On Campus Podcast Season 1 – Episode 5

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Season 1 – Episode 5: Supporting Nontraditional Students

Nontraditional students in the United States make up a large portion of college and university students. According to a 2015 study conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), nearly 74% of students today are considered to be nontraditional students. While the definition of nontraditional students is more fluid than static, often nontraditional students include adult, first-gen, and low-income learners.

Dr. Inika Pierre Williams, the Statewide Director of Pre-Collegiate Programs and Mentoring Initiatives with the Florida Department of Education, spoke to On Campus with CITI Program about supporting nontraditional students in higher education institutions. In her role at the Florida Department of Education, Inika manages $132 million in state appropriations for programs that seek to prepare economically disadvantaged students for postsecondary education.


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Meet the Guest

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Inika Williams, EdD, EdS, MS, BS – Florida Department of Education

Dr. Inika Williams is the Statewide Director of Pre-Collegiate Programs with the Florida Department of Education. She manages $132 million in funding to support programs that prepare students for higher education. A former Upward Bound director, teacher & school counselor, she is passionate about increasing access to learning opportunities for students.


Meet the Host

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Darren Gaddis, Assistant Director for Content and Education – CITI Program

He is the program manager and lead developer for educational content for higher education and research methodology at CITI Program. Mr. Gaddis received his BA from University of North Florida, MA from The George Washington University, and is currently a doctoral student at Florida State University.