CAPS Launches 100th Cohort

by Rebecca Van Dyk '05

On Tuesday, April 19, APU launched the 100th Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership cohort (BSOL). The Center for Adult and Professional Studies (CAPS) hosted the special event with an open house reception held in the VIP room at the Richard and Vivian Felix Event Center. Alumni, students, faculty, and staff joined together to celebrate this milestone.

The CAPS degree completion programs are experience-based degrees for working adults, offering majors in five different areas: Organizational Leadership, Management Information Systems/Computer Information Systems, Christian Leadership, Human Development, and Nursing (RN to BSN).

The “reality based learning” mentality is unique because students stay with the same group or cohort throughout their entire study. They develop strong relationships with other group members and act as support systems for each other. CAPS allows for a congruent flow of education and accommodates the balancing act of work and life.

"What a privilege to be part of the BSOL team,” said Gordon Coulter, Ed.D., associate professor of Christian education, Haggard School of Theology. “Over the years I have served as lead teacher and professor of several of the courses, and in each case I have come out gaining from the experience of being with adult students that really are motivated to learn and finally complete the degree that had escaped them until now.”

CAPS programs are offered at APU’s main Azusa campus, as well as regional centers in Murrieta, Orange, Victorville, Ventura, San Bernardino, and San Diego.