Accelerated Degree Programs for Adults

Many working adults, who did not complete college, realize later in life that having a college degree can make a big difference in their future, helping them to move along their career track and find greater success.  Reaching educational goals after taking a break from more traditional college life doesn’t have to be unattainable amidst responsibilities of working and raising a family.  The dream of having a college degree or advancing to a higher degree can indeed be realized, and accelerated degree programs can help students make their dreams a reality.

Albertus Magnus College has led the delivery of quality, accelerated degree programs for working adults in Connecticut since 1985. Our programs offer the most comprehensive, flexible, convenient, and affordable educational opportunities for adults available anywhere in the state.

Students in our accelerated degree programs can earn an undergraduate or graduate degree in a format that best fits their busy schedule and responsibilities in life.  Formats include our New Dimensions program which is cohort based, begins anytime throughout the year when a cohort of 14 students is admitted into a particular program, and follows a preset sequence of courses in which students complete one-course-at-a-time for the duration of their program. Courses are typically 5-6 weeks long and meet on the same night of the week over the duration of the program. Our other accelerated degree format at the College is modular, and that allows students to choose up to two or more courses during each 8-week module that runs over a typical semester.

Accelerated undergraduate and graduate programs are offered either fully online, in a blended (hybrid) format which is a combination of on-ground and online delivery, or on-ground in a classroom.

So, what are some of the benefits of an accelerated degree program?

Because accelerated courses at Albertus allow for earlier program completion, students can realize their educational goals quickly without taking them away from their jobs or family commitments.  One of the most important benefits in the New Dimensions program is our one-course-at-a-time accelerated format which offers students a status as a full-time student, and eligible for financial aid if they qualify.  This is a very convenient benefit, and concentrating on one course at a time is an effective approach for adults returning to college.

Accelerated degree programs enable academically qualified students to earn both a bachelor’s and an advanced degree — graduating sooner than they would in traditional programs.

Our accelerated degree programs cover a wide range of online and on ground degrees, from sociology, psychology and criminal justice to education, business and management, art therapy or organizational leadership.  Our programs are located in New Haven, East Hartford, Norwich, Bridgeport, Bristol and Enfield.

In Albertus accelerated degree programs, students learn from academically qualified professionals with real-world experience, which means that they can apply what they learn immediately in their jobs and life.  Students build upon a strong foundation in the liberal arts, giving thoughtful attention to the ethical issues which arise in the workplace and in life.

Innovative approaches to adult learning and personalized classroom attention. That is a hallmark of the accelerated degree programs at Albertus Magnus College.


Dr. Irene Rios served at Albertus Magnus College from 2009 to 2013. A graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology with a baccalaureate degree in business administration and a master’s degree in curriculum development and instructional design, she received her doctorate from the University of Hartford where her research focused on academic advising in higher education. She is the 2008 recipient of the annual dissertation research award recognized by the National Academic Advising Association.

An extensive career in higher education includes holding leadership positions at a variety of institutions including Rochester Institute of Technology, Saint Joseph College, and Springfield College. Additionally, Dr. Rios has served as a professor in business management, education, and student development programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels at Springfield College and the University of Hartford.

What Should Leaders Do About Conflict?

Kevin Nash, PhD

Conflict is natural and necessary and it has the potential to be beneficial or destructive. An important role of organizational and community leaders is to leverage conflict towards productive ends. When effectively managed, conflict has the potential to promote individual and professional development and enhance performance outcomes.

Unresolved conflict, on the other hand, has the potential to damage relationships and  disrupt the work environment, depress teamwork, lower morale and increase stress. Left unresolved, conflict can poison the atmosphere and thereby negatively affect people who are not directly involved.

How we understand, approach, and manage our own conflicts and facilitate the resolution of conflicts among others is critical to being an effective and ethical leader. Effective leaders understand the sources and types of conflict that arise among individuals, groups, and organizations, and are aware of their own communication and conflict management style.

Here are some suggestions for what a leader can do about managing conflict effectively:

  • Be alert for conflict in the organization and recognize the sources and types of conflict among individuals and groups.
  • Distinguish between constructive conflict – the type that can contribute to individual and group performance, versus destructive conflict – the type that damages working relationships.
  • Understand and assess the influence of factors that can cause conflict such as cultural differences, demographic differences (e.g. gender, race, etc.), differences in values, personality clashes, and different communication styles, to name just a few.
  • Develop effective communication skills such as active listening and “talking tentatively” that are central to the successful resolution of conflict.

Unfortunately it seems that many people in leadership positions are conflict averse and adopt the “ignore it and hope it goes away” strategy to conflict resolution. Of course sometimes this strategy might be the right one to take – for example when the conflict is relatively trivial and the protagonists seem to be able to work things out between themselves.  In many cases, however, effective leaders need to step into a conflict to calm overheated emotions and inject some rational thinking.

A few leaders seem to have a natural ability to handle conflict, but many leaders need training in the tools and techniques of conflict resolution to be able to handle conflicts effectively. Thankfully there are a number of courses and self-help books available and these can be of great value in helping leaders develop their conflict handling skills. Like all skills, however, before becoming proficient, leaders need to practice their conflict resolution skills so they are ready when the situation becomes heated, emotions are running high, and rational thinking is in short supply!
nashDr. Kevin Nash divides his time between teaching at Albertus Magnus College and providing consulting services to corporate clients. After more than twenty years’ experience in sales, marketing, and human resources with major corporations, Kevin started his own consulting practice in 2006 and since then has worked with clients in a wide range of industries in the USA, Europe, Africa, and Asia. His area of specialty is helping organizations hire and develop talented employees.

Kevin has a PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Capella University, an MA in Management from The University of Kent, UK, and a Diploma in Marketing from the Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland. He is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management and a Board Member of the Institute for Behavioral and Applied Management.

He lives with his wife in Newtown, Connecticut and for recreation Kevin plays music (guitar and five string banjo) and has a small sailboat on Candlewood Lake, Connecticut.


Dominican Tradition: The Search for Truth


As part of the ePortfolio classes Albertus Magnus College students have an opportunity to write about the mission statement of the college and how this statement impacts their lives now as college students and in the future. Student Alisia Cintron, East Haven native and member of the Class of 2016, shared her thoughts on the “search for truth in all its dimensions.”

albertus-shieldThe central focus of the mission statement, “the search for truth in all its dimensions,” resonates with me because I feel that I have learned so much about myself during this first year at Albertus. In a way I have taken a journey to find myself and my truth. This freshmen year has been full of trial and error for me. I’ve had to figure out a school and work schedule and how to balance various areas of my life.

In addition to personal growth I have widened my perspective about the world based on what I have learned in my classes. As a result I have developed opinions about political and social issues. In my Insight class, especially, I have been challenged to look outside of my immediate environment to see what is going on in the world. For example, in my current project I have researched gender roles and policies in other countries and found I now have strong opinions on this subject.

I will live the mission statement by continuing to discover who I am and my place in the world while also keeping an open heart. I found that the religious and ethical values of Albertus promote community involvement and caring about others. I hope in the future I will live by these principles.

If a student were to ask me about this college I would say I have met some incredible people. All of the teachers I have met so far enjoy their jobs. I can tell this because they want us to succeed in our studies. The students have welcomed me with kindness and respect. There are many opportunities to be part of the Albertus community through sports and activities and it is up to each student to decide how they want to be connected with others.

The mission of finding truth can only happen when one seizes the opportunity and is willing to learn and grow. Albertus provides the environment for both.

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