The Professional Adult Comprehensive Education (PACE) program is designed for adults to earn a bachelor’s degree in an accelerated and manageable format. Hundreds of adults have successfully completed their bachelor degrees through the PACE program.
Profile of a PACE Student
PACE students range in age from 20 to 60 and come from a wide range of backgrounds and bring different levels of college credit into the PACE program. Most students work part- or full-time. What all PACE students have in common is the desire to improve their lives through education. The life experience each student brings to the classroom creates a rich atmosphere for learning and applying the information to their own lives.
PACE also offers an Educator Certification in either Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education for adults who want to become teachers and have already earned a bachelor’s degree.
Each PACE major is made up of university requirement courses, electives, and specific major courses. Most majors require 124 credit hours for graduation. Students new to PACE are admitted into the major courses after they have met most of the university requirements. Many students move directly into the major courses while others may need to take various university requirements before they are placed into a cohort. Students are able to take both university requirements, electives, and major courses in the accelerated evening PACE format. See the specific requirements for each major under the Academic Programs section.
Most PACE courses meet one evening per week from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. Each course lasts 5, 8, or 10 weeks, depending on the major. Generally, students take one course at a time (Accounting students take 2), then move directly into the next course. Once students are in their major courses, they follow a pre-determined sequence for the classes, usually resulting in at least 12 hours of credit each semester. Some students will choose to take additional classes to fulfill university requirements or electives. A maximum of 18 credit hours per semester is allowed.
PACE courses meet on-site (Education courses are also offered at Parkland College in Champaign) and have no more than 25 students in a class. Some courses may be offered in a hybrid format, which means a portion of the class is offered on-site and the rest is online. Faculty use a variety of methods of instruction, including class discussion, written assignments,case studies, course software management systems, student presentations, team work, etc. Students receive a course syllabus online 2 weeks prior to the start of the class. The first assignment is prepared prior to the first night of class and is due at the first class meeting, and the final assignment may be due one week after the last night of class. An estimated 10-20 hours per week of outside course work is expected in the accelerated format.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition for the 2012-2013 academic year (begins in July 2012) is $417 per credit hour. New students are required to pay a one-time $150 deposit which is applied to the first semester's tuition. Textbooks are additional, and individual courses may have a lab fee. Graduation fee is $50.
The PACE academic year is divided into two semesters: Spring, which runs from January through early June, and Fall, which runs from July through early December. Students do not have class during spring break and the week of Thanksgiving. Most PACE students start at the beginning of the semester but it is possible to start at various times throughout each semester.
Courses are taught by Millikin faculty who bring related real life work experience to the course. PACE students enjoy a peer-like relationship with instructors who serve to facilitate classroom discussions and learning.
For additional information, please refer to our PACE Frequently Asked Questions or contact us at 217.420.6771 or firstname.lastname@example.org.