The DCP Blog

Is a Bachelor’s Degree One of Your Goals?

Take a moment and picture your life five or even ten years from now. How would going back to school and attaining a Bachelor’s Degree enhance that vision? One of our students, Lesjune’ Dishman, has a clear vision. She is currently working toward a Behavioral Health degree and taking classes one night a week in our cohort program with other working adults like herself.. She knows the steps she needs to take to reach her goals and the Degree Completion Program at Arizona Christian University is helping her accomplish her objectives. Recently, we asked Lesjune’ about her experience as an adult student at ACU, and this is what she had to say: “The DCP at ACU has motivated me to new heights. I have been re-energized in my education, and in my spirit. I am just three classes into my program and I am so full with knowledge. The curriculum is powerful and enlightening. My sole priority now is to receive a Master’s degree so I can come back and teach at this college. I feel very fortunate to have been accepted into this program.”   What are your dreams and ambitions? If earning your Bachelor’s Degree would help you reach your goals, the Degree Completion Program may be the right choice for you. With courses in Behavioral Health, Business Administration, and Christian Ministries, we can help you in your career, your personal aspirations, and ministry areas. Start now and you can finish your degree in only 18...

Earn Your Christian Ministry Degree

The Christian Ministry degree is designed to prepare leaders. With the right tools and education, ministry leaders can maximize their effectiveness in churches, mission work, and even the business world. The biblical foundation of the Christian Ministry courses in the Degree Completion Program at Arizona Christian University gives students these necessary tools. The core curriculum is focused on establishing a Christian worldview. This enables students to learn, prepare, and build upon the biblical foundation provided in the studies.   Learn Students learning in the Christian Ministry program study a variety of biblical topics and practical ministry insights. Courses such as Biblical Interpretation, Life and Teaching of Jesus, and Pastoral Epistles dig deep into the Bible to offer a foundation on how to study the Word of God. On the other hand, courses such as Servant Leadership, Foundations of Christian Education, and Current Issues in Theology provide students with knowledge useful in ministering or pastoring to others. Prepare The Christian Ministry degree at Arizona Christian University prepares students with the skills needed to fulfill God’s calling on their vocation. Whether the goal is to preach the gospel, pastor to others behind the scenes, or work in a non-profit ministry, courses such as Intercultural Studies, Principles of Teaching, and Management of Not-For-Profit Organizations prepare students with the ability to answer His call as a competent servant. Build The Degree Completion Program enables students to take knowledge gained from the courses and build upon the experiences they have already gained in their lives. Students foster strong relationships and are encouraged by faculty and classmates working together toward the same goal. While they...
Surviving College as an Adult Student

Surviving College as an Adult Student

“I was beat down, burnt out, and spiritually dry…” The academic rigor of university classes can become exhausting, especially when you have a family, career, and ministry obligations. Prior to enrolling in the Degree Completion Program (DCP), I was a full time student at ACU, and I was not convinced that I would be able to continue to endure the stressful schedule that was required to get my degree. I was beat down, burnt out, and spiritually dry due to the schedule I was attempting to maintain. I was driving an hour each direction to campus, sitting in classes for 8 hours (twice a week), and completing 25-30 hours of homework a week. All of this was added to my attempts at being a good husband, father, and business owner. I constantly felt like I was trying to paddle up a river, and I was exhausted. “The DCP has been an Amazing Blessing…” Thankfully, I was informed by ACU that the DCP was created for adult individuals like myself, and that the program would be much more conducive to my busy life schedule. Fortunately, this has been true! The DCP has been an amazing blessing and opportunity for me because I am able to continue working diligently towards an academic goal, but do not have to sacrifice essential elements of my life in order to achieve it. “The DCP has Alleviated a lot of Stress from my Life…” Also, the DCP has been a great learning environment because the other students in the classes have life and work experiences that they bring into the classroom. This is important because...
Three Degree Programs to Begin in January

Three Degree Programs to Begin in January

This is an incredible time for the Degree Completion Program at Arizona Christian University! In January we are very excited about offering various areas of emphasis within the Business Administration degree. These emphases are: Healthcare Management, Homeland Security, Information Technology, Marketing, Non-Profit Management, Organizational Leadership, and Project Management. These emphases provide those interested in furthering, or starting, their career in any of these areas with the opportunity to focus in their preparation for the job market. This will allow the ACU Degree Completion students to become even more competitive in the marketplace. While the Business Administration areas of emphasis are exciting in their own right, that is not all that the Degree Completion Program is working on for January. For the first time, we are planning to offer all three degrees: Behavioral Health, Christian Ministries, and Business Administration. In the past, only two degrees have been offered at a time. Now, when we have enough students to enroll in a cohort, all of the participants will be able to start in January, regardless of the degree they are choosing. Knowing the Right Degree for You: Students graduating with a degree in Behavioral Health will be able to choose from a variety of job opportunities in the mental health community and will be prepared to pursue graduate work to lead into licensure in counseling. Christian Ministry graduates will be leaders prepared to function in either a church or non-profit organization. The curriculum within this degree program establishes a solid biblical foundation and Christian worldview. These are essential for effectiveness in a variety of ministries. Students finishing the Business Administration program...
Serving Veterans with the Degree Completion Program

Serving Veterans with the Degree Completion Program

The Degree Completion Program at Arizona Christian University is ideal for veterans who are interested in utilizing available benefits to continue their college education. Often, the class schedule of one night a week is convenient for balancing work and family responsibilities. One of our students, Jonathan, is a veteran who is able to take advantage of services from Veteran Affairs and pursue a degree in Christian Ministries from ACU. Jonathan writes: I have been a student at ACU for the past couple of years. Leaving the traditional classes for the Degree Completion Program, has enabled me to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in the allotted time given from my VA benefits. In addition, the DCP has allowed my family a much better schedule for our everyday lives. It has allowed my wife more time for her studies, and for myself, more time with our children. Socially, I still see familiar faces on campus and have had the opportunity to meet new wonderful people in the DCP. Three classes down, several more ahead! If you’re a veteran who would like to finish your degree in Behavioral Health, Business Administration, or Christian Ministries you can apply for the Degree Completion Program and Veteran Benefits in three steps: 1. Apply for the appropriate VA benefit at the VONAPP website: ebenefits.va.gov 2. Submit a copy of your completed VA paperwork to the Degree Completion Office in person, by fax at 1-800-971-3689, or by e-mail at dcp@arizonachristian.edu 3. Complete the Degree Completion Program application process found at arizonachristian.edu/dcp. We are grateful for the service provided by the many men and women that have served our...

Christian Community for Adult Learners at ACU

When I was finishing my bachelor’s degree as a young wife and soon-to-be mother, I remember that feeling of fear and nervousness in my stomach every time I started a new class. A new class meant sitting in a room of strangers who, though close to my age at the time, held a very different lifestyle. Even if I became friends with one or two of the students around me, I usually never saw them again after the semester ended. One of the things I love about the Degree Completion Program (DCP) at Arizona Christian University is that our adult students do not need to experience that sense of anxiety at the beginning of each semester. Instead of being in a room of strangers, they remain in a cohort and continue on in their classes with the same students they met from the first night of orientation. Not only are the fellow students familiar, they form friendships and a tight networking group as everyone in the class shares common goals and life responsibilities. All of the courses in the DCP are geared toward adults and are taught within a Christian community. I’ve often found the students refreshed by the sense of encouragement they gain by their fellow students as well as the staff and faculty. The cohorts learn that they can count on each other for prayer and support. It is so encouraging for me to see our adult students thrive in this form of Christian education. Not only are they learning from the instructors the necessary skills and aptitudes they need for success in their chosen vocation, their...

WORDS…like “Andragogy”

Now there’s a fancy word, if I ever saw one.   The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines andragogy as “the art or science of teaching adults.” Andragogy is what ACU trains your instructors to do.   We want them to teach adults the way adults learn rather than the way children learn. Words are the building blocks of knowledge in every field. We should never stop learning new words. Adding to our vocabulary is an essential aspect of life-long learning for adults. I have the privilege of watching my grandson every Wednesday. He is 18 months old and I am amazed at his language development. He is a sponge when is comes to learning new words and using them properly. I also sense his frustration when he can’t find a word he needs to communicate. Aren’t adults just the same? Our vocabulary will either increase our capacity to speak and write well or frustrate us because we can’t find the word we need to communicate effectively. Without a wide breadth and depth of vocabulary, adults lack a critical tool for success. So, what should you do to increase your vocabulary? Below is the 4-step process I use to add to my vocabulary. You might find it helpful for your own use. 1. MARK IT: Never read anything without a pen in hand. Identify words you don’t know by underlining them or writing them down. If you are reading something in electronic format, underline or highlight unknown words. Never just skip over a word you don’t know. 2. LOOK IT UP: Preferably while you are reading, stop and look up the word you have...

“Enlightening Educational and Spiritual Experience”

The best way to find out what the Degree Completion Program (DCP) courses are like at Arizona Christian University is to ask our students. Rachel is a young entrepreneur and mother that is currently in the DCP earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Behavioral Health. Read what she has to say about her experience as an adult student at ACU: ACU is the definition of an enlightening educational and spiritual experience. As I approach my second semester as an adult cohort student at ACU, I can’t thank Lisa Beaman and Dr. Ellis enough for their ongoing support and dedication to adult learning. Going back to school in your late twenties or early thirties may cause one to think they will need to successfully relate to being eighteen years old again if they want to thrive in an undergraduate program. Please note that is not the case at ACU. I will be thirty in five days and all of my class peers are either as YOUNG as I am or older. We are a diversified group that brings a strong desire to learn and grow both spiritually and academically. We all poses multiple years of work experience in various fields, and have families at home that depend on us. My cohort group is an extension of me and I look forward to graduation in May, 2016 when I will look to my right and left and thank them for their support and encouragement. We truly are a family that lives by faith, strives to be servant leaders, and will go and make disciples as God commands.  What about you?...
Degree Completion Program Impact

Degree Completion Program Impact

I knew coming to a Christian University would great, but I really did not think that in such a short amount of time I would learn so much about my faith, people and serving God. Having been retired now for three and half years from the Marine Corps, I have had a desire to earn a degree.  I visited several other campuses but was not happy with the environment, time schedules and classes.  I heard about ACU in passing and checked it out.  At the time, I asked God to lead me to a learning institution where his spirit would be allowed to move and I would not be corralled around, or jammed into a mold for younger students just coming out of High School. After attending only three classes: Christian World View, Interpersonal-Conflict and Servant-Leadership, I am amazed at the amount I have learned. My view of Christianity has been strengthened, providing confidence when questioned about it.  My personal, work and married life has become more fulfilling, as I have learned how to better deal with all the different conflicts that arise in day-to-day struggles. Lastly, I have been able to significantly help and assist my wife deal with conflict situation at her new job.  We both have a different outlook, connecting work and worship as one integrated form of life, with little to no separation between. What a true blessing this program has been.  I am amazed at what I have learned so far and thinking to the future I cannot wait to see all I will know and be able to perform in 20 short months....

Succeeding as an Adult Student

Succeeding as a student when you’ve gone back to college to finish your degree may seem like an overwhelming goal. Like all goals, however, it’s important to break down the steps into something that is achievable and measurable. If thinking about the program, or all of the credits you still need to fill, is too daunting or discouraging, try focusing on one semester – or even one class at a time. Before you know it, you’ll be well on your way! Each semester and course can also be broken down to several smaller, attainable objectives. Ask yourself what you can do to make each portion of your goal a success. Can I attend each of my classes? Can I read for one hour a day? Two hours? Can I complete all of my assignments? Can I complete them on time? Try using the same place each time you work on your reading or assignments. Pick a quiet place where you can spread out your work and focus on the subject. However, you should also take your text book everywhere. You never know when you’ll be stuck waiting somewhere and will have some extra time to read. If you find yourself in a tough class, talk with your instructor to figure out the root of the problem. Most likely, they will help you take steps to catch up with your studies. Ask yourself: What can I do to move forward and not lose momentum? Don’t forget to reward yourself when you accomplish the various pieces of your goal. (Personally, I like chocolate!) Treat yourself to something special when you finish...
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