SC State University Reaches Out to Non-Traditional Students with a New Program

Monday, July 12, 2010

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, as many as 75 percent of today’s student body can be characterized as non-traditional or having jobs and other life responsibilities.  In efforts to assist with the educational needs of non-traditional students, SC State University will soon introduce the Weekend College for Adult Learners Program.  The program is a University initiative designed to develop and expand programs to meet the needs of non-traditional students across the state of South Carolina.

“In today’s economy, people have to work as much as possible to make ends meet.  This should not keep them from going back to school,” says Dr. Arnold Murdock, director of SC State’s Office of Extended Studies and coordinator of the Weekend College Program.  “SC State’s Weekend College Program is designed for working adults who already have completed most of the general education curriculum,” added Murdock.

In recent months, SC State has implemented a number of powerful distance learning technologies.  Courses within the Weekend College Program will combine these technologies with a convenient Saturday class schedule to offer students a flexible program.  For each class, students will attend six Saturday class sessions with times ranging from 8 a.m. to noon or 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Additionally, students will complete online activities between class meetings.

The Weekend College Program will begin in fall 2010 and is expected to grow over time. Within the first two years, degree programs will include master’s degrees in rehabilitation counseling, and business administration and bachelor’s degrees in accounting, criminal justice and social work.  Additional degree programs will be offered as they are developed.

For more information regarding the Weekend College for Adult Learners Program, visit, or contact Elaine Harley, student services coordinator, at (803) 536-8290. You may also contact Harley via email at