ACU expanding into MetroplexPosted March 17, 2015
Abilene Christian University has announced plans to expand its presence in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex with a new campus and several new graduate programs.
“The Metroplex expansion is part of a strategic plan to diversify and extend ACU’s reach,” said president Dr. Phil Schubert. “It allows us to serve a greater number of students who are seeking online and graduate degrees, particularly those students who want a degree from a Christian perspective."
The search for a site is underway, and new degree programs are moving through faculty approval and accreditation procedures of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
Key programs that will launch out of the new campus are:
- Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership - Online (May 2015 - Summer 1 Term), pending SACSCOC approval
- Master of Marriage and Family Therapy - Online (May 2015 - Summer 1 Term)
- Certificate in Medical Family Therapy - Online (May 2015 - Summer 1 Term)
- Master of Business Administration - Online (Aug. 2015 - Fall 1 Term), pending faculty approval and SACSCOC approval
- Master of Divinity/Master of Christian Ministry - Online with residencies (Aug. 2015 - Fall 1 Term)
- Dietetic Internship Program/Certificate - Dallas (currently active)
- Doctor of Nursing Practice - Online (research, projected Fall 2016 launch) - research and proposal phase
- Master of Communication Sciences and Disorders - Dallas (projected Fall 2016 launch) - pending American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and SACSCOC approval
The university currently operates ACU at CitySquare on North Akard Street in downtown Dallas, which allows both undergraduate and graduate students opportunities to apply their learning in real-life situations. ACU students have won awards, including a global Design for Change award, and have been lauded by community leaders for their efforts to solve problems associated with poverty in urban settings while working alongside staff for the nonprofit CitySquare organization.
This new endeavor will build upon the university’s presence in the Metroplex by extending online and graduate offerings to a broader demographic. The site will provide a home base for an expanded selection of online degrees and also will allow for evening, weekend and short courses to be taught on-site. Most of the programs will be offered online or in a hybrid (online with residency) format. ACU will offer a limited number of programs that are face to face as opportunity arises in the future.
Two new leadership roles have been created to lead the effort. Dr. Stephen Johnson, vice president of academic affairs for ACU Dallas, will move to the Metroplex to lead the new site alongside Jay Goin, executive vice president for ACU Dallas.
“The new location will offer our sizable alumni base – including those who are working full time – convenient access to graduate degrees as well as reaching new students in the Metroplex who are seeking an exceptional, Christ-centered graduate school experience,” Schubert said.
Why is ACU opening a new location?
Since 1906, ACU has been educating students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world. The university has grown its reach and influence, distinguishing itself for a deep and abiding commitment to an excellent Christ-centered education.
The opportunity to expand in the Metroplex will allow us to serve new markets and to engage current trends in higher education. The new location will offer our sizable alumni base – including those who are working full time – convenient acces to a Christ-centered graduate degree, as well as reach students in the area who are seeking an exceptional graduate school experience. It will allow us to serve a broader group of adult, non-traditional students, and it will provide a home base for our expanding online graduate programs.
Where will the site be located?
A search is underway for an additional site in an area north of Dallas.
What degrees will be offered?
The specific degree programs are in faculty and accreditation approval processes. Most of these programs will be offered online or in a hybrid (online with residency) format. We will offer a limited number of programs that are face to face in Dallas as opportunity arises in the future.
How is this different from ACU at CitySquare in Dallas?
ACU’s partnership with CitySquare represents a unique opportunity for undergraduate students and unique graduate programs such as the Dietetic Internship and Certificate Program, and also the Master of Science in Social Work. CitySquare offers these students the chance to apply learning in real-life situations in an urban setting. As ACU’s presence in the Metroplex continues to grow, the downtown Dallas learning center will continue to provide one of a kind opportunities for our students. The purpose of the new site is to provide a home base for expanded online graduate programs in the Metroplex and beyond, specifically serving adult, professional students.
For information, contact Dr. Stephen Johnson, vice president of academic affairs for ACU Dallas at email@example.com.
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