Student Unions and Non-Traditional Student Engagement

Topics: Student Unions, Student Experience, Student Affairs

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As population demographics change, student unions must adapt their spaces, services, and offerings to address these student groups. This brief examines how student unions engage non-traditional student populations.

  • Key observations from our research:

    1. Student unions will increasingly function as the center of campus life for non-traditional students.

    2. Student union directors and staff adopt either integrated or dedicated approaches to non-traditional student engagement.

    3. Some of the most common physical resources for non-traditional services are veteran’s lounges, child care centers for student-parents, and lockers.

    4. Most student unions maintain informal reporting relationships with student life units responsible for non-traditional student groups and engagement.