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Eckerd College Program for Experienced Learners

WELCOME TO THE ECKERD COLLEGE COMMUNITY. As Florida’s only national liberal arts college, Eckerd College has earned a reputation for outstanding and distinctive academic programs and the success of our graduates. Our academic programs combine the breadth of a liberal arts education with the focus necessary for success in today’s global environment. The Eckerd College experience will prepare you not just for a job, but for life. Established in 1977, the Program for Experienced Learners offers adult students an educational experience that is uncommon in adult education. We feature outstanding instructors, challenging academic programs, small classes, convenient classroom locations, personal attention, individualized degree planning, career services, the opportunity to earn credit for experiential learning, and the chance to study abroad. After graduation, you will enjoy the lifelong enrichment available to you as an active member of the Eckerd College community. Whether completing a bachelor’s degree for the advancement of your career, in preparation for graduate or professional school, for the joy of learning, or the personal satisfaction of earning your degree, Eckerd College and our Program for Experienced Learners will serve you well.



THE PROGRAM FOR EXPERIENCED LEARNERS OFFERS COURSEWORK THAT EXPANDS BOUNDARIES, OPENS DOORS, ADVANCES CAREERS, AND GIVES LIFE NEW MEANING. As you prepare to enter or re-enter the world of education, know that Eckerd College has more than 35 years of experience in providing a distinguished bachelor’s degree for adult learners. The rigorous world of college academics can be daunting, especially at a time in life when you must balance your aspirations for your education and career with a job and family. That is why the Eckerd College Program for Experienced Learners (PEL) is specifically designed to fit the lifestyles and support the objectives of adult learners like you. BEGIN AN ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE THAT WILL CONTINUE TO GROW in value throughout your life and discover a community where lifelong friendships and lifelong rewards develop. Today could be the day everything changes.



ASTRONGFOUNDATION FROM YOUR FIRST COURSE TO YOUR LAST, YOUR TIME WITH ECKERD COLLEGE PEL WILL BE LIKE NO OTHER. With a mission to provide the best and most comprehensive education, the Program for Experienced Learners takes into account your past experiences, your present successes, and your future goals to make this program as important to you as you will be to PEL.

The Beginning To ensure you begin your time with Eckerd College on solid footing, the Program for Experienced Learners requires completion of an introductory course called Life, Learning and Vocation (LLV). This course serves to introduce you to the program and the expectations of PEL, while also exposing you to the caliber and academic rigor of Eckerd College classes and coursework. In LLV you will clarify personal and career goals as you reflect on events and experiences that have shaped and directed your life. LLV begins with a Saturday orientation at Eckerd College’s main campus to introduce you to the college, PEL, the library and its resources, and your fellow students. An 8-week course, LLV engages you immediately in the high standards of thinking, reading, and writing that characterize Eckerd College classes. You will have access to tutorial sessions designed to help with writing requirements, should you need assistance. In addition, you will meet with your adviser to map out your personal academic degree plan and discuss the potential for experiential credit. A grade of “C-” or better in LLV is required to continue in the program. LEARN MORE

Degree Requirements A bachelor’s degree at Eckerd College requires a minimum of 36 courses (each course is equivalent to 3.5 semester hours). These courses are taken at Eckerd College, brought in through transfer credit, awarded by the evaluation of experiential learning, or granted on the basis of specific proficiency exams. The specific number of courses you will need to take at Eckerd College to complete your degree will be determined individually based on the amount of previous college credit and experiential credit awarded. All students need to complete satisfactorily at least nine courses at Eckerd College regardless of previous work. You will work with your adviser to plan a program of study suited to your goals, determine what credit from previous college study and experiential learning you may present for evaluation, and establish which requirements you must complete to earn your bachelor’s degree. LEARN MORE

“When I was told that lessons learned from my experience in the business world could count toward my Eckerd PEL degree plan, I immediately decided this was where I belonged. I have never regretted choosing Eckerd College. With its small classes and nurturing environment, I always knew I would reach my goal of attaining my college degree.� NOELLE HAFT, ECKERD PEL GRADUATE, 2011 BA IN HUMANITIES

Experiential Learning Credit PEL recognizes that learning is not limited to the formal classroom setting. Experiential learning credit represents work and life experience considered to be equivalent to college-level learning. Potential credit may come from non-academic settings, such as the workplace, community organizations, and service-related activities. You may qualify for this credit by documenting your learning and having it evaluated by PEL faculty. As a student you may also be awarded credit for certain licenses; for example, as a registered nurse, a real estate agent, or an insurance agent. PEL also recognizes designated courses approved by the American Council on Education and National PONSI. This credit may include courses from the American Institute of Banking, the National Fire Academy, and the military. Credit also may be awarded through certain college proficiency examinations, such as CLEP and DANTES. You can learn more about the possibilities for experiential credit by scheduling an appointment with one of our admission counselors. LEARN MORE

Personal Attention Students enrolled in the PEL program will tout the personal attention given by professors, academic advisers, and staff as one of the main reasons the program is so unique. Once you have entered LLV, an academic adviser will schedule a one-on-one appointment with you to develop your personal degree plan. Your adviser will always be available to assist you should you have questions about your degree plan or require additional follow-up. You will also work closely with faculty in your major as they help you map out your academic path. Faculty members are available to discuss career options as well as their own experiences in the professional world. Should you choose to continue your education after graduation day, they will be available to guide you through the graduate school application process, should you need assistance.




“Being an adult learner presents numerous challenges, but the feeling of achievement each and every time you complete a class is exceptionally rewarding. The unending encouragement of the PEL staff, faculty, fellow students, colleagues, friends and family inspires you to accomplish the goal of attaining your degree.” JOLENE QATATO, ECKERD PEL GRADUATE, 2012 BA IN BUSINESS MANAGEMENT q

Meeting your Admission Counselor This personal attention, you will find, begins with an admission interview. We encourage you to schedule an appointment with an admission counselor to discuss your background, goals, life experiences, and to help you determine whether PEL is the right fit for you. Admission counselors are available to assist you at any time in the application process.

Transfer Students PEL welcomes applicants wishing to transfer from community colleges, four-year colleges, or universities. We accept credits from other regionally accredited colleges and universities if you have received a grade of “C-” or better and the coursework is within the general framework of the liberal arts and sciences. You may bring in up to three years of transfer credit, two of which can be from a community college.


Term Start Dates The PEL admission committee makes “rolling admission decisions,” which means that we act on applications as they are received and reviewed. Terms begin in August, October, January, March, and June, and you may begin the program in any term. Five 8-week terms, followed by exam periods, are scheduled during the year with a wide selection of courses meeting once a week for five hours. Classes average 12 students per course, so you will never have to compete with classmates for your professor’s time or attention. We also offer some selected courses in a directed study and blended format. In PEL’s accelerated format, each 8-week term is comparable to the traditional 16-week semester, and each course carries 3.5 semester hours of credit. Courses are offered in the evenings and on weekends at multiple classroom locations. You are welcome to take classes at any PEL community location convenient for you. LEARN MORE

Admission Requirements Qualities such as personal commitment, perseverance and self-discipline are necessary for success in the Program for Experienced Learners. To be considered for admission you must: ➣ Be at least 23 years of age. ➣ Have a high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma. ➣ Have completed one year of college-level coursework (or be eligible for experiential credit based on work and life experiences.) ➣ Have a personal interview with an admission counselor. ➣ Complete an application, including essays, to explain and demonstrate goals consistent with program objectives as well as the ability and motivation to benefit from the program. LEARN MORE

2 Convenient Classroom Locations ➣ St. Petersburg, Main Campus ➣ Tampa, Westshore Selected courses are also offered in Seminole and Downtown St. Petersburg. LEARN MORE



PERSONALATTENTION While Eckerd College is committed to helping you develop competence in a specific field of study, WE ARE EQUALLY COMMITTED TO HELPING BROADEN YOUR PERSPECTIVES THROUGH GENERAL EDUCATION. We do so by reviewing your previous education, professional background, and life experiences to ensure that you choose a major and develop a degree plan that are RIGHT FOR YOU.

MAJORS American Studies A broad, interdisciplinary major, American Studies focuses upon American experience and identity, past and present. Students may choose an area of emphasis in history, literature, political science, or media and communication. The major provides excellent preparation for law or graduate school and for employment in education, cultural and non-profit organizations, media, business, and government. Human Development Integrating sociology, psychology, education, ethics, and anthropology, this interdisciplinary major prepares students for graduate study and/or paraprofessional work in the helping professions. It also serves as a strong foundation for students entering many different types of careers where working effectively with people is essential. Management This major prepares students for responsible management and leadership positions in business and society. The coursework stresses critical thinking, idea development, problem-solving, effective oral and written communication, and the assessment of ethical decision-making. Business Management Designed to provide students with the core principles of business management in a liberal arts environment, this major focuses on developing ideas, problem solving, and communication in a changing domestic and international business environment. Students may choose an area of emphasis in marketing, information systems, or finance. Organizational Studies This interdisciplinary major combines the best of management theory, psychology, and political science to understand organizations in several dimensions. Organizational Studies provides a wide range of perspectives, strategies, and problem-solving skills for contemporary administrators, managers, and public safety leaders. Students may choose an area of emphasis in non-profit management, public leadership, or corporate management. Humanities An interdisciplinary major allowing each student to design a program of study with a core in American studies, classics, history, literature, philosophy, political science, film studies, or religious studies, supplemented with courses from complementary disciplines and integrative humanities courses. LEARN MORE

MINORS Although a minor is not required at Eckerd College, PEL offers you the opportunity to integrate one into your program. Minors offered include: American Studies, Anthropology, Art History, Creative Writing, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, History, Human Development, International Business, Journalism, Leadership Studies, Management, Visual Arts, and Women’s and Gender Studies LEARN MORE

“While the academic program is rigorous, the PEL faculty develop a bond with the students in the program, and nurture relationships that continue long past graduation. The degree I earned from Eckerd in American Studies has opened doors for me in Public Policy and Government that, without this degree, would have remained forever closed.� JERRY GREEN, ECKERD PEL GRADUATE, 2010 BA IN AMERICAN STUDIES



THINKOUTSIDE WHETHER YOU ARE COMPLETING COURSEWORK IN THE CLASSROOM, THROUGH DIRECTED STUDY, OR WITH A TRAVEL PROGRAM, OUR FACULTY WILL SERVE AS YOUR GUIDE. These voices of experience will be the ones who help you make the most of your academic and professional achievements.

Faculty In every classroom, you will find faculty with a level of experience, credentials, and commitment second to none. The quality of our faculty has helped Eckerd College earn its international reputation for excellence. The PEL program also enlists the talents of many distinguished experts, artists, business leaders, and working professionals who bring their real-world experience to the classroom as adjunct professors. These voices of experience help students make the invaluable connections that can turn academic achievements into career opportunities. Directed Study and Blended Format To meet degree requirements, most students prefer the highly interactive atmosphere and camaraderie of the small classes that typify our program. But there is an alternative. Selected

directed and independent study courses are available which can be completed in 8 or 16 weeks. Students work independently, outside the classroom, under the close supervision of a faculty member with whom they communicate by mail, computer, and telephone. This format gives students the option of continuing their studies if issues, such as work or family circumstances, make attending classes difficult during an 8-week term. The program also offers some classes each term in a blended format. Between class sessions students access course materials and interact with classmates and faculty using technology and the Internet. For further information, please contact the PEL office at 727-864-8226, or LEARN MORE

“I would like to commend Eckerd College’s administrative staff and faculty for their commitment, dedication, and determination to fulfill each student’s dream of attaining a degree. My educational journey gives me the ability to seek new found knowledge, wisdom, and to continually broaden my horizon…” q VEDA MAHADI, ECKERD PEL STUDENT, BA IN ORGANIZATIONAL STUDIES, MINOR IN LAW AND JUSTICE

Educational Travel Eckerd College encourages your participation in our study abroad program as an integral part of your academic experience. Travel opportunities for one or two course credits are available on a regular basis. International Study groups have traveled to England, Italy, Greece, France, Costa Rica, China, Mexico, and the Bahamas. Domestic study groups have destinations such as New York, Washington D.C., and the Southwest. The College also operates its own London Study Centre, a four-story Georgian house on Gower Street in the heart of the city. Participants will have first-hand contact with theatre, art, literature, history, economics, and vibrant world culture. LEARN MORE

Eckerd College is one of just 40 colleges featured in Colleges That Change Lives, by Loren Pope.

“After overcoming the fear of returning to school after so many years, my experience at Eckerd College has opened up into a whole new exciting world. Because of the directions from advisers and professors I now feel that, for me, nothing is impossible!” ETHEL ROBINSON, ECKERD PEL GRADUATE, 2013 BA IN BUSINESS MANAGEMENT



Our main campus (shown above) is nestled on the shores of beautiful Boca Ciega Bay in south St. Petersburg with immediate access to I-275. WITH TWO LOCATIONS IN TAMPA AND ST. PETERSBURG, PEL MAKES GETTING TO CLASS AND MEETING WITH YOUR ADVISER ACCESSIBLE AND CONVENIENT.

Financial Aid Opportunities Financial aid is available to qualified students. Eckerd’s Financial Aid Office is ready to help you navigate through the process. Information and forms can be found on the web site listed below. You may also review the contact information listed below or email Eckerd representatives at GRANT AND LOAN PROGRAMS INCLUDE: Pell Grant: A need-based federal grant for students seeking their first bachelor’s degree. Florida Resident Access Grant (FRAG): A non-need-based grant for Florida residents who are enrolled full time and seeking their first bachelor’s degree. Florida Student Assistance Grant: A need-based Florida grant for full-time students seeking their first bachelor’s degree. Supplemental Educational Opportunities Grant (SEOG): Federal need-based grant for students enrolled at least half-time.

Federal Direct (Subsidized) Student Loan: Federally insured, need-based student loan for students enrolled at least half-time. Federal Direct (Unsubsidized) Student Loan: Federally insured, non need-based student loan for students enrolled at least half-time. Veterans’ Benefits: Eckerd College is approved for veterans’ education benefits and participants in the Yellow Ribbon Program. Workforce Investment Act: Eckerd College is recognized and approved for Workforce Investment Act funding for eligible students, including unemployed and low-income workers, as well as displaced homemakers.

If you would like more information about financial aid, please call the Financial Aid Office at 727-864-8334. LEARN MORE LEARN MORE

Scholarships Scholarships are available to qualified incoming and current PEL students. For detailed information and applications for institutionally administered scholarships and loans, please call the PEL Office at 727-864-8226.








Tuition and Fees For current tuition rates and fees, please call the PEL office or contact your admission counselor.







“Returning to school has always been a top priority for me. I chose the PEL program because it is tailored to fit the lives of students who are juggling their careers as well as their family. To my surprise, I was selected to receive an Osher Reentry Scholarship award. The Scholarship has helped me to continue my education and my service in the community.” OCTAVIA TEHARTE, ECKERD PEL STUDENT, BA IN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT



➣ The average class size is 12 students.

➣ A member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. Less than 8% of America’s colleges and universities have a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor society.

CALENDAR ➣ Five 8-week terms, followed by exam periods, are offered each year. Terms begin in August, October, January, March and June. New students may start at any time.

➣ Related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A).


➣ Located just two blocks from the British Museum, Eckerd’s London Study Centre offers classes in theatre, literature, politics and art.

➣ Forbes’ Special Report on America’s Best Colleges. Eckerd College is #245 on the list of colleges included in the August 2011 Forbes’ Special Report on America’s Best Colleges. Eckerd College is the top Florida private college. ➣ Princeton Review Best 376 Colleges for 2012. “The Best 376 Colleges” are based on The Princeton Review’s survey of 122,000 students. Eckerd College is included in the list of “Best Colleges in the Southeast.” P12


➣ U.S. News & World Report 2011 Best Colleges. Eckerd is ranked #137 in Tier 1 in the category of National Liberal Arts Colleges in the U.S. News & World Report 2011 Best Colleges rankings. ➣ National Survey of Student Engagement. Eckerd College was one of 24 national colleges and universities recognized by the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) for excellence in the areas of academic challenge, active and collaborative learning, student interaction with faculty members, enriching educational experiences, and a supportive campus environment.

➣ Our International Cinema Series brings critically acclaimed films to campus and received Creative Loafing’s “Best Local Film Series” award in 2007.

➣ Our Environmental Film Festival brings compelling and important environmental films, film scholars and filmmakers from around the world to the Tampa Bay area and the Eckerd College community. ➣ One of just 40 colleges featured in Colleges That Change Lives, by Loren Pope. ➣ A member of the international Students in Free Enterprise (ENACTUS) non-profit organization, offering PEL students the opportunity to become involved in outreach projects that focus on market economics, entrepreneurship, personal financial success skills, and business ethics.

CAMPUS AND CLASSROOM INFORMATION ➣ Campus Safety and Security. Eckerd College is committed to a campus environment that is as safe as possible. In accordance with the Campus Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990, you may request a copy of the annual security report distributed to all current students. The security report includes information on reporting procedures, campus accessibility, law enforcement, educational and prevention programs, crime statistics, and drug and alcohol policies. To request the annual security report, call the PEL office at 727-864-8226.

CLASSROOM LOCATIONS ➣ Courses are offered evenings and weekends at Eckerd College’s main campus in St. Petersburg and in Tampa. You are welcome to take classes at any location convenient for you. Stop in for a visit! LEARN MORE

St. Petersburg, Main Campus

4200 54th Avenue South St. Petersburg, FL 33711 (local) 727-864-8226 (toll-free) 1-800-234-4735 (fax) 727-864-8422


1300 North Westshore Boulevard Suite 135 Tampa, FL 33607 (local) 813-282-0002 (fax) 813-282-4607

For more information, financial aid forms, class schedules, or updates, visit our web site or call an admission counselor at one of our classroom locations. We hope to speak with you soon! Eckerd College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Eckerd College. The Commission requests that they be contacted only if there is evidence that appears to support an institution’s significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard. For more information about the Commission, please visit their website at Eckerd College admits students without regard to race, color, creed, sex, religion, sexual orientation, handicap and national or ethnic origin.


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St. Petersburg Main Campus


The Morean Arts Center

1300 North Westshore Boulevard Suite 135 Tampa, Florida 33607 (local) 813-282-0002 (fax) 813-282-4607

719 Central Avenue St. Petersburg, Florida 33701 (local) 727-864-8226

4200 54th Avenue South St. Petersburg, Florida 33711 (local) 727-864-8226 (toll-free) 1-800-234-4735 (fax) 727-864-8422



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University Partnership Center at St. Petersburg College

420 22nd Street South St. Petersburg, Florida 33712 (local) 727-864-8226

9200 113th Street North Seminole, Florida 33772 (local) 727-394-6200


Program for Experienced Learners St. Petersburg, Main Campus 4200 54th Avenue South St. Petersburg, FL 33711 (local) 727-864-8226 (toll-free) 1-800-234-4735 (fax) 727-864-8422 Tampa 1300 North Westshore Boulevard Suite 135 Tampa, FL 33607 (local) 813-282-0002 (fax) 813-282-4607


Program for Experienced Learners at Eckerd College