School of Continuing Education and Special Programs
The School of Continuing Education and Special Programs serves young people and area adults in both credit and non-credit courses, as well as corporate clients and their conference needs. We are proud to provide the resources for continuous learning to citizens of the Greater Gulf Coast through the efforts of our seven divisions.
Online Degree Completion Program
The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies now has an online degree completion
program. Interdisciplinary Studies students who have met all general education
requirements can complete their degree requirements through distance education.
Students work closely with departmental advisors to identify disciplines that
offer online courses. The online degree completion program combines the best of
traditional, face-to-face courses and distance education by providing the flexibility of
online courses with support and personal access to department faculty. To read the Chronicle article about interdisciplinary studies, Click Here
The School’s faculty are involved in ground-breaking research and are committed to working closely with undergraduate students to help improve their academic success. An excellent example of an innovative educator is Ms. Leslie E. Whiston.
Ms. Whiston is Interim Co-Chair of Developmental Studies and Instructor of Mathematics in the Department of Developmental Studies. She has a Master of Education in Educational Administration from the University of South Alabama, a Master in Teaching of Mathematics Coursework from Immaculata College in Immaculata, Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Business Administration from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. In addition, she received certifications in Educational Administration, Highly Qualified Designation in Mathematics, and Secondary Mathematics in the State of Alabama.
She has presented regularly at the Annual National Association of Developmental Education Conference about new strategies she and her colleagues are implementing in Developmental Studies. The revised courses have resulted in improved student success rates.
She is also a voracious learner. She has attended 12 professional development workshops in the last year for the purpose of improving her skills and increasing student learning.
Her expertise has drawn the attention of ACT, Inc. Ms. Whiston served as a consultant for ACT, Inc. in 2012 and served on the ACT Panel Review Board for mathematics tryout units in collaboration with other consultants and ACT test developers.