SJU Launches New Adult Undergrad Programs

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

PHILADELPHIA (July 15, 2009) – The Saint Joseph’s University Board of Trustees has approved the renaming of University College to the College of Professional and Liberal Studies, effective with the Fall 2009 semester. The new name and forthcoming rebranding effort -- "Your Degree, Your Way" -- is designed to signify the University’s renewed commitment to adult undergraduate education. Saint Joseph's original Evening Division was the first in the region and has been serving the adult continuing education market since 1915.

Along with the Professional and Liberal Studies name comes a restructuring of the General Education Requirement (GER) to provide greater flexibility and accessibility in meeting the unique needs of adult students. Several new academic concentrations are also planned, including video game animation and graphics this fall. Scheduled for 2010 are concentrations in environmental studies, media and technology, and public administration.

These and other enrollment expansion initiatives will make a Saint Joseph’s education more obtainable to adult students. Dual admission agreements at the Community College of Philadelphia and Bucks County Community College start this fall and at Camden County Community College and Montgomery County Community College in the spring. In addition, an on-site degree completion program at AmeriHealth Mercy is underway along with other educational alliances throughout the region.

Online: www.sju.edu/academics/pls.




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