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Saturday, November 17, 2018

UCCI set to unveil new degree program for working adults | Education - Cayman Compass

University College of the Cayman Islands President Roy Bodden believes the country’s adult population is an untapped resource for college study, inform Mark Muckenfuss, Journalist. 

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“I was always interested in growing the numbers of the institution,” Mr. Bodden said, noting that enrollment in recent years has plateaued at about 1,200 students, almost all of whom are in their late teens or early 20s.

Recently, he said, he was at a conference when he heard Goldie Blumenstyk, a senior writer at the Chronicle of Higher Education, talking about adult learning.
“I said, ‘Voilà!’” Mr. Bodden said.

Ms. Blumenstyk will be the keynote speaker on Nov. 29, when UCCI hosts a “soft launch” of its Prior Learning Assessment program. Mr. Bodden said he expects the school will soon begin evaluating and accepting students for the program, with the first courses beginning in fall 2019.

The new program is designed to give adults with experience in the working world a leg up on pursuing or completing a college degree. Program administrators will grant prospective students with appropriate work experience course credit toward a degree, thus shortening the time it takes to graduate...

The initial course offerings are expected to be limited to business studies. Mr. Bodden said students will be assessed individually.

Source: Cayman Compass