Lasell College Works to Make College Education More Affordable and Applicable

For some sophomore students at Lasell College, a New England Council member, heading back to school in the fall might not necessarily mean heading back to campus. That’s because Lasell recently announced its new Sophomore Alternative Semester, or SAS, which will allow a select group of students to take classes online while gaining real-world experience in a part-time job.

The idea for the Sophomore Alternative Semester first came to Lasell administrators while looking for innovative ways to reduce the cost of a college degree. Students in the program will be able to save money by living at home for the semester instead of paying for room and board. Additionally, the online classes they will take cost less per credit than traditional classes on campus. By working part-time jobs while taking classes, the students will also be able to make some money which could be put toward tuition or other expenses, all while gaining real-world work experience.

Students enrolled in the program will all take the same five classes as a group. Lasell administrators believe this will help the students feel a sense of community and camaraderie while simultaneously completing several core courses required for most Lasell students. One of the courses will be a professional development class, in which students will reflect on their work experience and further develop their professional skills.

“These students, whether it’s 15 of them or 44 of them, they’re going to have this unique experience together, so it’ll be really interesting to see what it’s like for them to return to campus having had that,” said Steven Bloom, Lasell’s Dean of Undergraduate Education and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Located in Newton, MA, Lasell College has worked for over 150 years to prepare students for a variety of fields by combining classroom and real-world experience. The New England Council applauds Lasell’s commitment to finding new ways to keep college affordable.

Read more in The 1851 Chronicle.

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