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IDEAL: How It Works

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How IDEAL Works

Individually Designed Education for Adult Learners (IDEAL) students connect with an advisor who helps them evaluate their past experiences, including college coursework, credit by examination, or military training, for transfer credit. Students define their academic goals and plot a course of study with their advisor. Courses are offered in two formats: independent study or online through Averett’s course management program.

Students take courses according to the schedule they have designed. Online courses require interacting with other students and the instructor through Averett’s course management program. Independent study courses require regular interaction with their instructors. Academic advising sessions are scheduled regularly to review progress and discuss future course plans to reach the minimum 120 total credit hours to earn a Bachelor’s degree. Transfer students must earn 30 or more credit hours at Averett.

IDEAL is an adult education program that is designed to be fully portable, meaning students can combine their studies at Averett with classes taken elsewhere.

Adult Education – Who Can Apply

IDEAL can work for adults who:

  • Have no college background
  • Have some college background but no degree
  • Have earned an associate’s and want to earn a Bachelor’s degree
  • Deployed with one of the armed forces or travel for work

We require official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities. If you have earned less than 12 college credit hours, official high school transcripts are required. We prefer applicants whose cumulative GPA in high school was at least a 2.0 or in previous college coursework was at least a 2.0.

Adult Education Costs

Tuition for IDEAL courses is assessed on a per-credit-hour basis according to University policy. Students may be eligible for a combination of tuition assistance and various grants and loans to defer tuition costs.

IDEAL Format

IDEAL offers two semester-based instructional formats, independent study and online courses. Independent study courses involve a one-on-one academic experience with a faculty member. Students communicate through a variety of means including email, telephone conversations or face-to-face. Online courses are administered through Averett’s course management program. Students experience a virtual classroom setting, engaging with fellow students as well as the faculty member.

Want to learn more about independent study, distance learning, adult education and online options through IDEAL? Request more information or apply for the IDEAL Program now and start down the road to your goals.

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