|Minnie Lou Jamison|
This commitment can be seen in Margaret Rowlett (Class of 1925), who began working at the age of 14 in a North Carolina rag mill to earn money to support her education. She enrolled in the North Carolina College for Women (now UNCG) as a 25-year-old freshman. After graduation, she was able to pursue a career in writing and illustrating children's books and creating textiles and draperies aimed at children.
During World War II, the college's focus shifted to supporting the war effort. Spouses of many active military servicemen enrolled at Woman's College (now UNCG) after the institution shifted its previous policy banning married students. Following the war, the enactment of the G.I. Bill affected higher education throughout the country, and Woman's College was no exception. By 1946, 54 veterans of the women's branches of the armed forces had enrolled at WC on the G.I. Bill.
|The first group of WWII veterans to enroll at WC|
In the late 1950s, college administrators began to recognize a growing need for higher education for a group that was described as "special undergraduate students." In a 1958 report, Chancellor Gordon Blackwell projected a steady increase in the number of adult students at WC, "from 40 in 1957 to 230 by 1970." This growth did continue and, in the late 1960s, an Ad Hock Committee to Study Non-Traditional Students was formed. Following the committee's recommendation, the first Office of Adult Students was created in 1972 to "recruit, admit, and monitor non-traditional students at UNCG."
UNCG's support for non-traditional students continues, with the UNCG Campus and Activities Program (CAP) coordinating many events and activities aimed at assisting adult and commuter students. Through these types of programs, UNCG continues to provide opportunities for students to learn, grow, and be active on campus.