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Welcome to our BGS Team
Dean – Rebecca Fox
Associate Dean – Craig Wilson
Director – Gisela Delgado
Marketing Director – Le...
Agenda
9:00 Registration
9:15 BGS Opening Session / “The Value of a BGS Degree”
10:00 Presentation by UM Campus Resources
...
What is the BGS program?
The Bachelor of General Studies program is an exciting degree
program that allows you to pick an ...
Why finish my degree now?
• Improve resume and marketability
• Qualify for a job promotion (Break through the glass ceilin...
BGS
BGS
According to the Education Advisory Board, 2014, adult learners which are non-traditional
student, seek a sense of assuran...
Famous people who went back
to finish their bachelor’s degree……
BGS
Sandra
Bullock
BGS
Actress Sandra Bullock, who starred in movies like
While You Were Sleeping and The Blind Side and
has w...
James
Franco
BGS
Born in New York, James Franco moved to
California to attend UCLA. After his freshman year,
Franco left t...
U.S. Secretary
of Defense,
Chuck Hagel
BGS
Everyone loves Jaws and E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial but few people
realize the ...
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, earned his B.G.S.
degree in 1995.
Johnson played college football at ...
Today’s Agenda
9:00 Registration
9:20 BGS Opening Session / “The Value of a BGS Degree”
9:50 Break : Sign-up for Workshops...
www.miami.edu/bgsdegree
www.miami.edu/bgsdegree
Who is eligible for the BGS program?
BGS Admissions Criteria
 Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.2 from all previous college or
...
What about previously earned credits?
Transfer credits from accredited institutions. Grades of “C” or better are
transfer...
Is this degree affordable? Yes!
 The BGS program tuition is designed to enable working adults to
reach their educational ...
BGS Program Structure
 General Education (60 credits)
 English, History, Math, Natural Sciences, Humanities, etc.
 Elec...
Area of Concentration
 Students with diverse personal and/or professional interests and goals can design a
curriculum tha...
Flexible Options (45 credits)
 NEW!! Online Option
AoC in People and Society
 On-Campus Saturday Option
AoC in Public Po...
Online Program
 Online courses range from the introductory level to the upper level
courses (100 Level to 300 Level).
 O...
Available Scholarships
 The Englander Scholarship
 Osher Re-Entry Scholarship
 Hirsch Scholarship
 Stanley Bertram Gol...
Financial Assistance
 Grants, scholarships, subsidized and unsubsidized loans are
available for students through the Fina...
It’s Time to Achieve Your Dream
Q & A
Have more questions? Schedule an advisement session online:
Students with Last Names...
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  1. 1. Welcome to our BGS Team Dean – Rebecca Fox Associate Dean – Craig Wilson Director – Gisela Delgado Marketing Director – Leeann Hall Advisors – Monica Bunsen Advisors – Ann Schopp BGS Student – Amanda Werner BGS Student – Kenneth Rubi BGS Alumni – Kris Crego BGS Alumni – Jim Tillett Marketing Specialists – Jessica Giraldo, Marta Gierczyk
  2. 2. Agenda 9:00 Registration 9:15 BGS Opening Session / “The Value of a BGS Degree” 10:00 Presentation by UM Campus Resources The Value of a UM Degree / Toppel Center Director - Eddie Cruz The Power of the Cane Network / Alumni Relations– Adlar Garcia You are Not Alone / Academic Resource Center – Jennifer Wilson 10:45 Steps to the BGS degree ( Application process, Transfer credits, Saturday & Online Options) 11:00 & 11:30 UM Courtyard Fair Courtyard Financial Aid - Associate Director , Joanne Brown Room 101 Student Panel – BGS Advisor & BGS Graduate Room 109 Online Course Demo – BGS Advisor Room 102 Campus Tour – BGS Student Ambassador Courtyard Don’t Forget to complete your surveys and BGS card for your UM “Swag”
  3. 3. What is the BGS program? The Bachelor of General Studies program is an exciting degree program that allows you to pick an Area of Concentration (similar to a major) based on your personal preference and career goals. The overall objectives of this bachelor’s degree program is to enhance students’ marketability and help them achieve their lifelong goal of completing their degree. BGS
  4. 4. Why finish my degree now? • Improve resume and marketability • Qualify for a job promotion (Break through the glass ceiling!) • Need a career change • Increase salary potential • Learn essential skills to remain competitive • Personal enrichment • Finish what you’ve started BGS
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  7. 7. According to the Education Advisory Board, 2014, adult learners which are non-traditional student, seek a sense of assurance of support prior to enrollment. Can I afford to return to school? Will this program advance my career? Will I get credit for previous college experience? How long will it take to finish? Is it convenient to attend classes? Top Criteria for Non-traditional Applicants #1 #2 #3 Convenient and flexibility of offering Cost and availability of financial assistance Academic reputation and outcome
  8. 8. Famous people who went back to finish their bachelor’s degree…… BGS
  9. 9. Sandra Bullock BGS Actress Sandra Bullock, who starred in movies like While You Were Sleeping and The Blind Side and has won an Oscar and Golden Globe, among several other awards, left East Carolina University in favor of acting. However, she later returned and earned her bachelor's degree. Michael Jordan The Brooklyn-born player earned a scholarship to University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and studied cultural geography while playing basketball. One year before he was supposed to graduate, Jordan dropped out to join the NBA, where he started playing for the Chicago Bulls. In 1986, Jordan did return to his alma mater to finish his degree.
  10. 10. James Franco BGS Born in New York, James Franco moved to California to attend UCLA. After his freshman year, Franco left to try his hand in acting. After a few roles, he returned to finish his bachelor’s degree in English, In 2010, he earned an MFA from Columbia University. Franco is currently working on a PhD from Yale. Shaquille O’Neal O'Neal is a star both on the basketball court and in the classroom. The multiple award-winning NBA All-Star left school to pursue his athletic career, but promised his mother he would go back someday. In 2000 he graduated with his Bachelor's in Business from Louisiana State University… O'Neal said he decided to go back to college after thinking about what he will do when he retires from basketball.
  11. 11. U.S. Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel BGS Everyone loves Jaws and E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial but few people realize the man behind these movie successes earned his degree at the age of 55. Spielberg went back to college to earn his Bachelor of Arts from Cal State University's film school even after a successful and busy career and after being awarded five honorary doctorates. If Spielberg can benefit from going back to college, so can you. Steven Spielberg Chuck Hagel was sworn in as the 24th Secretary of Defense on February 27, 2013 becoming the first enlisted combat veteran to lead the Department of Defense. Secretary Hagel joined the United States Army and volunteered to go to Vietnam, rising to the rank of Sergeant and serving as an infantry squad leader. He earned numerous military decorations and honors, including two Purple Hearts. Following his tour in Vietnam, Secretary Hagel returned to school and graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha using the G.I. Bill in 1971. Where he earned a B.G.S. degree.
  12. 12. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, earned his B.G.S. degree in 1995. Johnson played college football at the University of Miami where he had great success until a back injury cost him a spot in the NFL. So he entered the ring with the Word Wrestling Federation. As "The Rock," and won the WWF Heavyweight title six times. Johnson parlayed his wrestling fame into a film career, Johnson received the Edward T. Foote II Alumnus of Distinction award, which honors an alumnus or alumna for personal or professional achievements that bring honor and recognition to the University
  13. 13. Today’s Agenda 9:00 Registration 9:20 BGS Opening Session / “The Value of a BGS Degree” 9:50 Break : Sign-up for Workshops and Visit our Campus Resources • Campus tour – Student Ambassador • Online Learning – BGS Advisor • Student Panel – BGS Advisor & BGS Alumni 10:00 Presentation by UM Campus Resources • Toppel Center Director - Eddie Cruz • Financial Aid Director – Joanne Brown • Alumni Center Director – Adlar Garcia • Academic Resource Center – Jennifer Wilson 10:45 Steps to the BGS degree ( Application process, Transfer credits, Saturday & Online Options) 11:00 UM Courtyard Fair – Exhibitor Tables, Online Learning Workshop, Area of Concentration, Student Panel, Campus Tour & Financial Aid. Don’t Forget your Completed Passport for your BGS “Swag” 9:00 a.m. Registration and Sign Up for Breakout Sessions 9:15 a.m. BGS Opening Session / “The Value of a BGS Degree” 10:00 a.m. Presentations by UM Campus Resources The Value of a UM Degree / Toppel Center Director - Eddie Cruz The Power of the Cane Network / Alumni Engagement Director – Adlar Garcia You are Not Alone / Academic Resource Center – Jennifer Wilson 10:45 a.m. Steps to the BGS degree (Application, Transfer credits, Saturday & Online Options) 11:00 & 11:30 a.m. UM Courtyard Fair Courtyard Financial Aid - Asst. Director , Joanne Brown Room 101 Student Panel – BGS Advisor & BGS Graduate Room 109 Online Course Demo – BGS Advisor Room 102 Campus Tour – BGS Student Ambassador Courtyard Don’t Forget to complete your surveys and BGS card for your UM “Swag”
  14. 14. www.miami.edu/bgsdegree
  15. 15. www.miami.edu/bgsdegree
  16. 16. Who is eligible for the BGS program? BGS Admissions Criteria  Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.2 from all previous college or high school courses (if applicant has less than 30 college credits). Official transcripts are required.  Applicants must be at least 22 years of age and 4 years out of high school  U.S. Citizen or permanent resident  Has not enrolled in the last calendar year in another credit- program at the University of Miami BGS
  17. 17. What about previously earned credits? Transfer credits from accredited institutions. Grades of “C” or better are transferrable  UM accepts up to 64 transfer credits from 2-year, and up to 75 credits from 4-year accredited colleges  Credits do not expire  Last 45 credits of your degree must be completed at UM BGS
  18. 18. Is this degree affordable? Yes!  The BGS program tuition is designed to enable working adults to reach their educational goals. Next classes begin August 25th. BGS Standard UM Tuition Special UM BGS Tuition $1790 per credit $750 per credit $5370 per course (3 credits) $2250 per course (3 credits)
  19. 19. BGS Program Structure  General Education (60 credits)  English, History, Math, Natural Sciences, Humanities, etc.  Electives (15 credits)  Area of Concentration (30 credits)  Interdisciplinary Courses (15 credits) Total = 120 credits BGS
  20. 20. Area of Concentration  Students with diverse personal and/or professional interests and goals can design a curriculum that makes sense to them and furthers their professional growth and development far more than a standard, one-size-fits-all program.  Students may select upper level coursework from any UM department and even blend curriculum from distinct departments to meet their individual academic objectives.  Examples of previously approved Areas of Concentration:  Management and Public Relations  Leadership and Communication  Management and Communication  Computer Information Systems  Human Resources Management
  21. 21. Flexible Options (45 credits)  NEW!! Online Option AoC in People and Society  On-Campus Saturday Option AoC in Public Policy, Civic Engagement and Communication  Classes meet on Saturday mornings  Two classes offered per Saturday between 8:00 am to 1:30 pm  Completion in 2 ½ years BGS
  22. 22. Online Program  Online courses range from the introductory level to the upper level courses (100 Level to 300 Level).  Online courses are 3 credit value and do not incur additional costs for BGS students.  Online Courses can apply to meet BGS requirements in General Education, AoC , and Interdisciplinary Courses  Online Course have been designed by our Continuing Studies Division Team to be interactive, web-based, and fully online.  Online Demo in Room 102
  23. 23. Available Scholarships  The Englander Scholarship  Osher Re-Entry Scholarship  Hirsch Scholarship  Stanley Bertram Goldstein Scholarship  Women’s Guild Scholarship BGS
  24. 24. Financial Assistance  Grants, scholarships, subsidized and unsubsidized loans are available for students through the Financial Aid Office. Awards are based on part-time student status.  UM Employees are eligible to apply for Financial Aid, but are not eligible for BGS Scholarships.  Students are required to complete a FAFSA (free application) to be eligible – www.fafsa.ed.gov BGS
  25. 25. It’s Time to Achieve Your Dream Q & A Have more questions? Schedule an advisement session online: Students with Last Names A-Mb: https://mbunsenbgs.youcanbook.me/ Students with Last Names Mc-Z: http://a_schopp_bgs.youcanbook.me BGS

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