Hodges University to offer Innovative STEM Programs

Hodges University announced today that it will begin offering STEM programs in a competency-based learning format beginning this fall. Competency-based learning (CBL) is a self-paced, academically rigorous and highly affordable degree completion option especially designed for adult learners and non-traditional students. Hodges is one of the first four-year institutions in the State of Florida to offer a CBL version of an associate or bachelor’s degree program.

Programs to be offered in the new format are an Associate and Bachelor’s in Computer Information Technology and an Associate and Bachelor’s in Digital Design and Graphics. 

“This really is an exciting evolution in the way students can achieve academic goals,” said Dr. Kim Spiezio, Provost at Hodges University.  “Students will receive the same high quality education they would expect in a traditional classroom. However students also will have the advantage of completing courses and working with our full-time faculty at their own pace while earning their degree at a fraction of the cost of a typical college education.”

“Our Computer Information Technology and Digital Design and Graphics programs are both designed to meet critical workforce needs throughout the state and across the nation,” Spiezio said. “By offering these programs in a CBL format, we are also furthering our commitment to academic excellence and innovation in the realm of adult education.”

Competency-based learning has emerged as one of the fastest growing trends in adult education because the return on investment from the standpoint of students is significant. For a fraction of the price of a traditional college degree, CBL students can receive the same high quality education as their traditional counterparts while completing their degree at their own pace.

Instead of enrolling in a specific number of courses for a 15-week semester, CBL students will purchase a six-month subscription to the degree program. During the subscription period students will be permitted to complete as many courses as they can. Since the CBL option is self-paced, students will be permitted to complete 20 or more credits in a single 6 month subscription. Ultimately, progress through the program will depend primarily upon a student’s motivation, discipline and prior learning, including previous work experience.

Students will be charged a flat rate of $2,000 for a 6-month subscription to the program. The subscription price includes all University and proctoring fees as well as the cost of required e-textbooks. Students also will be eligible for federal financial aid as well as state aid for qualified Florida residents.

For students completing 12 credits the subscription rate would translate into a per credit tuition rate of only $166.67. Since CBL students are permitted to complete as many credits as they can in a given subscription period, the actual per credit tuition rate can be significantly lower. For example, if students complete 24 credits in a subscription period the per credit tuition rate would fall to $83; at that price a student could earn a bachelor’s degree for approximately $10,000 in as little as 2.5 years.

As one of the leading private non-profit universities in Florida, Hodges University is proud to be at the forefront of this innovative approach to adult education, in fulfillment of its mission to promote the educational aspirations and career interests of students throughout the state.

For more information about the competency-based STEM programs at Hodges University, please call 1-844 HODGES U.
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