Slate Throwback: College Credits Practical Experience (Oct. 13, 1970)

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New York Institute of Technology, through its Division of Continuing Education (DCE), recently initiated a series of innovative degree programs. These programs were designed for businessmen who cannot attend college during conventional schedules but desire to pursue their education for job and career advancement.

The first program started during the fall of 1969. It offered Sperry Rand Corporation employees an opportunity to start or continue their education in their respective areas of specialization. One of the unusual features of this program permitted the businessman an opportunity to challenge courses for college credit. A businessman enrolled in this program, who through experience obtained on the job, could request permission to challenge a course (his request was based upon expertise achieved in his occupation). Upon successful completion of an approved examination, the course is waived and the individual receives full course credit.

This fall, the DCE has started another specially designed program for businessman. The president program permits the participants to continue on his job for four days a week while he attends school twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The courses are scheduled to permit him to work and study at the same time. According to Dr. Theobald, the Executive Vice President of NYIT, “this procedure allows the businessman to concentrate fully on his business and at the same time enables him to pursue a college degree.”

A third program will start shortly for persons from the Tool and Die Industry. These students will engage in Tech’s first Independent Study Program which permits an individual to work full time on his job and study at home at his own pace and leisure. One of the features of this program is the scheduling of seminars and workshops which the student must attend of periodic intervals during the school year.

The corporate college programs are under the direct supervision of Dr. William Smith, who is both Dean of Faculty and Dean of the Division of Continuing Education.

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Slate Throwback: College Credits Practical Experience (Oct. 13, 1970)