Bryan Confers 100 Degrees at December Commencement

December 18, 2017 – On Friday, Dec. 15, new graduates of the School of Adult and Graduate Studies (AGS) and the School of Arts and Sciences celebrated as Bryan College conferred 100 degrees on them, with 12 candidates for the Master of Business Administration degree; 2 for the Master of Arts degree; 8 for the Master of Education degree; 76 for Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Business Administration degrees; and 2 for the Associate of Science degree. In addition, 18 August graduates walked that night.

During the service Dr. Vaughn Cardona led the audience and graduates in singing “Joy to the World” and Mrs. Kim Keck sang “May the Road Rise Up.” Afterward, commencement speaker Chief Master Sergeant Mark A. Harris (senior enlisted leader for the Tennessee National Guard) spoke to the graduates. CMSgt Harris shared his testimony, a life story of God’s provision, comfort, and healing. He began, “I’d like to say how much I deeply respect and appreciate Bryan College as an institution of higher learning, for providing our community with a Christian worldview education. The mission statement of educating students to become servants of Christ to make a difference in today’s world sets the tone and expectation and standards – not only for the faculty, but also for the students and community.”

CMSgt Harris went on to applaud the Class of 2017 for their perseverance and their ability to overcome life’s obstacles. “Thank you for keeping the course as you accomplished this degree of higher education! I also would push you to not stop now,” he said. “Never stop trying to produce and develop your professional skill sets, your educational background, and your leadership skills. Never stop.” He then pointed out that believers never “graduate” from serving the Lord, then challenged the graduates to go out with the goal of reaching others for Christ.

Bryan College President Stephen D. Livesay remarked, “The fear of the Lord, the Scripture says, is the beginning of wisdom. My congratulations to you! I pray God’s best for you in the days to come.”

Written by Chloe Ann Townsend ’13, advancement writer and editor.


College Choice Places Bryan #11 in “Best Online Colleges in Tennessee”

November 1, 2017 – A recent ranking released by College Choice placed Bryan College #11 in “Best Online Colleges in Tennessee,” outranking competitors such as Tennessee Wesleyan University, Lee University, and East Tennessee State University.

“Online degree tracks, which often don’t require any on-campus classroom attendance, are at the cutting edge of education,” stated College Choice in its introduction to the ranking. “They integrate all of the rigorous academic standards and expansive resources of Tennessee’s thriving colleges and universities, while still allowing students to keep up with the responsibilities of a family or full-time job.”

The “Best Online Colleges in Tennessee” ranking takes several factors into consideration, including but not limited to graduation rate, institutional reputation, student-faculty ratios, and financial aid. Its write-up on Bryan includes helpful information on the distance education program across the undergraduate- and graduate-level online offerings. “Because the undergraduate program is specially tailored to adult learners with existing career or family obligations, most academic pathways offer a format that’s highly flexible and significantly accelerated compared to a traditional course of study,” the ranking points out.

Dr. Adina Scruggs, the dean of the School of Adult and Graduate Studies (AGS), remarked, “The School of Adult and Graduate Studies at Bryan College is committed to providing quality education with a Biblical worldview. The academic strengths of our traditional programs have grown into the variety of online degrees offered today. As we look toward future online course offerings, AGS continues to grow and fulfill the mission of Bryan College by ‘educating students to become servants of Christ to make a difference in today’s world.’”

To learn more about Bryan’s online offerings, click here!

Written by Chloe Ann Townsend ’13, advancement writer and editor.


Bryan College Recognized as a VETS Campus

October 17, 2017 – Last Thursday Bryan College had the distinct honor of being named a VETS Campus by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC). The morning ceremony featured several speakers from both Bryan and the local community. Bryan College Coordinator for Military Recruitment Michael Kennedy emceed the event and gave an overview of the program before introducing the other speakers.

According to the Tennessee Department of Veterans Services, “Passed into law in 2014, the Tennessee Veterans Education Transition Support (VETS) Act establishes a program of recognition for higher education institutions which allocate resources for veterans’ successful transition from military service to college enrollment. An institution receiving VETS Campus certification not only prioritizes outreach to veterans, but successfully delivers the services necessary to create a supportive environment where student veterans can prosper while pursuing their education.” Twenty-two institutions of higher education in Tennessee have received the VETS Campus certification. Bryan is one of only four private schools in the state to earn this recognition.

Dayton Mayor Gary Louallen praised the United States military and reiterated the community’s support and pride for the armed forces. He expressed his gratitude “for what Bryan has done to bring this together.”

“We want to invest in and serve those who have served us,” remarked President Stephen D. Livesay during the ceremony. “I’m so proud that Bryan College is going to be a part of a group of four private colleges in the state who have this certification.”

THEC Assistant Executive Director for Tennessee Higher Education Tom Morrison presented the framed approval letter and certificate – which officially designate Bryan College as an official VETS Campus – to Dr. Livesay, who accepted it on behalf of the college. Morrison said, “Congratulations to Bryan College for this wonderful recognition and designation. It shows the work that you’ve done and continue to do in supporting veterans.”

For more information about Bryan’s options for veterans, click here!

Written by Chloe Ann Townsend ’13, advancement writer and editor.


Bryan College Ranked in the Top 10 of Most Affordable Online Christian Colleges

IMG_0323August 25, 2016 – Bryan College continues to earn national recognition and acclaim for its online Adult and Graduate Studies (AGS) program. The latest honor ranks Bryan no. 9 in a list of the “60 Most Affordable Accredited Online Colleges and Universities” by GreatValueColleges.net.

“This ranking reflects Bryan’s continued commitment to our online program and the goal to make the program as accessible as possible to working adults,” said Rick Taphorn, Vice President of Finance and Enrollment. “We understand that paying for college can be a daunting task, but our program allows for financial flexibility while providing a top-notch, Christ-centered education.”

From the article:

“The Adult and Graduate Studies sector of Bryan offers three fully online undergraduate programs: an associate of business; BS in applied psychology, and a BS in business administration. As for the online graduate degree programs, Bryan offers an MA in Christian ministry, an MBA, a master of education, and numerous graduate certificates.”

An estimated 95 percent of Bryan students receive financial aid to help fund their education. Many of them also receive merit-based scholarships from outside sources.

“This list is for students seeking a well-rounded, affordable Christ-centered education online,” said Gabrielle Gibeily, researcher and author, in a news release.


Written by Curtis Jolley, Social Media and Communications Coordinator

 


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