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ACU halves tuition for school administration master's program

For immediate release
April 3, 2003

Beginning this summer, Abilene Christian University will offer a 50 percent tuition discount for students enrolled in the educational administration master’s program in the Department of Education.

As the only school in the 12-county Region 14 area to offer a school administration master’s degree, ACU hopes to better serve West Texas through this new half-tuition scholarship program, said Dr. Pat Simpson, chair of the Department of Education.

“We see this as a real part of our ACU mission because when we strengthen our schools, we change the world,” Simpson said.

As of June 1, all students in the master’s degree in educational administration program or the 15-hour superintendent certification program will receive the scholarship, which will cover half the ACU tuition price.

“We’ve noticed that some students in this area may be driving long distances to go to state schools for their master’s in administration,” Simpson said. “Many who certify as principals are living on a teacher’s salary and money is a real issue for them. We want to be able to offer a program they can afford without having to drive long distances.”

In preparation for this possibility, the Graduate School, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Department of Education studied the cost impact of such a program.

“We discovered that we can offer this master’s program at a relatively low cost to the university,” Simpson said. “All of our graduate faculty members also teach undergraduate education classes. Also, we offer about four courses during the year and even more in the summer. By offering our classes this way, which we would do anyway to accommodate teachers’ schedules, we can provide the graduate program at fairly low cost.”

The Master of Education in school principalship is a 39-hour program, which is usually completed over three years. A 15-hour superintendent certificate program is also available. In addition to the scholarship, students will also be eligible for Texas Equalization Grant funds if they qualify.


If you are a member of the media who would like more information about this release, please contact Wendy Kilmer, university news coordinator.

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