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Adult ACCEL Programs Expand
Need for Adult Education Opportunities Increasing

Anderson University’s ACCEL adult evening program is offering three new degrees, while providing the option of completing one of these completely online. The expansion of the ACCEL program, whose enrollment has increased by more than 15 percent since last year, is due, in part, to the increasing demand for working adults to be more competitive in their professions by having college degrees.

Dr. David Shirley, dean of College of Adult and Professional Studies, explains the reasons for the increase in enrollment: “First and foremost, our students recognize the quality of our instructional program and tell their friends and family. That leads to our having other new students. Second, we continue to add degree programs that are relevant to adults and are in demand,” says Dr. Shirley. “Our online courses provide convenience and flexibility, and we currently have a university-wide task force that is charged with developing new online programs and courses that will be available in the near future.”

The three new programs—Bachelor of Organizational Leadership, Bachelor of Human Services, and Bachelor of Liberal Studies (beginning fall 2009)—each provide two options: degree completion for those possessing an associate’s degree and a larger course of study for those without an associate’s degree. The Bachelor of Organizational Leadership program is designed to increase interpersonal skills and employee relations skills that are required of leaders, enhance communication skills needed by leaders, and expand skills in one’s chosen career path. This program also offers an optional concentration in Human Resource Administration. 

The Bachelor of Human Services program prepares students to enter a career field related to a variety of service delivery agencies and helping professions, health care and social assistance industries, positions related to child welfare, substance abuse, adult services, and elderly services. The Bachelor of Human Service program offers an optional Behavioral Science Concentration, which provides knowledge and skills in human/social services, psychology, and sociology, preparing students to enter a career field related to a variety of service delivery agencies, helping professions, or counseling.  Beginning in August, the Bachelor of Human Services program and the Behavioral Science Concentration will provide students with the option of completing their degree in a traditional on campus classroom or entirely online if they have earned credit in specific general education courses. 

The Bachelor of Liberal Studies allows students to design a program of study that best fits his or her personal and professional goals, including the core disciplines of business, social/behavioral sciences, human services, organizational leadership, and criminal justice.

Those interested in learning more about the ACCEL program should call 864-231-2020.



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