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Unlocking Potential: William Paterson University's Center for Degree Completion and Adult Learning

Unlocking Potential: William Paterson University's Center for Degree Completion and Adult Learning

In a world where lifelong learning is not just beneficial but essential, adult learners require educational paths that recognize and utilize their rich life experiences. At William Paterson University's Center for Degree Completion and Adult Learning (DCAL), the mission is to transform these experiences into academic success, providing adult learners with the tools they need to complete their degrees and achieve their professional and personal goals.

Our Commitment to Adult Learners

At DCAL, we operate on a foundational belief in the potential of every adult learner. Our message to you is clear: "We believe in you!" This philosophy is embedded in every interaction and policy. Adult learners bring a diversity of knowledge, skills, and experiences that enrich our university community. Recognizing the unique strengths and challenges of adult students, DCAL is committed to offering personalized support and flexible learning options tailored to your individual needs and goals.

Tailored Educational Pathways

Understanding that our students come from varied educational and professional backgrounds, DCAL offers multiple pathways to help you advance toward degree completion:

Credit by Portfolio: Demonstrate your learning through documentation and receive academic credit.

Credit by Examination: Show proficiency in specific subject areas through examinations.

Credit by Credentials: Use professional licenses and certifications to gain academic credits.

Credit by Transferring Courses: Transfer previously earned credits from accredited institutions.

Credit by Military Training/Experience: Convert military training and experiences into academic credits.

These pathways are designed to validate and credit your prior learning and experiences, reducing both the time and financial costs associated with obtaining your degree.

Diverse Academic Offerings

DCAL provides a wide range of degree programs that cater to the diverse interests and career goals of adult learners:

Business and Management: Degrees such as BS in Accounting, BS in Global Business Studies, BS in Management, and BS in Marketing prepare you for leadership roles in various sectors.

Technology and Analytics: The BS in Information Technology and BS in Applied Business Analytics programs are designed to equip you with cutting-edge skills demanded in today's digital world.

Health and Society: Degrees like the BS in Health Studies explore the intersections of healthcare, policy, and community wellness.

Humanities and Social Sciences: Programs including the BA in Psychology, BA in Sociology, and BA in Liberal Studies offer deep insights into human behavior, society, and cultural studies.

Communication and Public Relations: The BA in Communication and BA in Public Relations programs develop your skills in media, communication theory, and strategic public relations.

Each program is structured to provide not only academic knowledge but also practical skills that are directly applicable to the workplace.

Comprehensive Support Systems

Recognizing the challenges faced by adult learners, DCAL offers comprehensive support services to ensure your educational journey is successful and enriching:

WP Online Student Success Services: Dedicated support for online students to help navigate the challenges of online learning environments.

Career Services: Assistance with career planning, resume writing, interview preparation, and job placement.

Networking Opportunities: Opportunities to connect with peers, faculty, and industry professionals through various events and workshops.

Engaging with the Community

At DCAL, we believe that education is not just about acquiring knowledge but also about building community. We encourage our students to engage with each other and with the broader university community through:

Student Organizations and Leadership Opportunities: Participate in student government or professional organizations that align with your career goals.

Community Service Projects: Get involved in community service initiatives that allow you to give back while developing new skills.

Planning Your Future

We understand that deciding to return to school is a significant decision. That's why we offer one-on-one virtual sessions to explore your options and design a plan that best suits your needs. Our advisors are here to help you navigate the complexities of returning to school, ensuring that you make informed decisions about your educational and career goals.

Contact Information

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please reach out to us:

SCPE: (973) 720-3698

DCAL: [email protected]

WPONLINE-UG: [email protected]

William Paterson University's Center for Degree Completion and Adult Learning is more than just a program-it is a gateway to new possibilities. Whether you are looking to advance in your current field, switch careers, or fulfill a personal dream of completing your college education, DCAL offers the resources, support, and flexibility to help you achieve your goals. We invite you to join our vibrant community of learners and to take the next step toward unlocking your potential.

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