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New Degree Completion Program for Adult Learners

This fall Mitchell College is launching a Professional Studies undergraduate “Completer Degree” program for adult learners as part of its efforts to expand options for “nontraditional” college students to achieve their education and career goals. Designed exclusively for adult students with some college credit, the accelerated program offers both a 2-year (A.A.) and a 4-year (B.A.) degree.

Competitively priced and flexible, the program allows students to enroll fall, spring or summer, with both full-time (two courses per term) and part-time (one course per term) options. At launch, courses will be offered in a hybrid curriculum combining afternoon/evening in-person classes with online classes, but the goal of the program is to offer 100% online learning in the near future. Students may further accelerate their degree with classes through Mitchell’s MiniMester program or the Mitchell Hub, which offers online learning.

Adults enrolled in this program can benefit from being part of a cohort that is generally highly motivated and has life experience to draw from. Student success is supported by advisors, faculty and staff who are experienced in working with adult learners and understand the challenges they face.

“The Professional Studies program is ideal for anyone looking to complete a degree they have already started, knowing that might give them an edge in advancing their career. In addition to knowledge gained through coursework, students will also develop transferable skills needed to succeed in the workplace, such as interpersonal and communication skills, critical and creative thinking skills and an appreciation for diversity,” said Catherine “Cathy” Hurd, M.S., Ph.D., A.B.D., interim vice president of enrollment management.

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