“Certainly students today have many more options than the historic model of choosing to go off to a college or university and living there for four years and graduating. They have options to get some credits in high school, get some credits at local institutions and transfer them to four-year institutions they are planning to get a degree from. They can get credits online... there are just many more options.”
As part of the changes, Histand said some courses will be put online and an effort will be made to reach out to adults who want higher education oportunities.
In addition, the college is partnering with Bluffton College in Ohio and Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia, to create a master of business administration degree that can be completed mostly online. Students in that program will have to attend one of the colleges for a short time, perhaps just for a week, to complete a service portion of the program.
“We continue to believe the world of higher education is going to continue to move toward these kinds of collaborative ways to work together in order to deliver the curriculum and do it most efficiently on a cost basis,” Histand said. “This is a piece of all that.”