School of Continuing Education and Special Programs - Dean's Office

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Vaughn Millner, Ph.D., Dean

Welcome to USA’s School of Continuing Education and Special Programs. Our website provides you with a snapshot of our activities. I invite you to review our offerings.

Those involved with the School of Continuing Education and Special Programs are united in our desire to facilitate the development of culturally sensitive, competent, and successful individuals who serve our world. We value diversity, a global perspective, freedom in the pursuit of knowledge, integrity, and transparency. Through the website, you will see the diversity and quality of offerings.

Students who become interdisciplinary studies majors find that they have an impact on their

community because of educational opportunities presented for learning, leadership and global

awareness. In our School’s work, we seek to maximize our students’ potential and we are guided by

the values of

Persistence
Ethical Action
Respect for All
Continual Pursuit of Excellence
Global Competence
Innovation
Flexibility
Collaboration

Our students approach interdisciplinary studies with a deep sense of dedication to the department and the education and community it provides them.

As the primary public service outreach arm for the University, the School provides and supports quality lifelong educational learning experiences and serves as an advocate for students as they interact with the global community. We strive to transform our students’ academic experiences through interdisciplinary, experiential learning; and to support the University of South Alabama’s community through expansion of international experiences.

We have much to offer you. We are committed to serving our diverse student population through exemplary practices in teaching, research, and service to the community. We provide quality academic experiences for students who have a wide range of goals such as the acquisition of an undergraduate degree that will ultimately lead to meaningful employment; personal enrichment; development of professional skills, development of basic skills prior to beginning a full-fledged academic program; and international education. We have one goal in common: Offer students a variety of transformational educational experiences to equip them to fulfill their potential.

Our comprehensive academic programs are delivered in a variety of locations and formats: classrooms on the main campus and in Baldwin County; blended courses (with some classes online and some classes in-person); and online courses. Online offerings include an online completion degree program with a major in Interdisciplinary Studies as well as a variety of online non-credit courses.

You may be a prospective student or a member of our community. You may be an alumnus, alumnae, or supporter. We are growing and we welcome your involvement and your ideas to help us continue to increase our impact and productivity.

It is my privilege to serve as dean of the School of Continuing Education and Special Programs. I have the opportunity to experience the expressions of joy on the faces of our graduates; to see parents and young adults graduate together; to see women and men find meaningful career paths; and to talk to first-time freshmen who share with me the benefits of our intense summer academic programs (and who volunteer to help the next group). The energy, dedication and enthusiasm exhibited by our faculty and staff help to advance the educational aspirations of our students and forward the internationalization of our campus and world. This is exciting.

The School makes a difference. I encourage you to join us.

Best,

Vaughn Millner, Ph.D., Dean

School of Continuing Education and Special Programs

USA Student Orientation Course

USA Online

If you are a current student and interested in taking an online class, USA has prepared a short student orientation course to introduce students to the USA Online/Sakai learning environment.  The site is a "joinable" site, which means that anyone with a J-number may enroll in the course.

Students can view and download a How-To Guide for students to self-enroll in the orientation course at:

www.southalabama.edu/ecampus/studentcourse.pdf

Stretch for Success Program

Stretch for Success Early Entry Learning Community

The Stretch for Success Learning Community welcomes students from all majors who seek academic support to help them meet their graduation and workforce goals.

This community is intended to provide fall first-time freshmen with the opportunity to get a head start on college. Students involved will experience a particularly supportive and stimulating environment in which they can experience campus life; develop math skills; and begin formulating a graduation plan and career goals. Participation in this learning community, however, is by invitation only.

Students will participate in daily exercise or nutrition activities for the purpose of improving the whole person - linking the brain to the body. Grant Roberts, Hollywood trainer for Hilary Swank in Million Dollar Baby, is consultant for this program. Students will have the opportunity to join a USA study to measure their academic success through the integration of exercise or nutrition.

Read More Closed for Summer 2014. Read about the program here from last year and come back soon to find the 2015 application process.

USA Bridge Program

USA Summer Bridge Program

The Mission of the Department of Developmental Studies is to produce courses and instructional support services of excellence that address the needs of students in their preparation for and transition to collegiate study at the University. The courses and services offered provide students with opportunities to strengthen the basic skills necessary for academic success; to explore career options and preparation; to access campus activities programs, and services; and to become active participants in the University community.

This program is designed to assist students in preparing for college by practicing the basic skills necessary to be successful. Students are invited to participate based on their interest in attending USA as well as the need to improve their academic readiness. This program is open to students whose standardized test scores do not meet the regular admission or conditional admission criteria for USA. Contact 251-460-6283 for admissions criteria for the Summer Bridge Program.

Scholarships

Several scholarships are available to our students. Click on the department link below for specific information about each. These competitive scholarships are awarded annually to an eligible student in the School of Continuing Education and Special Programs. Individuals may apply to any or all of the scholarships listed below.

INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES

(Adult and Interdisciplinary degree programs)

Ed Bunnell Adult Degree Program Scholarship

The Ed Bunnell Scholarship is an endowed fund that was created to recognize the contributions of Dr. Ed Bunnell, the first Dean of the School of Continuing Education and Special Programs, toward promoting adult learning and continuing education at the University of South Alabama. Dr. Bunnell had a passion for helping hard-working, bright adult students achieve their educational goals. The scholarship is awarded each fall and spring semester to an Adult Degree Program student who has demonstrated persistence and academic achievement.

To qualify for the Ed Bunnell Scholarship, students must meet the following criteria:

1. Declared major in the Interdisciplinary Studies Adult Degree Program;

2. Cumulative USA grade point average of 3.0 with a minimum of 12 semester hours completed at USA;

3. Completion of the AIS 101 or 301 foundation course.

To be considered for the Ed Bunnell Scholarship, students must submit the Ed Bunnell Scholarship Application along with an essay and letter of recommendation from a USA faculty member (see application for further details).

Scholarship application deadlines are as follows:
•  Fall semester: April 15
•  Spring semester: October 15

Click to access the Ed Bunnell Scholarship Application.


Interdisciplinary Endowed Scholarship

The Interdisciplinary Endowed Scholarship is an award to be given to an interdisciplinary studies major at the University of South
Alabama who demonstrates high academic achievement in Interdisciplinary Studies. Emphasis is on study abroad.

To qualify for the Interdisciplinary Endowed Scholarship, students must meet the following criteria:
1. Declared major in the Interdisciplinary Studies Program in School of Continuing Education
2. Plans to study abroad

To be considered for the Interdisciplinary Endowed Scholarship, students must submit the Interdisciplinary Endowed Scholarship Application.

Scholarship application deadlines are as follows:
• Fall semester: April 15
• Spring semester: October 15

Click to access the Interdisciplinary Endowed Scholarship Application.


Thomas Corcoran Scholarship in Interdisciplinary Studies Adult Degree Program

The Thomas Corcoran Endowed Scholarship in Interdisciplinary Studies Adult Degree Program is an award given to adult students who are attempting to obtain a college degree.

To qualify for the Thomas Corcoran Scholarship, students must meet the following criteria:
1. An adult student attempting to obtain a college degree
2. Maintain a minimum of 3.0 or greater GPA
3. Registered for a minimum of ½ course load

Scholarship application deadlines are as follows:
• Fall semester: April 15
• Spring semester: October 15

Click to access the Thomas Corcoran Scholarship Application


Odyssey USA

The ODYSSEY ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP FUND provides funding of two annual tuition awards to continuing students, whose education has been interrupted and/or who has overcome obstacles in pursuing an education. One award is to be made to a student enrolled in the Adult Degree Program within the School of Continuing Education and Special Programs.

To be eligible, students must maintain a GPA of 2.5, provide a written essay regarding their need to the Scholarship Committee. To apply, students must complete the scholarship application, provide a short essay and two letters of recommendation. Students will need a transcript of all college coursework up to the date of application (PAWS transcript is acceptable).

Click Here To Download An Application


DEVELOPMENTAL STUDIES

Developmental Studies Endowed Award

The Developmental Studies Endowed Scholarship is intended for a Developmental Studies student who has shown academic motivation and success.

Scholarship application deadline is:
• Fall semester: April 15
• Spring semester: October 15

Click Here To Download An Application.

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