Franklin Pierce College commits to Arizona plan

Franklin Pierce College commits to Arizona plan

The Franklin Pierce College board of trustees has voiced what was described as its enthusiastic support for the Rindge school, initiative to expand by opening a campus in Goodyear, Ariz.

The board recently approved the implementation of Phase I of President George Hagerty’s plan to expand westward by agreeing to set up an office in Goodyear for the purpose of introducing Franklin Pierce College and its programs to Goodyear and the rest of Arizona.

Initially, the college will offer online undergraduate programs and graduate courses leading to a transitional doctor of physical therapy degree. The online courses will serve as an interim step until actual classrooms are available in Phase II.

Formal approval of Phase II is expected at the board of trustees’ meeting later this month.

College representatives are researching available space for classroom and laboratory space for the transitional doctor of physical therapy program. To fully use the space, business degree evening classes also will be offered.

Hagerty’s proposal to expand the college’s programs came after Goodyear Mayor Jim Cavanaugh solicited proposals from private institutions of higher learning in early 2006 to augment the city’s economic development efforts.

“As a soon-to-be university with a growing national and global reach, Franklin Pierce is always looking at opportunities to extend the benefits of student-centered teaching and relevant degree programs to more students,” said Hagerty. “We are very enthusiastic about Mayor Cavanaugh’s proposal, and this step to form a partnership with the city of Goodyear is well-aligned with our vision to build on our success in undergraduate and adult education.”

According to Zeddie R. Bowen, chair of the Franklin Pierce College board of trustees, the board’s commitment “reflects our confidence in Goodyear’s vision to establish a thriving educational partnership that will benefit students, the city and the regional economy. With Goodyear experiencing a 16 percent to 18 percent annual growth rate, we look forward to extending our institutional mission and our proven programs to a new population of undergraduate and graduate students.”

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