Tarleton offers new path to affordable, accelerated degree

Friday, April 27, 2018

STEPHENVILLE, Texas —Students at Tarleton State University now can earn an affordable bachelor’s degree that awards credit for past vocational training and coursework.

The Texas Affordable Baccalaureate program allows working and nontraditional students to quickly complete their studies and graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Science (B.S.A.S.). Students can earn concentrations in business or psychology.

“Tarleton is committed to serving the needs of working and nontraditional students across Texas,” said Dr. Denae Dorris, director of Tarleton’s Center for Transformative Learning. “With this program, we are able to offer an affordable, expedient degree option to people who are eager to return to the classroom and make a difference in the workplace.”

Eligible training, known as occupational specialization, can include coursework from a community college or technical school, military training, employer-sponsored seminars and continuing education. Students with such experience can earn up to 36 credit hours, which they will pair with university core courses and upper level electives.

Thanks to Tarleton’s online Global Campus, students can complete their B.S.A.S. degree while maintaining professional and personal obligations, or choose the traditional classroom setting.

Tarleton was one of four public institutions to receive grant money last spring from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to implement the program. Other recipients were Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, South Texas College and Texas A&M-Commerce.

The College for all Texans Foundation supported fundraising efforts for the grant, which was made possible through AT&T Aspire, Greater Texans Foundation, Kresge Foundation and Meadows Foundation. Grant recipients were selected through a competitive application and review process.

Tarleton’s program supports 60x30TX, the state’s higher education goals for completion, marketable skills, managing student debt and ensuring that at least 60 percent of Texans age 25 to 34 will have a college degree or certificate by 2030.

Tarleton, founding member of The Texas A&M University System, provides a student-focused, value-driven educational experience, marked by academic innovation and a dedication to transform today’s scholars into tomorrow’s leaders. Offering degree programs in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian and online to more than 13,000 students, Tarleton engages with communities through real-world learning experiences to address societal needs while maintaining its core values of integrity, leadership, tradition, civility, excellence and service.


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A founding member of The Texas A&M System, Tarleton State is breaking records — in enrollment, research, scholarship, athletics, philanthropy and engagement — while transforming the lives of more than 16,000 students in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Bryan and online. True to Tarleton’s values of excellence, integrity and respect, academic programs emphasize real world learning and address regional, state and national needs.