George Fox decision could help people better prepare for employment
Education, from kindergarten to students seeking master's degrees, has taken a substantial hit since the onset of the coronavirus in March. One entity is making accommodations designed to remove at least a few of those barriers to an education in Oregon.
George Fox University announced in April that it will temporarily waive application fees and other requirements for some students seeking an undergraduate degree. The move, according to a release from the university, is also designed to improve the employment possibilities for graduates at a time when millions have either loss or been laid off from jobs across the county.
"I want prospective students to know that, in light of these extraordinary circumstances, we are doing our best to empower adults to complete their education," John Regier, GFU director of graduate and adult degree admissions, said. "We're making these changes to enhance what we already have in place that makes finishing a degree feasible for busy adults. Among other things, we accept life learning as credits and offer the convenience of classes online."
The school's emphasis is on its adult degree program, designed to allow working adults to complete their bachelor's degree in 16 to 20 months for those who have already earned an associate's degree or equivalent. To that end, those who apply to the Newberg institution by Aug. 31 need not pay an application fee, complete an essay or provide references to be considered for the program. In addition, student will only be requested once the student is enrolled in school, a move that allows students with only unofficial transcripts to apply.
The school has also transitioned the program to an online format, "which offers flexibility for those who are working or have family obligations," the release said, adding that once the school's regular schedule resumes students will have the option to continue online classes or take in-person classes at the university's Portland Center.
Prospective students may apply the special admissions offer to four of George Fox's accelerated bachelor's degree programs – in management and organizational leadership, healthcare administration, project management, and social and behavioral studies.
Students can earn up to 30 hours of elective credit for professional training and/or life learning through the school's prior learning assessment process, submitting prior learning essays, trainings, and certificates to demonstrate learning outside of the classroom so that they can finish their degree faster.
To learn more or apply, visit HYPERLINK "http://adultdegree.georgefox.edu" adultdegree.georgefox.edu or call 888-888-0178.
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