Northern Arizona University's Payson campus continues this spring semester with a 57-percent growth in student enrollment from last spring.
Over the past five years, NAU-Payson has tripled in enrollment and doubled its undergraduate and graduate degree offerings. Graduating an average of 18 students a year, many Payson residents are taking advantage of being able to complete their four-year or graduate degree without the necessity of traveling to the Valley or to Flagstaff.
NAU-Payson offers 14 undergraduate and graduate degrees. In addition, NAU-Payson offers certification and endorsement programs in reading, special education, educational technology, public management, parks and recreation management, professional writing and restaurant management.
Popular undergraduate majors include elementary education, public agency service, and nursing. At the master's level, NAU-Payson offers degrees in engineering, business management, counseling/human relations, educational technology, leadership and elementary and secondary education.
With more than 250 classes offered each semester, coursework is available through web-based classes, interactive television classes and on-site instructors. You can complete all your degree or endorsement requirements in Payson.
Located on the Gila Community College Campus, NAU-Payson is now enrolling students for summer and fall semesters. If you would like to talk to an adviser about your future at NAU-Payson, contact the Program Coordinator, Dr. Gary W. Moore at (928) 474-5147, or e-mail him at gary.moore@nau. edu.
To see a complete listing of course and degree offerings, visit the NAU website at www.distance.nau. edu.
When asked about the typical NAU-Payson student, Moore explained, "At the undergraduate level, many returning students have completed coursework as far back as 20 years ago and are now seeking to return and complete their degree. Students don't realize that NAU will transfer, regardless of when you took the class, most if not all of the coursework completed at community colleges or universities. So, if they completed credit hours 10 to 15 years ago and the courses meet NAU's requirements, these courses will still transfer toward an NAU degree. Many students are surprised to find out they don't have to start from the beginning. In most cases, they can pick up their degree requirements where they left off years ago."