Citing the growing need for adult education, the campus will transition to an adult undergraduate and graduate campus by May 2015
Lisle, Illinois ~ The Benedictine University at Springfield branch campus will refocus solely on the growing adult student population and their educational needs for job growth and career change.
“To stay viable in higher education, the University must evolve to meet the growing needs of the changing consumer and job markets,” said Benedictine University President William J. Carroll, Ph.D. “We believe that this transition will benefit the greater community by stimulating the economy through adult education, which in turn can lead to better jobs and better pay for those already tied to their community.”
The U.S. Department of Education indicates non-traditional students, those older than 22, have surpassed the traditional undergraduate student population and are expected to increase another 23 percent by 2019. The University has seen great success with its adult programs through its National Moser Center for Adult Learning in the Chicago area and at the branch campuses in Mesa, Ariz., and Springfield. As part of The Benedictine Promise to provide an affordable and attainable undergraduate and graduate education, the adult student population has long been a vital group at the Springfield branch campus.
Plans are to expand adult offerings at the Springfield branch campus, which will provide additional higher education opportunities for working adults in surrounding communities like Peoria and St. Louis that the University has historically supported.
The Chronicle of Higher Education recently reported that nearly 40 percent of the nation’s higher education students are adults who are looking to accelerate their careers or change jobs.
The National Moser Center was established to make Benedictine’s strong values-based education available to more nontraditional adult undergraduate and graduate students. It promises to provide adult students throughout the country with accessible, affordable and applicable private higher education opportunities.
In January, Benedictine launched a $10K M.B.A. in Central Illinois and Southwest Arizona to meet the needs of the adult career changer and adults seeking career enhancement. The University recently began, with corporate partners, a $10K Master of Education in Reading and Literacy and a $15K Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice – a growing field. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that demand for law enforcement and criminal justice professionals will grow by at least 10 percent through 2018.
Additional current adult degree offerings at the Springfield branch campus include a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Bachelor of Business Administration in Management and Organizational Behavior, Bachelor of Science in Nursing and English as a Second Language Endorsement.
Benedictine also offers the Master of Science in Management and Organizational Behavior and Ph.D. in Organization Development programs in the Central Illinois region. Both programs are recognized worldwide for educating managers who are competent in the human side of enterprise and regularly attract some of the industry’s foremost thought leaders to campus. The University will soon offer a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Master of Public Health at the Springfield campus.
The Springfield branch campus will immediately stop accepting freshman and transfer enrollment applications. All athletic programs and residence halls will close at the end of the Spring 2015 Semester.
University administrators state that the decision to transition the campus to focus solely on adult programs was thoughtfully made.
“In a changing and evolving higher education environment, in order for the University to grow, we must make hard decisions,” Carroll said. “It is necessary that we recognize where the need is and act accordingly for the long-term survival of the Springfield branch campus and for the Springfield community.”
The University will freeze tuition for all BenU at Springfield students wishing to transfer to its Lisle or Mesa campus and will assist students who wish to transfer to other universities.
For more information about the National Moser Center and a full listing of its programs, please visit ben.edu/moser.
Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has a branch campus in Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls more than 5,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the eighth consecutive year in 2018. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit ben.edu.