Elmhurst College will open a new school this summer for people with busy lives.
The college’s board of trustees unanimously approved a charter last month that authorizes the creation of the School for Professional Studies, which will be dedicated to the education of nontraditional students.
The school will offer accelerated undergraduate programs, graduate programs and certificate programs that meet the needs of employers and serve people who don’t fit the mold of the traditional, 18- to 22-year-old, full-time college student.
The new school will offer on-line and campus-based learning environments, as well as hybrids that blend both approaches. Programs and courses also may be offered in off-campus locations around the Chicago area, or in accelerated semesters, or they may start multiple times a year.
“This is a moment of great opportunity for our college,” said college President S. Alan Ray. “Over the next several years, the school will significantly increase the number and kind of academic programs that serve working adults and those whose life commitments have previously precluded higher education.”
Tim Ricordati will serve as the College's first Dean of the School for Professional Studies.
With a long career that has focused on organizational development and operations for educational institutions, Ricordati has extensive experience in online education. He has served in senior faculty and leadership roles at DeVry University and its Keller Graduate School of Management and, most recently, as vice president of administration at American Quality Schools, a Chicago-based not-for-profit educational management company that operates charter schools in the Midwest.
The School for Professional Studies will officially get under way on July 1.