I'm just back from a few days of vacation in Florida -- strangely it was cooler and dryer there than in Connecticut. Having been away for a few days, I was surprised when one of our advisors, Joanne, told me how many people she had seen in the office this past week. There has been a steady stream of potential students coming in to see our advisors this summer -- it seems much busier than usual.
I asked Joanne what these students have told her about why they decided to come back to finish their bachelor's degree. Joanne said that the predominant reason is career related. Many students can see that their potential career growth is hampered if they don't have a bachelor's degree. They may even have been hired by someone quite a bit younger than they are. Other people may want to change careers. The bachelor's degree is usually required for career advancement, since each new job attracts many applicants and employers can create a smaller pool for interviews by sorting on the basis of who has a bachelor's degree.
I spoke with Kate, one of our other advisors, this morning. Kate has an appointment today with someone who was working on his degree at Eastern quite a few years ago but dropped out. Today he is meeting with Kate to see how quickly he can now finish a Bachelor of General Studies degree. Kate is excited to reconnect with him and find out why he has now decided to complete his bachelor's degree.
Each of our students in the School of Continuing Education has a special story and a unique perspective on why it is important for them to finish their degree. If you'd like to share your story, we would love to hear it, and, you just might inspire someone else to take the plunge and go back to school this fall!!
Carol J. Williams, Ph.D.
School of Continuing Education
Eastern Connecticut State University