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Should Nontraditional Students Be Measured by the Same Persistence Criteria (Clock)?

Considering the shift from being industrial to being a knowledge-based economy, the value of an education cuts both ways. Job seekers, increase their odds and mobility and employers increase their likelihood of finding qualified candidates when we are able to educate more people. I particularly don't agree with the measure of success for nontraditional students being how quickly they finish. The race is not always to the swift and nontraditional students have many hurdles that traditional students don't have to navigate. For many nontraditional students, persistence through challenges and obstacles to complete a degree at all is success. Getting accepted and completing graduate school is an