In an effort to help students add more credentials to their resumes, Brandman University in California is expanding its online associate of arts (AA) degree program.
School officials said the AA online degree program at Brandman University is now open to students with no previous college experience, as long as they have a high school degree or GED, and english and math competency as determined by an admissions exam or equivalent. Previously the institution only accepted students with at least 12 college credit units.
Jennifer Tucker Klein, assistant vice chancellor of research and planning, said the new program can help better prepare students for future educational and career challenges.
Across the state, we’ve seen a large number of students come into college underprepared for the rigor ahead. Klein added. “Standard measures like placement and diagnostic tests, in other words – ‘what we’ve always been doing’ – are no longer working. Instead, we meet students where they are, foster their academic growth through integrating applied skills within curriculum, then we naturally make the learning experience more meaningful and do so successfully.”
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, professionals who add a postsecondary degree to their resume can earn $25,000 more per year than those with a high school diploma or less.