As with any of life’s major journeys, going back to college can be less intimidating with a trusted friend to help you along the way.
| Deborah Booros, Dean of Lifelong Learning at DeSales University |
That’s the thinking with ACCESS, the accelerated bachelor’s degree program for adults at DeSales University. Each ACCESS student is guided by their own personal academic advisor throughout their entire experience at DeSales–from enrollment through to graduation. Unlike other institutions where students may be shuttled from counselor to counselor throughout the semesters, ACCESS students enjoy the stability of single source support to help them throughout the academic continuum.
“Going back to college as an adult can be challenging enough. We believe you shouldn’t have to do it alone.” explains Deborah Booros, dean of lifelong learning at DeSales University. “With ACCESS, students always have a trusted insider to help them navigate through curriculum selection, class scheduling, financial assistance and other complexities. Our academic advisors also take a personal interest in each student, encouraging them when the going gets rough, keeping them focused on the academic goals which will result in life-changing improvements in their careers and futures.”
Joanne Haws, M.Ed., associate dean of lifelong learning at DeSales University’s Center Valley Campus, and a former ACCESS student emphasizes the “authenticity of understanding” factor unique to each student-advisor relationship. “Most of us have been there. We’ve faced the rigors of balancing school, jobs and family responsibilities. An important part of our mission is motivating individual students to stay focused, earn their degree.”
Across the Lehigh Valley in Easton, Linda Bell, M.Ed. is the ACCESS director at DeSales University’s Easton Area Campus. In her 20-year academic career, she served as an academic advisor for more than 15 years and still enjoys helping students live up their potential through ACCESS.
“The ACCESS program has evolved dramatically with so much more learning technology, expanded schedule options, online classes and, now, our newest campus in Lansdale. But a fundamental distinction of the ACCESS experience is still the one-on-one relationship we develop with every student,” she says, adding with a smile, “and that will never change. It’s one of the reasons ACCESS is so unique and so successful among adult learners.”
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