Title:Anderson University announces changes to School of Adult Learning
Changes are a familiar occurrence at Anderson University’s adult education program. The changes usually happen to the adult learners because the program is all about changing, improving and enriching the professional and personal lives of the adults in the community. And more than lives have been changing recently as the adult and continuing education program has been renamed the School of Adult Learning. The School of Adult Learning has also changed locations on campus moving to 1303 East Fifth Street (formerly the executive office building for the Church of God Ministries) where they will share the the building with Falls School of Business.
“We are excited about the name change, and the potential that it brings,” said Aleza Beverly, associate dean for the School of Adult Learning. Beverly believes the new name is a better reflection of their current mission as well as the future focus of the program. The program will continue to offer a stable schedule so adults can build their classes around their home, work and family responsibilities. “We are all about helping adult learners achieve their goals.”
The School of Adult Learning is looking at ways to expand and improve the program to meet the educational needs of adults. “By extending our mission in different ways, we hope to alleviate some of the anxiety and eliminate some of the excuses adult learners can have about continuing their education,” Beverly said. Offering distance learning opportunities and Internet courses are a possibility in the near future. Beverly would also like to increase the number of accelerated courses and accelerated degrees.
“We do more than just offer a program and courses,” said Michael Collette, Vice President of Enrollment Management and Information Systems at Anderson University. “This is a place where adult learners develop special relationships and receive individualized attention.”
The School of Adult Learning provides adults age 25 or older the opportunity to earn an associate degree in General Studies or Business by taking either day or evening courses. Bachelor’s degrees in over 60 undergraduate majors at AU are also available to adult students. In addition, working adults can earn their bachelor’s degree in as little as 18 months by attending only one evening class a week through an accelerated degree completion program (ADVANCE), which offers a bachelor’s in Organizational Leadership.
A variety of non-credit classes are also available through the Center for Lifelong Learning including a summer campus program for kids (Kids University) and a weeklong series of opportunities for seniors entitled Elder Campus.
The School of Adult Learning serves the needs of adult learners living in Madison, Hamilton, east Hancock and north Marion counties. For more information, visit the School of Adult Learning Web site. Or contact them by e-mail or by phone at (765) 641-4250 or toll-free at 1-877-428-2765.
Anderson University is a four-year, private, Christian liberal arts institution of approximately 2,400 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in theology, business, and education.