Dear Campus Community Member:
Our student body is arguably the most vibrant and diverse in the nation. As a university founded for the benefit of non-traditional people – working men and women in 1888 – I was shocked to learn that this year was the first time Temple University ever celebrated National Non-Traditional Student Week on Main Campus.
What makes a non-traditional student you ask? Non-traditional students can be anything from married with kids or divorced without them, an armed services veteran or a transfer student, returning to college or starting after a break. These are just some of the attributes of our non-traditional students at Temple.
As the official representative of all Temple’s 39,000 plus students, Temple Student Government is committed to serving the needs of all Temple students. That is why we created the Non-Traditional Students Advisory Board – to better coordinate university and student government resources in addressing the needs of our non-traditional students.
The Non-Traditional Students Advisory Board will meet monthly, bringing together students, faculty and administrators in an informal environment to hear directly from non-traditional students about what they need. We hope you will join us as a member of this important group.
The first meeting of the Non-Traditional Students Advisory Board will be held on Monday, December 5, 2011 at 5:00 PM in the Student Activities Conference Room – Student Center Suite 219M. I hope that you join us in ensuring that Temple’s non-traditional students are provided the same access to excellence as our traditional students.
Please let us know of your plans on attending this meeting by Friday, December 2 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to seeing you at the meeting!
Colin P. Saltry
Student Body President
p.s. Below is a short list of what may be considered a non-traditional student:
- Anyone who delays enrollment (does not enter postsecondary education in the same calendar year that he or she finished high school);
- Attends part time for at least part of the academic year;
- Works full time (35 hours or more per week) while enrolled;
- Is considered financially independent for purposes of determining eligibility for financial aid;
- Has dependents other than a spouse (usually children, but sometimes others);
- Is a single parent (either not married or married but separated and has dependents); or
- Does not have a high school diploma (completed high school with a GED or other high school completion certificate or did not finish high school).