With classes poised to begin in Atlanta next month, we sat down with Dr. Tim Eades, executive vice president for graduate and continuing studies, to learn more about Trevecca’s plans in the city. Eades, who leads Trevecca’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies, is excited to open classes at two locations in the city: Duluth and College Park. Here’s what he had to say.
1. Why Atlanta?
Trevecca has a long history of offering adult and graduate degree programs at campus locations throughout Tennessee. As far as why Atlanta, one might jokingly say location, location, location —but that is actually very much the truth. Atlanta proper is just a short three-and-a-half-hour drive from Trevecca’s main campus. On a listing of the 10 largest metro areas in the United States, Atlanta stands out on the Trevecca region with over 5.8 million people— only the Miami metro area is larger. With a close proximity to Trevecca’s main campus and such a significant population, this truly represents a great opportunity for the University.
Additionally, the Georgia District of the Church of the Nazarene [Trevecca’s denominational affiliation] constitutes some 9,000-plus Nazarenes. The Georgia Church of the Nazarene and their district superintendent, Rev. Kyle Poole, have welcomed Trevecca with open arms and have been playing a vital role in supporting this effort.
2. Why did Trevecca select Duluth and College Park as our locations in Atlanta?
In selecting Atlanta-area locations, Trevecca leadership worked closely with alumnus and Atlanta commercial real estate expert Michael Runyan. Our Duluth location sits in Gwinnett County with a population of more than 900,000 people. The College Park location sits almost adjacent to the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, on the line of Fulton and Clayton counties, with a total population of over 1.3 million. The Duluth and College Park locations represent an opportunity for Trevecca to reach a diverse population of students, businesses, nonprofits and church communities. These commercial areas are known for providing non-traditional educational opportunities to the adult learner, and Trevecca can now provide another option, especially for that student looking for an opportunity with a faith-based university.
3. Trevecca offers a wide variety of online education options. Why was it important to offer face-to-face programs?
It’s a question of learning preference. Trevecca currently serves some 2,400 non-traditional students in degree completion and graduate programs. Almost 1,000 of those students attend courses in a physical classroom. While it’s true that a majority of Trevecca’s non-traditional students prefer online delivery, the number of adult students who have a face-to-face learning preference is still quite relevant. It’s our intent to offer options to prospective students. Based on their learning styles, they can choose opportunities that fit their life, whether once a week or entirely online.
4. What programs are you currently offering? As you expand the offerings, what types of programs can ATL residents expect to be offered?
Our current face-to-face offerings in Atlanta revolve around the popular areas of business and management. Specifically, we are offering students face-to-face offerings this academic year with an associate degree in business management, a bachelor’s degree in management and leadership and a master’s degree in business administration (MBA). This may expand over the next years depending upon interest. Additionally, the two Atlanta locations serve as a beacon to promote our 17 online degree programs. Literature conclusively shows that students are more likely to attend an online program from a college or university within 100 miles of their home.
5. What makes Trevecca unique in Atlanta?
The same thing that makes Trevecca unique and noteworthy in Nashville is very true for the metro Atlanta area: we are a Christian university! A few years back, the Trevecca Cabinet worked through strategic planning and created what we’ve all termed the “Tower Map.” This summer, we revisited and revised that Tower Map, however two core attributes continue to guide an education at Trevecca: Christ-like character and real-world relevance. We’re excited to have Dr. Shawn Thomas, our regional dean in Atlanta, and her team introduce Trevecca to this new and vibrant Atlanta market.
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