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APSU debuts first accelerated bachelor's degree program

Go faster. Thats the promise of Austin Peay State Universitys first accelerated bachelors degree program, which begins this fall.

The new Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies (BSPS) program will enable students who meet prerequisites to complete a bachelors degree in 14 months or less.

Offered on APSUs main campus, the Accelerated BSPS provides a fast-tracked education-delivery method that combines online and on-site classes. Each student will work within a cohort group of no more than 30 students.
“Go faster.” That's the promise of Austin Peay State University's first accelerated bachelor's degree program, which begins this fall.

The new Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies (BSPS) program will enable students who meet prerequisites to complete a bachelor's degree in 14 months or less.

Offered on APSU's main campus, the Accelerated BSPS provides a fast-tracked education-delivery method that combines online and on-site classes. Each student will work within a cohort group of no more than 30 students.

The original BSPS Program, offered through the APSU Center @ Fort Campbell, was designed for students who have completed associate of applied science degrees at accredited community colleges or technical schools and who want to complete a four-year degree to improve themselves personally and to increase their upward mobility professionally.

Like the original BSPS Program, the Accelerated BSPS provides a near-seamless transition from technical fields to an appropriate bachelor's degree program, while enhancing the student's general education through prescribed core courses.

Students enrolling in the Accelerated BSPS Program must meet the standard admissions requirements. The program is inverted, with students taking the first two years at a community college or technical school (associate of applied science program) and completing the junior and senior years at APSU.

Austin Peay's Accelerated BSPS is comprised of seven learning blocks of five weeks each. The sixth week is unassigned time. For each five-week term, cohort students will register for two predetermined coursesone on site and one online. The on-site course will meet from 6-10 p.m., Thursdays, and the cohort project groups will meet once weekly at a time decided by the group. For the convenience of students, class sites are located both on and off campus.

Each enrollee is assigned an adviser who will evaluate previous coursework, prepare a program of study and draw up a contract between the student and APSU. The contract will list previous credits applied to the BSPS and the courses required for degree completion.

Dr. Bruce Speck, provost and vice president for academic and student affairs, says, “The Accelerated BSPS Program is designed for adults interested in earning a degree expeditiously and affordably while maintaining quality and the integrity of the bachelor's degree.”

Dr. Cecile T. Massé, Hermitage, has been hired as the full-time, interim program manager. She assumed her new duties Aug. 1, 2005, and will be working closely with Dr. Phil Hatch, director of the original B.S. in Professional Studies Program.
Massé holds a Ph.D. in organizational behavior from The Union Institute and University, Cincinnati, and a master's degree in human resource management from Pepperdine University in California. Her bachelor's in French is from the College of Our Lady of the Elms, Chicopee, Mass.

A longtime faculty member, Massé has taught online for the University of Phoenix and Regis University and on site for the University of Tampa and the University of Sarasota. She also has administrative experience as both a college dean and chair of the University of Phoenix's Graduate Business and Management Program. During the 1970s, she was director of training for the General Services Administration, Washington, D.C.

For more information about Austin Peay's new Accelerated BSPS Program, telephone Massé or Hatch at (931) 221-1400.
—Dennie Burke