LIU Post Announces New Bachelor’s Degree Completion Program for Adults
Rita Langdon,Associate Provost for Communications, Public Relations & Marketing
Long Island University, LIU Post
The Division of Adult and Non-Traditional Programs at LIU Post has launched a new bachelor’s degree completion program for adult learners who have at least two years of college credits.
The Bachelor’s Degree Completion Program for Adults – which offers the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with professional tracks in Business or Health Care Administration – provides a combination of online and in-classroom study in short, eight- and six-week semesters.
Nationwide, the demand for college-educated workers is expected to grow by 16 percent, while the demand for non-degreed workers will remain stagnant, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Designed for adult learners who are returning to college after a long absence, the 64-credit program can be completed in two years or less. Students take classes online and on the university’s suburban campus in Brookville. Tuition scholarships, financial aid and payment plans are available for eligible students.
“More than one million Long Islanders have an associate’s degree or some college credit but not a bachelor’s degree,” said Dr. Lisa Braverman, associate provost for adult programs and outreach. “Many adults in their 40s and 50s decided early in life to put college on hold to start a family, join the workforce or even travel. Now they find themselves behind the eight ball,” she said. “Our goal is to help these students seamlessly transition back to college so that they may advance or change their career, improve their earning potential and fulfill the personal goal of earning a bachelor’s degree.”
The program is designed for adults over the age of 25 who have the equivalent of two years of successful college study and some prior work experience. The curriculum for the Bachelor’s Degree Completion Program for Adults includes a six-course (18 credits) professional track in either business or health care administration and 14 liberal arts courses (42 credits) that provide vital skills required for professionals to succeed in today’s workplace such as critical reasoning, global perspectives, ethics, sustainability, writing and data analysis. A Liberal Arts track is also available.
“I studied toward a degree in criminal justice in the 70s but left to work on Wall Street,” said Christopher Bates, a 56-year-old adult learner who recently started classes at LIU Post to complete his undergraduate degree. “After I retired from the stock exchange last year, I thought it was a great opportunity to complete what I started. The decision to come back to college has opened so many doors in my life."
Applications are being accepted for the first cohort of students to begin studies on March 4, 2013. Students may be able to reduce the length of the program through LIU Post’s “Credit for Learning Outside the Classroom” program, which awards undergraduate credit for work, military and life experiences.
Interested students can learn more about the Bachelor’s Degree Completion Program for Adults at open houses on October 23, November 20, December 18, January 8 and February 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at LIU Post, 720 Northern Boulevard, Brookville, New York.
For more information, call 516-299-2040 or visit www.liu.edu/post/finish.
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