Champlain College's New PATHe to an online degree

BURLINGTON, VT. — Champlain College has launched "Personalized Access to Higher Education" (PATHe), a new program in that offers adult learners a faster and more affordable way to obtain a college degree through the college's online and continuing education division.

"Adult students bring different levels of skill, experience and time to the pursuit of higher education," says Champlain College President David F. Finney. "PATHe provides adult students a flexible, personalized degree plan that will save them both time and money.

"For student John Clingerman of D4 eDiscovery, the new PATHe program is already paying off. "With PATHe, I'll graduate six months earlier - which will also save me thousands of dollars. My job often requires I put in long hours, gathering and interpreting digital forensic evidence for lawyers, so Champlain's online courses have been a godsend, allowing me to study whenever I have some quiet moments available."

Champlain's Online & Continuing Education Division will hold open houses Nov. 27 and 29 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at its offices on Lakeside Avenue to introduce the new program. To schedule an appointment or for more information, visit online.champlain.edu/pathe or call (877) 772-2265.

Students in the new PATHe program can accelerate their education in multiple ways:

  • a personalized degree plan developed with a PATHe advisor
  • earning up to 90 credits for through exams (testing out) or an assessment of prior learning
  • self-paced learning with free course content and access to an academic advisor
  • Instructor led seven-week online courses

"We're excited that, in addition to our seven-week online courses, motivated learners can further accelerate their education by using their life experiences. They can test out of courses, be assessed on prior learning and experience, and access a world of educational resources while working closely with a Champlain academic advisor," explained Mika Nash, academic dean of Champlain College's Online and Continuing Education Division."

A PATHe advisor — we like to think of them as 'Completion Consultants' — will work with students to create the shortest 'path' to degree completion based on life, work and prior college experiences. PATHe advisors can help identify ways to earn up to 90 credits toward a bachelor's degree, leaving only 30 required credits (10 upper-level courses) to earn through our seven-week online classes," Nash explained.

"We feel that every Champlain student is unique," Nash said. "Adults are not just older 18 year-olds. Because of work and life experience, many are already experts in a variety of subjects. PATHe ensures motivated students, especially those with past college credits or military experience, can stay on track and earn a degree faster and more affordably than ever before. The completion consultant is what makes this program different. You are never just on your own."

Another key difference, Nash points out, is that PATHe recognizes people have different learning preferences and many adults are working toward a degree while also working full-time and raising a family. PATHe advisors work with students to determine which path to a degree will work best - free, self-paced online courses with guidance from a PATHe advisor.

Champlain's Online and Continuing Education Division offers more than 30 degrees and professional certificates in the areas of business, technology and health care. For more information, visit online.champlain.edu/pathe, call (877)-772-2265 or email cps@champlain.edu.


Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Quebec and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and over 60 online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain's distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 379 Colleges: 2015 Edition. Champlain was named a "Top-Up-and-Coming School" by U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges and is ranked in the top tier of 2014 Regional Colleges in the North. For more information, visit www.champlain.edu.