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A Nontraditional Move toward the Future

RBA Carol Hando Eberly

In July, the Regents Bachelor of Arts Program joined the University’s newest academic hub for nontraditional students and those still plotting their path to choosing a major.

Previously housed within the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, the program’s move placed it in the new University College. The University College is a centralized support college for nontraditional students, McNair Scholars, the First-Year Experience, general studies students, and students who have not declared a major.

The change has not affected the structure of the Regents Program, an innovative degree program designed for adult learners. It has become a statewide staple by offering a flexible degree option that helps adults earn bachelor’s degrees while juggling other commitments, such as work and family.

Regents students are admitted on a rolling basis and are permitted to enroll in classes across the University.

Carol Hando served as the program’s coordinator from 2004 until the July 1 shift, and she retired at the end of June. She said she’s proud of the Regents Program’s growth during her tenure.

“I feel good about that,” she said. “We have over 360 students in our program taking classes. That’s a pretty substantial group of students. When we started, we had around 200.”

Helping nontraditional students complete their undergraduate education has been a cause near and dear to Hando’s heart. She earned her Regents bachelor of arts degree in 1994 and went on to receive a master’s degree in corporate and organization communication. As an adult learner she understood the importance of completing a bachelor’s degree and the difficulties students can encounter.

Kristi Wood-Turner, director of the West Virginia University Center for Civic Engagement, has become the Regents Program’s interim coordinator.

Am I still an Eberly College Alum?

The Regents Bachelor of Arts Program’s move to the University College does not affect those who graduated in August 2013 or earlier. Beginning in December 2013, graduates of the Regents Program will receive their degree through University College.