BPS Fall Cohort Reflects Changing Face of College Students

Posted by Allison Leach on Sep 28, 2018 6:00:00 PM


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.  

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How Degree Completion Programs Meet Student Needs

Posted by Allison Leach on Sep 21, 2018 7:00:00 PM


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.

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Job Interviews: Responding to Difficult Questions

Posted by Allison Leach on Jun 14, 2018 1:00:00 PM

The SPS blog has been re-running several posts from our job search series, in the hopes of helping our Bachelor of Professional Studies'  graduates - and all recent graduates - with their job search.

Job interviews can be nerve wracking all-around, but for adult students, an interview can present scenarios that are particularly anxiety-inducing. Whether you have a large gap in your employment history, are embarking on a new career, or are self-conscious about being in-and-out of school over the years, you may be concerned about how to address your shortcomings in an interview setting.

A prospective employer will generally only schedule an interview with someone who is a viable candidate. If you have been honest on your resume, your shortcomings are usually already apparent, and the interviewer will be looking for you to assure them that you are the right professional for the position.

Below, we’ll address several possible scenarios, demonstrating how you can put a positive spin on your less-than-ideal experiences.

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Job Interviews: Preparation is the Key to Confidence

Posted by Allison Leach on Jun 5, 2018 3:00:00 PM

The SPS blog has been re-running several posts from our job search series, in the hopes of helping our Bachelor of Professional Studies'  graduates - and all recent graduates - with their job search.

Everyone who fills out a job application hopes to “land” an interview, but the notion of an impending interview can strike fear and anxiety in even the most composed of candidates.

As with every part of the job search process, research and preparation is key. Going into an interview with an idea of who you are meeting, what you might be asked, and what you plan to say, can have a significant impact on your confidence level and overall presentation.

Below, we have compiled a list of preparation tips that will hopefully ease uncertainties, and put you on the path to “landing” your ideal job.

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Keys to a Successful Skype Interview

Posted by Allison Leach on May 31, 2018 2:00:00 PM

The SPS blog has been re-running several posts from our job search series, in the hopes of helping recent graduates with their job search.

Today's post is well-aligned with a key component of the SPS curriculum goals, as it encourages development of a critical skill for 21st century professionals: remote engagement.  Whether by Skype, Zoom, GoTo Meeting, or another platform, today's  professionals need to know how to present themselves through remote communication.


Increasingly, employers are turning to Skype as an alternative to conducting initial in-person or telephone interviews - particularly when the applicant is at a geographical distance. Unfortunately, many job seekers are not aware of how to conduct a polished interview in the digital space, resulting in a poor first impression.

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Why Choose a Degree Completion Program?

Posted by Allison Leach on Nov 1, 2016 5:00:11 PM

The following article,  originally published on  our blog in Spring 2016, highlights the benefits of enrolling in a degree completion program.  The School of Professional Studies is currently accepting applications for the Spring I (January 11) and Spring II (March 3) sessions, and will soon be accepting applications for Fall 2017.


If someone were looking to complete his or her bachelor’s degree, it seems only logical that he or she would seek out a program specifically designed to help with this process. Yet many prospective students are not even aware that such an option exists, or may question he authenticity of a non-traditional program.
Degree completion programs at non-profit schools provide the same level of difficulty, the same calibre of instructors, 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 Pofessional Studies.

The College of Charleston School of Professional Studies (SPS) offers a degree completion option in its Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) program: a course of study designed to help non-traditional students achieve a healthy school/life balance.

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Why Choose a Degree Completion Program?

Posted by Allison Leach on Jun 1, 2016 3:30:00 PM

If someone were looking to complete his or her bachelor’s degree, it seems only logical that he or she would seek out a program specifically designed to help with this process. Yet many prospective students are not even aware that such an option exists, or may question the authenticity of a non-traditional program.

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Job Interviews: Answering Difficult Questions

Posted by Allison Leach on May 24, 2016 3:00:00 PM

Job interviews can be nerve wracking all-around, but for non-traditional students, an interview can present scenarios that are particularly anxiety inducing. Whether you have a large gap in your employment history, are embarking on a new career, or are self-conscious about being in-and-out of school over the years, you may be concerned about how to address your shortcomings in an interview setting.

A prospective employer will generally only schedule an interview with someone who is a viable candidate. If you have been honest on your resume, your shortcomings are usually already apparent, and the interviewer will be looking for you to assure them that you are the right professional for the position.

Below, we’ll address several possible scenarios, demonstrating how you can put a positive spin on your less-than-ideal experiences.

Read More

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Job Interviews: Preparation is the Key to Confidence

Posted by Allison Leach on May 20, 2016 3:00:00 PM

Everyone who fills out a job application hopes to “land” an interview, but the notion of an impending interview can strike fear and anxiety in even the most composed of candidates.
As with every part of the job search process, research and preparation is key. Going into an interview with an idea of who you are meeting with, what they might ask, and what you plan to say, can have a significant impact on your confidence level, and your overall presentation.
As a part of our continuing job search series, we have compiled a list of preparation tips that will hopefully ease uncertainties, and put you on the path to “landing” your ideal job.

Read More

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Secrets to a Successful Skype Interview

Posted by Allison Leach on Apr 5, 2016 6:58:33 PM



Increasingly, employers are turning to Skype as an alternative to conducting initial in-person or telephone interviews - particularly when the applicant is at a geographical distance. Unfortunately, many job seekers are not aware of how to conduct a polished interview in the digital space, resulting in a poor first impression.

Few differences exist between how one should present oneself in a digital interview versus a traditional interview: applicants should always aim for a professional and engaging presentation.  However, digital interviews do require some additional preparation and staging in order to successfully demonstrate that professionalism and connection. SPS professor Dr. Alice Hamilton, who teaches digital interview skills as a component of PRST 230 - Professional Presentations, notes that while students may feel intimidated by the notion of presenting themselves on camera, the digital interview setting can be advantageous. “With a Skype interview, you can control your environment to a greater degree; you just need the proper techniques,” offers Hamilton.

Below we have compiled some of those techniques, to help our students make a polished and professional digital impression:

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