Cal Poly Continuing Education Offers New Bachelor Degree Program

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Enables working adults to earn undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies

Cal Poly Continuing Education and University Outreach will be offering a new Bachelor Degree program next fall that is specifically designed to accommodate the busy schedule of working adults. The Chancellor's Office of the California State University has given final approval to the Adult Degree Program (ADP), which will enable local working adults to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from California Polytechnic State University.

“The ADP offers adults the opportunity to complete their undergraduate degree at one of the West's top ranked Universities utilizing a structure that allows them to balance the demands of school, family, work, and community responsibilities,” explained Dr. Dennis “Skip” Parks, dean of Continuing Education and University Outreach. “The Adult Degree Program represents the next step in our efforts to increase access to educational opportunities to the larger community.”

The intended audience for the new Bachelor Degree program is individuals who have completed high school at least six years prior to entering the program, have the motivation to succeed in a part-time college degree program, and whose personal educational goals will be achieved through an Interdisciplinary Studies program. Admission standards have been developed that are appropriate for working adults. Students will be admitted starting fall quarter 2005, and the program operates utilizing a cohort model. All classes needed to complete the program will be offered on nights and weekends.

Free information sessions are being offered to assist potential students learn more about the ADP and the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies. These sessions are being held on November 15, December 9, January 12, February 2, March 9 and April 4. They provide prospective students with an opportunity to ask questions and meet other prospective students.

Anyone interested in attending the Adult Degree Program information session, is asked to reserve a seat by registering online at or by calling 805-756-2053. The last day to turn in an application for the fall 2005 term is June 3, 2005.


The ADP is structured as a cohort model. All students in a cohort enter at the same time and complete their courses together. Students in the program may not "cross-register" for courses offered through other programs at Cal Poly. The ADP will offer all courses necessary to complete the degree. These courses are offered mainly on weekday evenings, although some Saturday classes may be offered. Students admitted to the Adult Degree Program are fully matriculated, special session students. Students cannot "transfer" to another program or major at Cal Poly. Information about the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies curriculum is available at: Adult Degree Program.


Cal Poly Continuing Education and University Outreach, a fully accredited unit of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, provides community members access to the knowledge resources of the University through lifelong learning opportunities, and professional and personal development programs. Continuing Education and University Outreach offers certificate programs, degree programs, Open University access, individual courses, conferences and workshops, training for business and industry, and noncredit programs to update professional skills, meet career goals, and engage in personal enrichment. Program descriptions and schedules are available at: Cal Poly Continuing Education.


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