New course structure gives adult learners more flexibility, options
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Undergraduate adult learners of
the Hargrove School of Adult & Graduate Studies at Lincoln Christian
University will soon benefit from a structural change in course
offerings. Beginning in the fall, all undergraduate courses offered
in the Hargrove School will move from a six-week to an eight-week
format. The change to eight weeks allows for two consecutive
sessions each fall and spring semester along with summer and
intensive course options. The change will apply to all undergraduate
courses offered in the Hargrove School at the LCU campus, the Las
Vegas and Peoria extension sites, and online.
"This approach will offer the greatest flexibility for our
students," said Dr. Shane Wood, academic dean of the Hargrove School
in a letter to the students. "Under this new system, it is possible
to complete more than eight courses per academic year."
decision to restructure course offerings to the eight-week format
was made after surveying undergraduate students in the Hargrove
School last fall. The new format will allow greater depth in program
material and instruction without the frenzy some students might
experience with the accelerated six-week sessions.
The new structure also makes it possible for students to include
one-week intensive courses —
already an option for LCU Seminary and Undergraduate Studies
as part of their degree completion plans. The general format for
intensive courses is one week of in-class instruction with
instructor consultation and preliminary assignments at the
designated location, followed by completion of post-week assignments
as given by the instructor.
Although intensive courses are not offered online, any
undergraduate adult learner may enroll and make arrangements to
participate on location during that week.
"For those whose 'ebb and flow' of life allow a week of intensive
study, our new format gives that option ... (They) will see why this
new approach is so appealing," Wood added.
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Under the eight-week format, students who prefer to take one
class per session may still do so and progress at a pace that fits
their lifestyle. Other students wanting to accelerate their degree
completion may also do so by taking two classes per session and earn
two extra course completions per year. Students may also add
intensive courses twice a year or summer courses for a year-round
academic schedule that could earn them eight or more courses per
"I am so glad to be serving with the faculty and staff of Adult &
Graduate Studies at this time," Wood said. "New ideas are welcome
here. As we move through the spring and summer months, we will be
doing all we can to make the transition is as smooth as possible for
[Text from file received from
Lincoln Christian University]