In totality, these studies suggest that non-traditional students may be more highly motivated due to all of their responsibilities than the more traditional students. Based on this information, it is hypothesized that regardless of all their other work and obligations, non-traditional students have better academic performance, and better attendance when compared to the more traditional students. Moreover, is predicted that older students attend college more for self improvement than to fulfill future career goals.
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