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Gretchen Johnson

Office of Public Relations
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Weekender Program is a Fast Track to the Bachelor's Degree For Working Adults

Looking for something to do on weekends? How about a bachelorís degree?

Adults who work full time and want to earn a bachelorís degree in record time can explore the new "weekender" program at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

The convenient Friday evening and Saturday classes are combined with Internet-based Guided Individual Learning Modules. This combination makes it possible to complete the BS or BA degree in just four years.

"Our research indicated that part-time adult students were taking eight to 10 years to complete their undergraduate business degrees. When asked, most students preferred weekend courses rather than courses on weekdays after regular business hours," said Ronald Heim, associate dean, Silberman College of Business.

"Weekenders" can choose a bachelor of science degree in business management with a global management concentration that is accredited by AACSB International ó The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; or they can select a bachelor of arts in individualized studies with a concentration in communications and applied technology.

The global business management program is organized into seven-week modules, with a lock step program that can be completed in four years. "These modules can have anywhere between 20 and 80 percent of their instruction delivered through the Internet via guided individual learning. We know that the Internet is important in helping us deliver instruction," said Heim, "but we have to balance face-to-face instruction with distance learning."

The goal of the bachelor of arts in individualized studies is increased understanding of communication, management, technology and business in the world economy and how that relates to corporate culture.

Learning takes place in small seminar-type classes with other adults. A comprehensive Web site allows students to access syllabi, schedules, notes and assignments. There are course mailboxes for homework, links to research sites and conference link for sharing information between students and faculty.

In many cases, transfer credits and life experience credits can be applied toward these degrees, saving time and money. As a full time student in this program, participants are eligible for financial aid.

"Working full time and juggling family responsibilities complicate a study schedule, so we recommend that prospective students start the admissions process early ótaking time to discuss the program with their families, employers and our counselors," said Karin Hamilton, director of the Center for Business Undergraduates.

For more information, call Kimberlee DeConie at 201 692 2505 or visit http://fducoba.com.

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