GOAL Oriented

GWU’s Longtime Distance Education Program Renamed

GOAL Oriented

For 40 years, Gardner-Webb University has offered a program that seeks to meet the unique needs of students working full-time jobs and simultaneously advancing their education. One of the first programs of its kind, the GWU GOAL (Greater Opportunities for Adult Learners) program launched in 1978.

After several years without using the “GOAL” acronym, administrators are pleased to announce that the program will be reverting back to its original name—with a few notable changes.

GOAL – The Degree Completion Program now stands for “Global Opportunities for Adult Learners,” which officials believe more accurately reflects the University’s commitment to providing educational solutions that are unhindered by constraints of time and distance.

Dr. Catherine Burr, associate provost for adult and distance education, said the program benefits transfer students as well as international students. “Seventy percent of GOAL-DCP students matriculate from a North Carolina Community College and 80 percent are working full time,” Burr noted. “The focus on Global Opportunities for Adult Learners [GOAL] aligns with several international projects we are developing in India, South America and China. We will continue to enhance our partnerships with community colleges to benefit educational and career options for our students.”

GOAL – The Degree Completion Program offers degree options in 15 areas of interest.

Learn more about tracks of study available through GOAL – The Degree Completion Program