The College of Liberal Arts Congratulates 2012 BALA Graduates

BALA spring 2012 graduates: Nanette Davis, Andrea Salazar, and Lisa Frenchie

The College of Liberal Arts congratulates the students and faculty of the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts (BALA) degree completion program. Liberal Arts majors Nanette Davis, Lisa Frenchie, and Andrea Salazar are the first students to graduate from BALA in spring 2012. Five additional students will graduate in summer 2012.

Designed by the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Continuing and Professional Education in May 2011, BALA accommodates working adults, who have accrued a minimum of 70 baccalaureate-level course units, with a customized schedule and curriculum that are more conducive to their busy lives.

Formed as a cohort, the program provides opportunities for networking and assists students in acquiring skills and knowledge in the following areas: communication, critical thinking, language and literature, analytical and scientific reasoning, quantitative analysis, and philosophical foundations. The BALA degree is broad enough to support a wide variety of transferable units and engages students with wide-ranging career interests.

Reflecting on the program’s first year, Director Dr. Maythee Rojas notes the program’s significant purpose: “It’s exciting to help these students finally realize their educational dreams. I feel fortunate to play a part in their success.”