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,
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
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.