Pace Launches New Degree Completion Program: iPace

Busy people who are ready to finish their bachelor’s degree and increase their earning power can now apply to a new program that lets students incorporate study time into their already busy lives.

iPace, which debuted earlier this month, is a new degree completion program conducted online with in-person sessions held at our New York City and White Plains campuses. With iPace, students get the same highly-rated Pace University bachelor’s degree that area employers know and respect.

“iPace is designed for students who are working full-time or have other obligations during the week or during typical working hours,” said Pace President Stephen J. Friedman. “The combination of online and in-person coursework enables full flexibility and collaboration between students and faculty.”

The iPace curriculum links the classroom to the world of work and builds upon students’ life experiences. Course offerings include a BBA in Business Studies from the Lubin School of Business with a choice of concentrations in Business Communications (combining Marketing and Management) or Internal Auditing; and a BS in Professional Technology Studies from Pace’s Seidenberg School with a concentration in Computer Forensics.

Special Adviser for Strategic Initiatives Christine Shakespeare, PhD, says of the program, “The iPace initiative is important  because historically Pace had a large adult audience, but over the years the numbers enrolled have waned. It is important, given the changing nature of higher education in the United States, to have degree offerings that will attract the adult and nontraditional student so that Pace can remain competitive in the Metropolitan Area.”

The new program includes web chats and other real-time online events allowing students to feel like part of a class and the flexibility to review discussions and course material afterwards. The online component for the Seidenberg program is combined with in-person meetings to provide valuable interactions with fellow students and professors and the Lubin program is completely online with optional in-person meetings.

Shakespeare goes on to say “Special considerations in curriculum design and delivery, as well as pedagogy are important. The faculty designers of the iPace programs have worked diligently to bring a curriculum to students that would meet the needs of busy people whose lives do not enable them to attend traditionally-designed degree programs.”

Pace plans to enroll 20-25 students for the fall 2011 semester for each degree program concentration. To qualify, applicants must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher and 60-64 undergraduate credits or an Associate degree from an accredited school.

Career Forward

A new look and feel for Pace’s adult and continuing education programming—the same promise of preparing for the professions

As students head back to school for the fall, so are a number of adults looking to take their professional skills to the next level. And Pace’s newly rebranded “Career Forward” programming offers professional go-getters looking to enhance their marketable skills a variety of courses in new and emerging fields—where jobs are still plentiful for those who are qualified.

“Career Forward collects the continuing and professional educational offerings that were previously spread over various areas and brings them under one heading,” says Vice President of Strategic Initiatives Robert Keating. “By organizing them as a collective, we can better target our market and adult and continuing education programming.”

It’s not exactly a repackaging of current courses but a rebranding that reflects the core of Pace’s philosophy. “Our programming must always adapt to the ever-changing market place,” Keating explains. “The more we can deliver, the more effective we can be, and the better positioned our adult learners will be. The courses and programs in Career Forward are consistent with Pace’s continued mission to train people for the workplace and prepare them for a wide range of careers.”

Career Forward also aligns with Pace’s goals for growth. “Under the strategic plan, we were charged with developing a new revenue stream, one that raises the reputation of our academic programs, particularly the non-credit programs,” Keating says. The strategy is that if someone has a positive experience in a non-credit program or course, he or she may later consider enrolling in one that’s for credit.

Added to the diverse mix of offerings this fall are exciting new courses in developing applications for smart phones, social networks in the workplace, construction estimating and more. Here’s a sampling:

  • Android Application Development
  • Construction Estimating
  • Creating and Using Social Networks
  • Developing Websites Using CMS
  • Facilities Manager Certificate
  • iPhone Application Development
  • Paralegal Certificate
  • Solar PV Designs and Installation

For more information about Career Forward, and a complete list of courses, visit www.pace.edu/careerforward.