A Case Study
The Case of Mike T. Duck
The Mighty Duck, as he is known by his friends, is a young man on the move. It was not always that way. When he graduated from high school, the future was not bright. Finances necessitated he deviate from the preferred route of a full-time college man and sign on with Florida Power and Light (FP & L) while attending classes at night. Mike has been quite a standout at FPL, and as a part-time student at Florida International University (FIU), has accumulated a total of 65 credits. Pleased with his progress and promotions on the job, Mike was also content with the progress toward his degree. Now, however, he has reached a point in the company where the next promotion not only requires a strong work history but a bachelor’s degree as well.
Mike heard of PACE through a friend at work and decided it might well be the route to go as FIU classes are predominantly in the daytime, and the traditional semesters will not allow him to complete a degree within the necessary timeframe. The big question now, as with all students, is what kind of timeframe are we talking about?
The FIU credits will all count toward his degree as they are from a regionally accredited university, and all grades are C or better. Some credits may count toward his major, some in the distribution and the rest as electives, all toward the minimum of 120 credits needed to graduate. Mike never took AP classes in high school, and has earned more than 60 college credits so is ineligible for CLEP. What he can do testing-wise is take the CAT 102 challenge exam to meet the computer proficiency requirement since he is somewhat of a computer wizard. This exam will save him time and money. Another big plus for Mike is that many of the training classes at FPL have been approved for CCRS (formerly PONSI) credit. It is possible then for Mike to bring in the maximum allowable credits from all sources (90) toward his bachelor’s degree.
At Barry, Mike's advisor suggests he pursue a specialization in the BPS degree in order to earn his degree in the most expedient manner. The advisor's rationale is that Mike, like every PACE student, needs to satisfy Barry's 30-credit residency requirement. The Admissions Office's evaluation of Mike's transfer credits shows that within these required 30 credits of coursework, he can both complete deficiencies in the mandatory 45 credit distribution courses as well as the 24 credits needed for his specialization as six of his FIU credits can be used for the latter.