Program Chair: Ken Meland
Faculty: Michael Sutton, Jerry Van Os, Charla Brown, Ken Meland, Richard Parsons
The Bachelor of Business Administration is a project-based degree completion program specifically
designed for non-traditional students who have completed an Associate’s Degree (A.A. or A.S.) and wish to complete a Bachelor’s degree at a later point in life. The program is designed to offer far more flexibility for the working professional than traditional programs. The program is:
Students completing all program and college requirements earn a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree from Westminster College.
A student completes the program by demonstrating mastery of the following program goals and related competencies:
A student is admitted to the program on a rolling basis, with new cohorts beginning the program in August, January, and May of each year.
Admission to the Bachelor of Business Administration requires the submission of the following materials to the Office of Admissions for admissions evaluation:
A student entering the program is given the equivalent of 64 credit hours for an associate’s degree (A.A. or A.S.).
In certain cases, a student may be allowed entry into the program and to begin working on project sequences even though they have not yet completed their associate degree. Such allowances are made only in rare cases, and only when the student is within 2 classes of completing the associate degree program. A written request for permission must be submitted to the program chair for approval. When such allowance is made, the courses must be completed by the time the student has completed the second project sequence (at the end of the second semester). If the student has not completed the associate degree at that point, he or she will be required to finish all remaining associate degree requirements before starting project sequence 3.
The cost of the entire program is fixed as long as the student is making academic progress. The tuition price includes all learning resources and fees. Students with extenuating circumstances can adjust their pace when necessary by communicating with the program staff. Students who decide to withdraw from the program entirely must notify their Program Assistant immediately.
A student is required to maintain satisfactory progress in the program in order to receive Title IV federal financial aid funds. For more information, see the satisfactory progress policy.
A student enrolled in this program is eligible for federal financial aid programs as described in the financial aid section of this catalog. A student is not eligible for institutional aid programs. To be eligible for federal financial aid, a student must maintain enrollment and satisfactory progress as described. A student can also elect to participate in alternative loan programs as long as eligibility requirements are met. Please contact your Program Assistant for specific information about financial aid.
The program consists of 5 project sequences which must be completed at Westminster College. Each of the project sequences consists of several small sub-projects and an integrative project. The projects are to be completed in the order specified. A student completes all projects to demonstrate mastery of the program learning goals and objectives. Before starting a project sequence, a student meets with his or her Coach to assess which learning experiences should be used to help the student complete the projects, given the student’s prior life and/or professional experience. The student is given a set of rubrics, which explain precisely how the project will be evaluated upon its completion. A student can use this rubric to self-assess the project before submission. When a project sequence is successfully completed, the student can begin the next project sequence.
To help students in the program, dedicated faculty members (Coaches) are specifically assigned to assist in learning and in learning assessment. Students and faculty interact regularly on an individual basis to effect learning. Each project sequence has a faculty Coach who assists the student in learning experiences and in project completion and evaluation. Each student also has access to Program Assistants to assist with registration, billing, financial aid, project submission, technology systems, and any other questions about the program. A student is encouraged to utilize these resources whenever needed throughout the duration of the program.
When a student has completed a project, work is submitted to the faculty Coach for evaluation according to the established project rubrics. A student is given one of three assessments for each of the competencies related to the sub-project and for the overall project: Exceeds project standards, Meets project standards, or Does Not Meet project standards. In all cases, the student is given substantial feedback on project performance. In the case that an assessment of “Does Not Meet project standards” is given, the student is allowed to use additional learning experiences and resubmit the work for additional evaluation. A student can submit their work a maximum of three times for evaluation.
Each project sequence includes a required two-day on-campus residency period. The residency consists of workshops, seminars, and simulations specifically designed to offer learning opportunities related to each project sequence. Residencies are scheduled once a semester. Please consult the program website for specific information on residency schedules.
Learning experiences are provided to help the student master the knowledge related to specific competencies and learning goals as they relate to specific projects. All of the learning experiences can be accessed from the program website. A student is not required to complete any specific set of learning experiences. Learning experiences augment a student’s knowledge and can be engaged on an as-needed basis by the student. A student is strongly encouraged to consult with his or her Coach as they are working on projects to figure out which sets of learning experiences are most useful, given the student’s background and experience. All learning experiences can be accessed by all students—even if a student is completing a later project, that student can refer back to learning experiences from other projects to help recall specific techniques and knowledge.
A student can complete the requirements of the program within five semesters. A student who, for whatever reason, does not enroll for two consecutive terms must request reinstatement in the program, and will be subject to the tuition charges currently in effect. While students may allocate their semester to meet their personal and professional commitments, each project sequence must be completed within a semester. If, at the end of the semester, the project sequence is not completed, satisfactory progress requirements will not have been met, and may jeopardize financial aid eligibility for subsequent semesters. Staying in constant contact with the program assistant and project coach helps avoid problems.
Students unable to complete a project sequence within a semester, and who therefore require an additional semester to complete the project are charged a $500 continuing registration fee, which is not part of the overall program price. The continuing registration fee allows the student to remain an active Westminster student with full access to Coaches and learning resources while continuing to work on the projects. The fee will continue to be charged each semester for the full number of semesters it takes a student to complete a project sequence.
In such cases, when the student does complete the project and is ready to move to the next project sequence, he or she will have to wait until the next scheduled residency at the beginning of the next semester. Because this will extend the length of time it takes for the student to complete the program, students are strongly encouraged to use the best planning techniques possible to insure they complete projects within a single semester.
If a student, because of personal and professional life commitments, needs to take a semester off, they can do so by fully communicating this need to his or her Program Assistant. If students take two full semesters off without actively communicating with their Program Assistant, they may be removed from the program and require reapplication to begin again.
A student who, for whatever reason, is unable to demonstrate mastery of the competencies of a particular project sequence after two full attempts will be asked to meet with their Coach. The Coach will work with the student to develop a realistic plan to identify those barriers that inhibit the student’s successful performance. This plan will then be engaged and the student will be given one additional attempt at completion. If the student is still unable to complete the project, the student may be suspended from the program.
A student who is suspended from the program may reapply for admission after two terms. A personal interview will be required before readmission is allowed, and, if readmitted, the student will be able to reenter the program at the current year’s tuition rate. The student will work with his or her Coach to develop a specific progress plan. As long as the student fulfills the terms of the performance plan, the student will be allowed to complete remaining program requirements.
Faculty members in the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business have developed the following academic standards to support the mission and goals of this program. The goals are presented here to help the student understand responsibilities as a student throughout the program.
A candidate for graduation must consult their Program Assistant at the beginning of Sequence 3. The Program Assistant will assist the student in completion of the application for graduation for the next graduation period in the following December or May, or August, depending on the actual date of application. To be eligible for graduation, a student must satisfy the following conditions:
A student should consult either the assigned Coach or the Program Assistant at any point when questions arise about graduation requirements.