Huntington College to launch new academic programs designed for adult students

Huntington, Ind.—Huntington College announced today that it will expand its EXCEL Program with the addition of a new Associate’s Degree in organizational management. Huntington will also launch a new Gateway Program for students preparing to enter EXCEL’s accelerated bachelor’s degree program. The new courses are specifically tailored to meet the educational needs of working adults.

The Associate’s Degree program will consist of 64 academic credits: 25 in the Huntington College core curriculum, 31 in the organizational management major, and eight in electives.
The Gateway Program will include core courses and electives that prepare students to enter the existing EXCEL bachelor’s program in organizational management. These courses will also be open to non-degree seeking adults who wish to satisfy professional or personal development goals.

For both programs, Huntington College faculty will begin developing traditional core courses to fit the accelerated, adult-learning model. Such courses will include literature, fine arts, Bible and religion, history, social sciences, natural and physical sciences, and physical education. The first new courses will be offered in February 2001.

"Nowhere will you find more support, more accommodation, more personal interest in you as an adult student than you’ll receive from the staff and faculty of the EXCEL Program."

“By offering a new Associate’s Degree, Huntington College is addressing community requests for a two-year degree that adult students can earn while working full time,” said Dr. Stephen D. Holtrop, assistant dean for curriculum development. “Increasing numbers of adults—both in our area and nationwide—are looking for convenient programs to provide them the college experiences they want. Employers often encourage—and pay for—employees to pursue college degrees.”

“Huntington College has a good reputation in the community. We have hundreds of satisfied graduates of our traditional and adult programs in the area,” Holtrop said. “Adding an Associate’s Degree program is a way to acknowledge the appreciation the community has for the College and to show our responsiveness to the community's needs. These expansions of the EXCEL Program show the College's commitment to adult learning and the changing nature of higher education.”

“These new programs are intended for adults in the community who have never been to college, or have few college credits, but now believe the time is right for them to finish their degree,” said Dr. Ronald J. Webb, vice president and dean of the college “While the Associate’s Degree can be seen as a final educational experience, and is certainly designed that way, we hope that many would decide to continue on to pursue a bachelor’s degree through our EXCEL program. The College is excited about being able to use our educational resources to meet a growing need in the community.”

“Our EXCEL program is very important because it allows us to provide working adults in the community with the unique Christ-centered education that Huntington College provides,” said Huntington College president G. Blair Dowden. “EXCEL enables us to serve community needs by helping individuals to further their education at an academically strong, well-respected institution that is close to home. I am excited about these new programs and the potential they have to further serve the community.”

Kathleen O’Donnell, director of the EXCEL Program, indicates that she is “thrilled with the decision to move forward in serving adults throughout the region with these new programs.” She sees this as an expanded opportunity for Huntington College to provide adult students with a variety of rigorous academic programs that directly impact their workplace.

Since 1993 Huntington College has provided a bachelor’s degree completion program in organizational management through the EXCEL Program. Registration is now open for the new associate’s degree and the Gateway Program. For further information, call (260) 359-4162.

The National Center for Education Statistics projects that in 2004, 100 million Americans will take part in adult education programs, up from 76 million in 1995. These adult students bring to the classroom a rich background of knowledge, well-developed thinking and problem-solving skills, and a seriousness of purpose, which enriches the learning experience.

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