Adult Degree Completion FAQs

Learn more about the proposed adult degree completion program.

While the University of Dallas is in better shape than ever, we operate in an increasingly challenging financial environment — one that is imperiling comparable, and even larger, universities.

Because of this and to guard our institution from a similar fate, we have been working diligently to identify new programs that are consistent with our mission and that have the potential to generate revenue, grow enrollment and add to the university’s reputation and recognition.

One such proposal the university is considering is the addition of a new adult degree completion program, which would enable us to expand our mission to an underserved population – adult learners seeking to complete their undergraduate education — while strengthening our financial future.

The most recently answered questions have been added to the top of this list.

Is there a demand in the Dallas/Fort Worth market for an adult degree completion program such as the one being proposed for UD? 

While there is still much data to be collected on the viability of the proposed adult degree completion program, preliminary research indicates that the market for such a program is quite large. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are nearly 1.3 million people in Dallas/Fort Worth who are 25 and older and either have some college with no degree or an associate degree.

In addition, a recent survey conducted by the university of a representative sample of that demographic group found:

  • 25% of respondents interested in completing their undergraduate/bachelor’s degrees at this time
  • 20% interested specifically in the university’s proposed “bachelor’s degree for adults who already have some college credits” offered via courses online and in the classroom at convenient times for working adults
  • 16% willing to pay a little more (versus a Texas public university) to attend UD for its quality faculty and programs, as well as personal attention

What does the strategic plan communicate about an adult degree completion program?

Institutional strategy component 5.05 beginning on page 21 of “University of Dallas Strategic Plan: A Guide for Growth through 2020” directs the university to “improve sustainability of the university through extending its reach to new and growing populations. ... Accordingly, the university shall research and propose a plan directly targeted to attract, matriculate and retain transfer students and adult degree completion students that is in concert with the university’s mission, strengths and resources.”

What is an adult degree completion program?

As currently envisioned, the proposed program would offer adult learners who are at least 25 years old an opportunity to complete undergraduate degrees at the University of Dallas. Graduates of the proposed new adult degree completion program would earn either a Bachelor of Liberal Studies or a Bachelor of Business Studies degree.

New curricula developed for the proposed program would incorporate the spirit of the liberal arts and the Catholic intellectual tradition that is the heart of our Core curriculum.

There would be absolutely no changes to the Core or the curriculum of Constantin College as a result of this proposed new program.

Why is the university considering this specific program?

While a number of new programs have been and are being considered, it is this new adult degree completion program that preliminarily appears to offer the greatest promise and meet the largest demand. It will enable us to expand our mission to a local population of significant size — adult learners seeking to complete their undergraduate education.

In addition, recent conversations with local and national corporations  brought to light the challenges that many companies face attracting and retaining employees in an increasingly competitive environment. More than 10 Fortune 500 companies have  expressed interest in a flexible adult degree-completion program such as the one being proposed in direct conversation with the university this year.

Will this program compromise the university’s academic integrity?

The proposed new program will not move forward unless there is absolute confidence that there will be no damage to the university’s academic integrity. Many other highly regarded institutions, including Ivy League schools, offer similar programs that have not negatively affected their reputations.

How does an adult degree completion program strengthen our Catholic identity?

The proposed adult degree completion program would be a genuine outgrowth of the university’s mission and its “institutional commitment to the service of the people of God and of the human family in their pilgrimage to the transcendent goal which gives meaning to life” (Ex Corde Ecclesiae, 13).

In addition, this proposal is consistent with Pope St. John Paul II’s reminder that “every Catholic university feels responsible to contribute concretely to the progress of the society within which it works: for example, it will be capable of searching for ways to make university education accessible to all those who are able to benefit from it, especially the poor or members of minority groups who customarily have been deprived of it” (Ex Corde Ecclesiae, 34).

More information about the proposed adult degree completion program will be posted as it becomes available.  

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