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James J. Connors, Ph.D. Interim Dean
Welcome to the University of South Alabama School of Continuing Education and Special Programs website! This is our window on the world, and I sincerely hope you find the information you are looking for.

It has long been my strong belief that the success of every institute of higher education is governed to a large degree by the effectiveness of its continuing education and academic outreach missions.  As Interim Dean of the School of Continuing Education & Special Programs, I can state without reservation that we strive to exemplify and accentuate the best that the University of South Alabama has to offer. Through our various programs and course offerings, we work hard every day to maximize the success of our university, our students, and the broader community we serve. I hope you will discover this on our website.

Please feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions regarding the USA School of Continuing Education & Special Programs. My staff and I are always ready to help.

Sincerely,

James J. Connors, Ph.D.
Interim Dean
School of Continuing Education & Special Programs
University of South Alabama
AHE 101
Mobile, Alabama 36688-0002
Telephone: (251) 460-6283

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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