Ask any member of the School of Professional Studies (SPS) staff to name a particularly tenacious student, and undoubtably, you'll be given a list of several hardworking individuals. Yet, there are some students whose challenges are so significant, and their overcoming of odds so great, that one cannot help but be amazed at what they have achieved. Amber Gray is one such student.
The rising cost of college tuition is a common concern among both traditional and non-traditional students, with financial need being cited as a primary barrier to initial enrollment - and a contributor to student attrition rates. For prospective non-traditional students, financial instability may be one of the obstacles that led them to postpone their education, and the availability of financial aid may play a significant role in whether they ultimately decide to pursue degree-completion.
When researching degree programs, "sticker shock" is not an uncommon experience. However, what prospective students may fail to realize is that the tuition “sticker price” is not an absolute: there are resources available to help ease the financial burden. Many schools will offer applicants a financial aid package, and students may also independently pursue other forms of financial assistance.
The college financial aid system can be quite complex - with its many types, terms, and eligibility requirements - and significant research may be required in order to fully understand what is available.
Below, we have provided a basic overview of the financial resources available to non-traditional students, many of which are administered through the College of Charleston Office of Financial Assistance and Veteran’s Affairs. We hope that this information will illuminate the possibilities for obtaining an affordable education.
The School of Professional Studies have long emphasized the importance of 21st century skills in the modern workplace. The department is now extending that mission to a younger generation, with the announcement of a newly formed partnership between the Center for Continuing and Professional Education (CCPE) and the Engineering for Kids franchise.
According to research compiled by the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), fifty-percent of managers are regarded as “ineffective” in their roles: a failure that may be attributed to a lack of support early in their leadership careers.
In considering how to better develop emerging leaders, the CCL has identified four competencies where first-time managers often demonstrate deficits: communication; influence; leading team achievement; and coaching and developing others.
With these competencies in mind, we have gathered tips as to how first time managers can improve their performance and avoid common skill-gaps.
When asked to visualize a college student, most adults will likely picture an 18-to-21-year-old; perhaps toting a backpack, walking across the quad on an ivy-laden campus. This idealized college student was once a fairly accurate depiction, and one that the media has helped to embed in our minds. Our collective perception of the standard college experience is heavily weighted with visuals of youth, historic architecture, crowded lecture halls, and - as is often portrayed in film and television - a lifestyle that is seemingly all-consumed by studies - or parties.
The School of Professional Studies is also hosting an Undergraduate Programs Open House, September 29, 2018, from 10:00am - 3:00pm. Prospective students who apply during the Open House will have all application fees waived.
The School of Professional Studies is currently accepting applications for their undergraduate programs for the Fall II (Deadline September 26), Spring I and Spring II sessions.
Adults who have yet to earn an undergraduate degree may not be aware that options exist specifically for degree completion - or if they are aware of such options - may question the authenticity of a non-traditional program.
Yet degree completion programs at non-profit schools can often be the best option for adults who have earned some college credit, providing the same level of difficulty, the same calibre of instruction, and the same access to resources as traditional degree programs. The difference lies in the scheduling of the courses, the cohort demographics - and in some cases - the method of delivery. As with traditional courses of study, degree completion programs can offer a credential in a singular discipline, such as psychology, or can be interdisciplinary, such as a Bachelor of General Studies.
The College of Charleston School of Professional Studies (SPS) offers multiple degree completion options, with curricula designed to help non-traditional students achieve a healthy school/life balance.
Over the course of the first two weeks of classes, the School of Professional Studies was a space of celebration, as the North Campus pulled out all the stops in welcoming new and returning students.
Classes are back in-session at the College of Charleston North Campus, and our faculty and staff would like to extend a hearty welcome - or welcome back - to all students.
We hope that this semester will be a successful one, and would like to remind students that we are here to help in any way that we can - beginning with some tips for developing an effective time management strategy!
According to a study conducted by Georgetown University (2015), 70-80% of college students are engaged in some form of employment, with approximately 25% of students simultaneously working full-time and attending school full-time. Although work experience can have a positive effect both on what one is learning in related coursework, and on career prospects post-graduation, the realities of balancing school and work can present significant challenges. Non-traditional students may be at even greater risk for facing such obstacles, as they often also must attend to family responsiblities.
Whether you are an adult student returning to college after some time away, or have been in school consistently over the past few years, the beginning of a new semester presents a perfect opportunity for developing a time management strategy. This strategy should allow you to clearly assess your priorities, see exactly how much time you have available in a given day (or week, or month), and help you to adjust your schedule to best achieve your goals.
The 6 tips below - along with additional resources from the College of Charleston Center for Student Learning - should assist you in developing an effective time management plan.