Portland Adult Degree Program will Distribute iPad 2 to Incoming Students

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Those who enroll in hybrid format of George Fox University’s management and organizational leadership major will receive the device

George Fox University’s adult degree program in management and organizational leadership (hybrid format) – covering principles of organizational dynamics relating to systems, culture and environment – will begin distributing Apple’s new iPad 2 in January of 2012. The device will be included with tuition.

The priority application deadline for the bachelor’s degree major is Tuesday, Nov. 1, and the final deadline to apply is Saturday, Dec. 3. Classes begin in January. Application information is available at adultdegree.georgefox.edu.

The 36-credit major is one of the university’s six adult degree programs and can be completed in as few as 16 months. The hybrid format combines online and classroom instruction, requiring students to attend three face-to-face weekend intensive class sessions at the university’s Portland Center near Tigard. The remaining classroom time is conducted online, making it an ideal program for incorporating the iPad 2, according to George Byrtek, an associate professor in the program.

“We believe that having standardized technology and software for video conferencing will aid in maintaining close contact between student and instructor and among members of the cohort,” he said. “This facilitates our ability to deliver on our brand promise: ‘Be Known.’ It also helps us move in the direction of exclusively using digital books and learning materials to create efficiency and cost savings, as well as to reduce our carbon footprint.”

The iPad 2 allows students to download iBooks, PDF notes or other reader applications. They are ideal for working with course syllabi and other handouts, video conferencing, and for sharing documents and course notes. It also opens up a vast amount of educational interactive online tools and curriculum.

This marks the second George Fox University program to incorporate an iPad 2 distribution program: The school’s Master of Arts in Teaching program began using the device in this fall’s Oregon-based cohorts.

The management and organizational leadership major, offered at the university’s Portland Center and Boise Center in Meridian, Idaho, is designed to develop effective communication skills and an understanding of organizational communications processes and cultivate insight into personal leadership style. Students also will strengthen a working knowledge of decision-making, finance and interpersonal group dynamics.

For details on cost, financial aid, scheduling, and how many credits are required for admission and for graduation, visit the university’s adult degree programs website at adultdegree.georgefox.edu.

Students in Boise are still required to attend the three weekend intensives in Portland.

The university offers six adult bachelor’s degrees – in management and organizational leadership, technology management, project management, social and behavioral studies, health administration and elementary education.

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes among the top Christian colleges in the country. George Fox is a Christian university classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first tier regional university and a “Best Value” school. More than 3,500 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem, and Redmond, Ore., and Boise, Idaho. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, five seminary degrees, and 11 master’s and doctoral degrees.

Sarah Marvin
Enrollment Assistant, Adult Degree Programs


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