TROY Dothan Campus to offer new degree programs

Posted: Thursday, 10 December 2009

DOTHAN—Troy University’s Dothan Campus will soon offer three new undergraduate degree programs and will provide additional on-campus support to students in an online nursing program.

The Alabama Commission on Higher Education last week formally approved the expansion of the baccalaureate degree programs in Human Services, Social Work and Rehabilitation from the Troy Campus to the Dothan Campus.

Dr. Don Jeffrey, vice chancellor of the Dothan Campus, said he is pleased to offer more degree options for students in the Wiregrass.

“We are proud to be able to expand the horizons of opportunity for our students,” Jeffrey said. “The majority of students we serve at the Dothan Campus are non-traditional students, and this move gives them more opportunities to further their careers or pursue a career change.”

The three programs were selected for expansion to Dothan in response to growing demand for careers in the social and human service fields, said Dr. Damon Andrew, dean of the College of Health and Human Services.

“The number of social and human service careers is projected to grow by 34 percent for all occupations between 2006 and 2016, ranking these occupations among the most rapidly growing in the United States,” Andrew said.

The new programs are scheduled to begin next fall and will require the renovation of space at the Dothan Campus and additional faculty and staff.

“If we experience no construction delays and are successful in recruiting faculty and staff, the programs should be ready to implement in the fall semester of 2010,” Andrew said.

In addition to the three new degree programs, ACHE also approved TROY’s request to provide additional on-site support at the Dothan Campus for the online RN-to-BSN program.

The online program allows graduates of associate degree nursing programs to earn a bachelor of science in nursing. However, working nurses in the Wiregrass must currently travel to the Troy Campus for face-to-face meetings with nursing faculty and advisors.

“The extension of support services will facilitate the completion of students enrolled in the program and make the program even more attractive to registered nurses who wish to obtain their BSN credentials in the Wiregrass area,” Andrew said.

This expansion of programs from one TROY campus to another is the first approved by ACHE since the University’s merger of its separately accredited campuses into Troy University in 2005.