The School of Professional Studies program seeks to serve the University by providing educational services to the traditional, non-traditional and adult learner matriculating student. The program provides the means by which the University enriches, expands, and extends its primary missions of teaching, research and community service.
Our school purposely seeks adult and non-traditional learners at specific areas throughout the State of Florida to provide career oriented degree and non-degree programs. Outreach programs have been designed to meet the educational, social and cultural needs of adult learners.
The Professional Studies program at Bethune-Cookman University seeks to educate and prepare non-traditional, professionals and educators to investigate and solve domestic and global issues and provide continuous higher learning opportunities for adults who want to begin or advance in careers, enhance lifelong learning, and keep pace with the growing complexities of today's world.
The vision of the School of Professional Studies is based on the premises that all persons throughout their lifetime, should be provided with the opportunity to gain knowledge, develop their creative potential, and become a more productive citizens that seek to serve the total University by providing educational services to the nontraditional matriculating student. The purpose of the school is to extend the resources of the University to a wide range of individuals, special interest groups, and targeted audiences not otherwise served by on-going programs, certification and training. Programs within the school are specifically directed toward those individuals who are working adults who need a non-traditional course schedule at off campus locations and/or weekend/evening courses on-campus.
- Goal 1: To meet the educational needs of learners through creative and nontraditional systems, the School of Professional Studies commits to intentionally define, explain, and predict excellence in higher education for traditional and non-traditional students by offering certificates, training, evening and weekend courses.
- Goal 2: Seeks further to develop learners through high levels of involvement with content, faculty, and immediate application while focusing on Christian values and ethics to provide direction, purpose, and evaluation of personal and professional life action.
- Goal 3: Be responsive to the needs of the area and strives to offer programs and services which support a diverse target audience including business and industry, educational and government agencies, professional groups and associations, and the general community.
- Goal 4: Provide strong academic programs at the professional studies Miller Center for students in the teach-out program that meet the needs of these adult learners. Maintain continuous programmatic review in order to better meet the educational needs of the students.
- Goal 5: Improve academic and career advising to enhance the educational choices of the adult learner. Maintain a student service orientation through “one stop shop” administrative processes.
- Goal 6: Provide a variety of course delivery systems, e.g. evening, online, and weekend classes, at the sites to meet the various learning styles and personal/family needs of the adult learners.
- Goal 7: Maintain partnerships with other educational providers to enhance educational opportunities for students while practicing economies of scale. Explore ways to support community requests for non-credit programming as feasible when related to the mission.
- Goal 8: Establish a model outcomes assessment plan to include assessment of students, courses, programs, advisement, and the department and provide direction, encouragement, support, and recognition for the scholarly growth of faculty.
The School of Professional Studies objectives focus on programs and classes taught by professionals committed to quality education. The courses, programs, activities and events within the School of Professional Studies provide opportunities for students to:
- Value learning as a life-long process and advance the acquisition of knowledge and abilities that enhance a successful personal and professional future and impart a sense of ethics, social responsibility, and community service.
- Establish a foundation in professional or liberal studies by creating a student oriented learning environment with opportunities for student faculty interaction.
- Analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and present information cogently; and to make informed, intelligent decisions that enhance interpersonal relationships and communication skills.
- Acknowledge the importance of technology and how technology impacts opportunities for employment, leadership and management roles.
- Work closely with administrative and/or faculty through the advisement process to select or position courses in the development of their major.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Students will be able to engage in advanced critical thinking skills, including: demonstrating the ability to remember information, understand key concepts, and apply these concepts appropriately.
- Students will demonstrate: advanced written communication skills, advanced oral communication skills, and will be able to express complex ideas with clarity and precision.
- Students will be able to articulate the significance of diversity as a fundamental principle of understanding life.
- Students will be able to apply concepts of: ethical conduct in decision making, ethical conduct in action, social responsibility in decision making, and social responsibility in action.