

Schools, public and private, are developing programs to attract students such as Moore. Institutions are recognizing the benefits of having nontraditional students - classified as students 25 and older - on campus for their leadership and the bottom line. Enrollment of nontraditional students increased 17.8 percent from 1999-2004. The Mississippi College Board said 11,847 nontraditional students were enrolled in the eight state universities last year.

Moore graduated from Clarksdale High in 1992 and joined the Naval Reserve in San Diego. He took courses at Coahoma Community College in 1994-1995 before enrolling at MVSU in 2002. Now Moore is using Pell Grants, student loans and some of his savings to get through college.

At MVSU, more than 44 percent of the university's undergraduates are nontraditional students. …

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