Brandman University announced May 2 the launch of Ameritas College, a low-cost, high-quality college education specifically designed to respond to Latino working adults’ cultural, financial, language, and lifestyle needs.
Starting in August, Ameritas College students can earn bachelor’s degrees in business administration, criminal justice, and psychology, as well as an associate’s degree in general education at any of Brandman’s four campuses located in Ontario, Palm Desert, Victorville and Moreno Valley.
Brandman University, a part of the Chapman University System, is a private, non-profit institution accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) with programs offered both online and at 26 campuses in California and Washington.
“With only 7% of Hispanics ages 25 and older in California with a bachelor’s college degree, it is clear our current system is not meeting their higher education needs,” said Gary Brahm, Chancellor of Brandman University in the Wednesday news release. “We recognize Latino adults value their time with their families, closely watch their budgets, and understand the need and benefit of having a college degree – that is why everything we do and provide has these values in mind and responds to their needs.”
Ameritas College, the fifth college of Brandman University, offers Hispanic working adults an opportunity to earn a degree and “master college level English” with bi-lingual counselors. Named the Dual Language English Immersion program (DLEI), the DLEI program includes bilingual faculty and staff, personalized counseling, accelerated/flexible evening course schedules (which allow students to attend college on their own terms) and competitive pricing.
Tuition at Ameritas will be $360 per credit at the associate level and $470 per credit for bachelor programs, which works out to about $22,000 for a 60-credit associate degree and $56,000 for a 120-credit bachelor degree.
But Ameritas, like Brandman, is shooting for higher completion rates than public colleges have, Brahm told Inside Higher Ed’s Paul Fain. He said Brandman has a 68% six-year graduation rate for bachelor degree-seeking students.
“We are making a college degree accessible and opening the doors of opportunity and progress to all Hispanic adults,” said Sara Martinez Tucker, Ameritas College Educational Services Board Chair and former Under Secretary for the U.S. Department of Education, in the release. “Whether it is a working adult looking to advance his career or an employer looking to develop and strengthen her workforce, Ameritas College brings a viable educational option to our rapidly growing Hispanic community.”
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