Traditional education awards degrees on the basis of time served and credit earned.
Nontraditional education awards degrees on the basis of competencies and performance skills.
Traditional education bases degree requirement on a medieval formula that calls for some generalized education and some specialized education.
Nontraditional education bases degree requirements on an agreement between the student and the faculty, aimed at helping the student achieve his or her career, personal, or professional goals.
Traditional education awards the degree when the student has taken the required number of credits in the required order.
Nontraditional education awards the degree when the student’s actual work and learning reach certain previously agreed-upon levels.
Traditional education considers the years from age 18 to age 22 the appropriate time to earn a first degree.
Nontraditional education assumes learning is desirable at any age, and that degrees should be available to people of all ages.
Traditional education considers the classroom to be the primary source of information and the campus the centre of learning.
Nontraditional education believes that some sort of learning can and does occur in any part of the world.
Traditional education believes that printed texts should be the principal learning resource.
Nontraditional education believes the range of learning resources is limitless, from the daily newspaper to personal interviews; from videotapes to computers to world travel.
Traditional faculty must have appropriate credentials and degrees.
Nontraditional faculty are selected for competency and personal qualities in addition to credentials and degrees.
Traditional credits and degrees are based primarily on mastery of course content.
Nontraditional credit and degrees add a consideration of learning how to learn, and the integration of diverse fields of knowledge.
Traditional education cultivates dependence on authority through prescribed curricula, required campus residence, and required classes.
Nontraditional education cultivates self-direction and independence through planned independent study, both on and off campus.
Traditional curricula are generally oriented toward traditional disciplines and well-established professions.
Nontraditional curricula reflect a range of individual students’ needs and goal, and are likely to be problem oriented, issue oriented, and world oriented.
Traditional education aims at producing “finished products” students who are done with their education and ready for the job market.
Nontraditional education aims at producing lifelong learners, capable of responding to their own evolving needs and those of society over an entire lifetime.
Traditional education, to adapt the old saying, gives you a fish and feeds you for a day.
Nontraditional education teaches you how to fish, and feeds you for life.
Traditional education had nothing to offer the dead-tree-limb expert.
Nontraditional education made it possible for him to complete a good Bachelor’s degree in less than a year, entirely by correspondence and at a modest cost. His job is now secure.