UA Launching New Degree Program in Phoenix
Now enrolling for the fall, UA North Valley makes it easier for students in Phoenix to earn a Bachelor of General Studies degree from the UA.
To better serve all Arizonans who aspire to earn a bachelor's degree, the University of Arizona is launching a new degree program in Phoenix that will improve the convenience and attainability of higher education.
Now enrolling for the fall, the UA North Valley initiative is the result of a unique partnership between the University and the Maricopa County Community College District to offer a Bachelor of General Studies degree from the UA.
Students take upper-division classes from UA faculty members at the UA North Valley headquarters on the Paradise Valley Community College campus, conveniently located for students across metropolitan Phoenix near the 101 and 51 freeways. Students will have access to the same academic, advising and student services resources available to all UA students.
"One of the things students often tell us is that they really want a UA degree, but they cannot move to Tucson," said Kasey Urquidez, the UA's vice president for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs Advancement, and also the undergraduate admissions dean. Operating on a lower tuition model than the UA's main campus, UA North Valley helps students stay within their budgets and remain close to home while earning their degree.
Victoria Meyer is director of the Bachelor of General Studies program at UA North Valley. She said the program is ideal for all types of potential students — from those who have just earned their associate's degree to those who haven't attended college in years and are interested in finishing their degree.
"We're looking for new opportunities to expand our presence and be more flexible for students who want a UA degree," Meyer said. "UA North Valley exemplifies how UA is opening its doors and offering more options for undergraduate education in order to respond to the needs and wishes of Arizonans."
The UA North Valley degree program offers courses in four areas of focus: Arts, Media and Entertainment; Global and Intercultural Understanding; Social Behavior and Human Understanding; and the Study of the U.S. and the American Experience.
Once students select a focus area, they will have the opportunity to participate in an internship in a related field to gain real-world experience. The internship opportunity supports the UA's 100% Engagement initiative to provide all students with some form of experiential learning experience prior to graduation.
In addition, UA North Valley provides a similar learning environment to that of a small, liberal-arts college with a low faculty-to-student ratio while still having the backing of a premier research university.
"It's getting the best of both worlds," Meyer said.
Using a multidisciplinary approach to the Bachelor of General Studies degree, UA North Valley is designed to provide students with the skills in communication, critical thinking and problem solving that employers seek, while still allowing them to explore their areas of interest.
"We believe it will solve the difficulty for students who want to develop effective writing, research, analysis and other skills, but may want to think through these problems in different ways," said Leticia Soto-Delgadillo, director of the academic advising center for the Colleges of Letters, Arts, and Science.
Meyer said that beyond helping students achieve academic success, UA North Valley's mission is to help them turn their interests into lifelong careers.
"It's about appealing to students' interests, and sparking that passion and curiosity in what they're studying," she said.
UA North Valley enrollment for the fall semester is now open. To learn more, visit uanv.arizona.edu.
In addition, learn more about the program during a free information session on Thursday, April 30, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Glendale Community College outside the student union, 6000 W. Olive Ave., Glendale.
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