It’s Not Too Late!

It’s Not Too Late!

If you’re thinking about going back to school and finishing your degree – it’s never too late! In fact, Arizona Christian University has made it easier than ever for professional adults to go back to school and earn a Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Health, Business Administration or Christian Ministries. The Degree Completion Program (DCP) is designed for adults who are ready to take the next step of their education. We are committed to helping our students successfully complete their college degree. Due to our unique class format, many students can graduate from ACU in as little as 20 months. Are you ready? With two convenient locations in the Valley, you could begin your path toward finishing your education with the Degree Completion Program on September 22! The DCP staff will be glad to walk through the three step Application Process with you and help you develop an academic plan that works best for you. Apply Now to get started! Join us for Orientation from 6-8pm at either campus: ACU Main Campus 2625 E Cactus Rd, Phoenix, AZ Contact Linda Gillenwater, 602-386-4118 ACU East Campus 2777 S Gilbert Rd, Chandler, AZ Contact Linda Gillenwater, 602-386-4118...

DCP Welcomes Shelley Nelson to the Team!

It is so amazing to see the Degree Completion Program growing! Now that we have a beautiful new east-side location, we’ve been able to add Shelley Nelson as the DCP Campus Director for ACU East. Shelley may be new in her position as a Campus Director, but she is not new to DCP! Several of our Business Administration students know her already as an instructor from some of their courses. In fact, Shelley has been an adjunct faculty member at ACU in both DCP and the traditional program since 2011. As a resident of Chandler, Shelley brings a great deal of both local and institutional knowledge to the team. She will be a great asset we bring more educational accessibility to East Valley residents. It’s great to have such a familiar face become even more involved in the program and its growth! When asked about how she feels about leading the new DCP campus in Chandler she explains,“I’m super excited to bring the degree completion program to the East Valley. It’s just perfect for adults who want to finish their degree. The Christian worldview woven throughout each course gives students a new perspective that’s truly life-changing. Can’t wait to get started!” Shelley has already spoken with several adults in the area who are looking forward to going back to school in a Christian environment in their own back yard. It’s as if they’ve been waiting for an opportunity like this. Now, finishing their degree is much more accessible! What about you? Class begin September 27th at The Grove Church, 2777 S. Gilbert Rd in Chandler, AZ and at the Main...
Announcing New East-Side Location for DCP!

Announcing New East-Side Location for DCP!

Arizona Christian University is committed to helping adults go back to school to finish their Bachelor’s degrees. Now, to make it even more convenient, we have added a new site to the East Valley for Degree Completion students. The same incredible degrees of Behavioral Health, Business Administration, and Christian Ministries will be offered at The Grove in Chandler this fall.* The Degree Completion Program is continuing as usual at our main ACU Campus on Cactus Rd, in Central Phoenix. The addition of ACU East now allows new students to choose the most convenient option. An informational meeting will be held at The Grove Church in Chandler, AZ on August 30, 2015. Watch for more details and sign-up info or contact our staff at 602-386-4183 or dcpinfo@arizonachristian.edu to register. Apply today for either ACU Main or ACU East! You can also e-mail dcpinfo@arizonachristian.edu for more information about our degree programs to find out how you can complete your degree in as little as 20 months! Are you ready to take the next step toward success? Call 602-386-4183 today and speak to Fernando Cota, DCP Admissions Counselor, or e-mail him at Fernando.Cota@arizonachristian.edu, and he’ll be glad to help you put you on the right path toward success and answer any questions you may have.       *Pending HLC approval for full degree at East Valley...
The DCP Launches New Website!

The DCP Launches New Website!

The Degree Completion Program now offers more comprehensive information along with a brand new look on the recently launched web pages! Check it out to find out more about the program, how to get started, and the three different degrees being offered in the Bachelor Degree program for working adults. For those wondering if the Degree Completion Program is the right fit, the new site offers more interactive tools in specific items of interest such as financial aid, veteran benefits, or degree requirements. The benefits of the program, as well as the specific course lists in the Behavioral Health, Business Administration, and Christian Ministry degrees, are also outlined. We even have a new web address! Visit DCP.arizonachristian.edu to check out the new pages and find out all the information you need or to pass the word along to friends or family who might be interested. Of course the new website still offers the same features of the online application and opportunity to request additional information. All the tools to connect with the DCP on Social Media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter are still there as well. Is the Degree Completion Program right for you? Call to speak to Fernando Cota, DCP Admissions Counselor or e-mail him at Fernando.Cota@arizonachristian.edu and he’ll be glad to help you get started and answer any...
Benefits of Earning Your Degree

Benefits of Earning Your Degree

A college degree is so much more than just a piece of paper or a diploma hanging on a wall. In today’s society, earning a Bachelor’s Degree equals the ability to earn a higher salary, be more satisfied in a career, and develop an overall higher quality of life. New studies are showing that the “earnings gap between young adults with and without bachelor’s degrees has stretched to its widest level in nearly half a century.” In the long run the value of a college education outweighs the rising cost of tuition. The Pew Research Center recently published a report on the Rising Cost of Not Going to College. Their findings point out that “virtually every measure of economic well-being and career attainment – from personal earnings to job satisfaction to the share employed full time – young college graduates are outperforming their peers with less education.” They explain that when today’s young adults are compared to others from previous generations, the disparity has never been greater between the economic outcomes of college graduates and those who have a high school diploma or less formal education. The study of employed 25-32 year-olds also finds that those who are “college graduates are more likely than those without any college experience to say that their education has been ‘very useful’ in preparing them for work and a career (46% vs. 31%).” This study also states that the young adults with an education agree that they have the necessary training to advance in their careers. The benefits of earning a Bachelor’s Degree far outweigh the financial burden of the cost of the...
Academic Concerns for Adult Students

Academic Concerns for Adult Students

Students returning to school after several years are often concerned about keeping up with academics. Taking tests and writing essays may seem like a distant, and often unpleasant, memory from long ago. Yet when the goal is as important as finishing a degree, many are working hard to brush up on the study skills from the past to keep up with classmates in the present. The Degree Completion Program (DCP) at ACU is conscious of the concern that many adult students have regarding study skills and collegiate writing assignments. The accelerated, 20-month schedules for the Behavioral Studies, Business Administration, and Christian Ministries Bachelor’s Degrees all begin with a course specifically designed for adult students to set them up for success. This course helps adults sharpen the skills they already have from previous college and workplace experience. Here are five tips for adult students to keep in mind when preparing to go back to college: 1. Let God be part of your journey. He has made it possible for you to come this far, lean on Him to carry you through to the celebration at the end. Pull together support from family and friends and ask them to pray you through each class and any times of struggle. 2. Be patient with yourself. The more time you’ve spent away from school the more difficult it may be to feel comfortable. It’s possible that it will all come rushing back, but if it doesn’t, be gracious with yourself and keep trying. You are doing something noble and worthwhile, don’t let negativity weigh you down. 3. Adjust your schedule. Carve out an...
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