Salve Regina expanding reach of continuing education
'Students look for courses that fit their lives.'
COURTESY SALVE REGINA UNIVERSITY
CONTINUED EDUCATION: Traci Warrington, dean of professional studies at Salve Regina University, says a new Warwick facility will allow for working adults to pursue an undergraduate degree in another part of the state.
By Michael Souza PBN Staff Writer
As dean of professional studies for Salve Regina University, Traci Warrington has spent the last two years planning for the school’s new continuing-education building, from deciding its location to final course selection. Her expertise in business, economics and marketing made her the ideal choice to head the project. Located in Warwick, the new facility will offer graduate and continuing-education courses that are always in demand. The 12,000-square-foot building is being rehabbed to fit the school’s needs and will replace a much smaller extension located at 175 Main St. in Pawtucket that will cease operations in August.
The new building will be open in the fall.
PBN: Why the new facility, and why is it in Warwick?
WARRINGTON: We started looking at it two years ago. We had a small site in Pawtucket that had only four classrooms and each one held no more than 20 students. It was a wonderful facility and it worked for us for a number of years but it reached its capacity a few years ago. When we started to look at expansion we looked at the need for additional undergraduate degrees for adults. We also looked at accessibility throughout the state and Connecticut and Massachusetts. We found that Warwick, being central to the state and near to routes 95, 295 and 4 was a good spot.
PBN: What specific opportunities are possible with the larger space?
WARRINGTON: It give us the opportunity to offer graduate courses in another part of the state, but also allows us to introduce undergraduate-degree programs for working adults in that market. Beginning in the fall we will be offering undergraduate-degree programs in accounting, business administration and marketing.
We will also be bring in a BA in a liberal-studies program specifically for people who have earned credit elsewhere and are looking to finish a degree. These four programs will be in addition to the courses we already offer.