Champlain Adds Accelerated Degree Program –

Online students at Vermont-based Champlain College may qualify to finish their degrees faster with fewer credit hours.

Champlain’s new “Personalized Access to Higher Education” (PATHe) program will enable adult learners with previous college and work experience to accelerate their degree by testing out of up to 90 credit hours, taking online workshops, and transferring credits from other schools.

Students who are exempt from the possible 90 credits are left with only 30 credits of upper level online courses, which are divided into seven-week sessions.

Students will consult with a PATHe advisor who will review each student’s resume, college transcripts, military and/or professional training, and other life experience to determine the most efficient academic path to degree completion.

Champlain currently offers undergraduate business degrees in accounting, business management, economic crime investigation, integrated studies, computer information systems, computer forensics, management information systems, network security, software development, and web design, and a Master in Business Administration.

“Adults are not just older 18 year-olds,” Mika Nash, academic dean of Champlain College’s Online and Continuing Education Division, said in a press release. “Because of work and life experience, many [students] are already experts in a variety of subjects. PATHe ensures motivated students, especially those with past college credits or military experience, can stay on track and earn a degree faster and more affordably than ever before. The completion consultant is what makes this program different. You are never just on your own.”

Established in 1878, Champlain College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools & Colleges, and is ranked 13th in the North Region by U.S. News and World Report and in the top 15 percent of colleges by the Princeton Review.

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