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  • The History, Mission and Vision of the School of Continuing Studies

    CertificateThe School of Continuing Studies (SCS) has successfully delivered its programs of study on a part-time basis since the early 1970s. At the core of all Dean programs are essential tenets that form the foundation for the present status of the College and its programs:

    • Challenging academic programs with a strong liberal arts core at the associate and baccalaureate degree levels; 
    • A comprehensive assessment program to measure achievement across all academic programs, student support services, and operations;
    • State-of-the-art technology infrastructure to support teaching and learning as well as administrative programs and services.

    The School of Continuing Studies Mission Statement reflects the needs of the primarily part-time student population it serves. 

    The School of Continuing Studies is committed to building on the 150 year tradition at Dean College of cultivating academic and personal success for our students by expanding educational opportunities to serve the multifaceted challenges students. Grounded in a strong liberal arts core and enhanced by continual innovation, we strive to provide relevant, accessible and flexible learning options to our varied and diverse student population.

    Vision

    By offering certificate programs, associate and baccalaureate degrees focused on the unique professional, economic and educational needs of lifelong learners we endeavor to give them the ability to thrive in a global environment where change is constant and dramatic. 

    Core Values

    • Access  - providing  quality educational opportunities at a great value
    • Innovation – quickly responding to changing needs of our students
    • Service Excellence – student centered and responsive environment
    • Diversity – serving traditional, non-traditional and lifelong learners
    • Community – promoting respect and collaboration                           

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