BIS Program Moves to CAS Dean’s Office

Posted: January 12, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Erick Soricelli

George Mason students graduating in January 2004 and in the future from the Bachelor of Individualized Study (BIS) program will have a diploma conferred from the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). On November 15, 2003, the program was moved out of New Century College (NCC) to become its own department under CAS.

Consisting of approximately 750 students, the BIS major is an adult degree completion program designed to be flexible enough for students active in the professional sector, returning to school from an extended period away from post-secondary enrollment, or those who deferred undergraduate study. BIS students are able to take classes from several different departments as part of a self-constructed academic requirement structure.

On a regular basis, BIS students meet with a select group of faculty and staff from various departments, and also with a small group of academic counselors in the BIS department headed up by adult learning and outreach director, Libby Hall.

Although the program is now its own department under CAS, Hall plans to continue pursuing the same goals for BIS as she did while it was under NCC. “Maintaining academic integrity, enhancing public relations on and off campus, and making sure people understand the program are still among my top priorities,” Hall said. “We will also continue to find ways for alums to give back to the program.”

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