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Fri, 22 Jan 2010 08:41:46 -0500
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Dear BIS Students,

You are invited to participate in an ethnographic study that I am 
conducting as my Bachelor of Individualized Study final research project. I 
am interested in men and women who have returned to school as adults, often 
referred to as non-traditional students. As a member of this group, I have 
been curious to learn about what the motivating factors were for others 
making the decision to cut short as well as continue their formal 
educations and what, if any, impact the experience has had/is having on 
their lives. I am also interested in learning about otherís day-to-day on 
campus experiences.

If you agree to participate, I would like to meet with you on campus one or 
two times in February or early March, at a time(s) that are convenient to 
you. I expect each of our conversations to last approximately 30 minutes. I 
realize that your time is valuable and I will not presume to squander it. 
During our visits I will take notes and, with your consent, audio record 
our sessions for accuracy. I will be the only person to listen to these 
recordings and they will be destroyed once the study is complete. 

There are no foreseeable risks to you. For the sake of privacy, if you like 
you will be given a pseudonym. 

I am hoping that this study will add insight to another aspect of diversity 
on college campuses and perhaps be of interest to other men and women who 
are considering returning to school.

You have the option to withdraw from the study at any time. You also have 
my gratitude. 

Hattie Barker
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