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November 14, 2012

ASU to offer Adult Degree Program

— Adults who dropped out of college and began a career will now have the opportunity to earn a degree through a new program offered by Athens State University.

University officials announced Tuesday the implementation of an Adult Degree Program to be introduced at the beginning of the 2013 spring semester.

The program offers baccalaureate degrees designed for working adults age 25 and over who have at least five years of full-time work experience. The program targets students who have not yet completed a college degree and need the opportunity to complete their educational goals.

A press release from ASU said, “The University is committed to the success of this program and the potential students it can affect by providing trained personnel and physical resources.”

The ADP will target students who have “stopped out” of college and would generally have at least 41 college credits. Students can submit documentation for up to 32 semester hours of challenge exam credit, or up to 32 hours of prior learning assessment, using national standards. This would include work-based credit related to the particular degree program being pursued.

Students will be required to take at least 33 credits of courses at Athens State University. The program will meet the needs of students who desire a quality accredited program with the flexibility to meet their individual needs, and is designed for the student to take courses either online or in the classroom and benefit from Athens State’s experienced faculty.

The University has developed a student-focused course designed for all ADP students during their first semester in the program. The course, ADP301, will address issues specific to returning adult students who have been out of the classroom for a while. The course will also assist ADP students in identifying and documenting prior learning through non-traditional methods and will guide students through a professional portfolio development process.

Degrees will include a Bachelor of Science in liberal studies, management of technology and education with a concentration in career/ technical education (non-teacher certificate track). Graduates will be prepared to perform productively and professionally in current positions, to assume higher levels of responsibility in career fields or to further their education in graduate programs if desired.

The ADP will be housed in the recently renovated Chasteen Hall facility, which will also include offices, testing center, computer lab and classroom space.

ASU Professor Laura Kerner will oversee the program, which includes recruitment, marketing and retention of adults seeking a degree.

“As a professor in the College of Business with extensive previous private sector experience, Professor Kerner brings a knowledge and understanding of these programs as they relate to both academic and hands-on workforce applications,” said ASU President Dr. Bob Glenn. “She will work closely with the university’s three academic colleges and the Office of Admissions to ensure that adult/non-traditional students receive appropriate assistance from our student service providers and faculty to ease their transition into the classroom.”

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