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College Unbound educates adult learners one student at a time in out-of-the-classroom settings. With our delivery model, adult learners are able to work full-time in addition to being full-time students.

CU is not a course-based delivery model. Working in collaboration with academic advisors, professional mentors, field experts, and their peers, students create personal learning plans using interests, strengths and identified knowledge and skills gaps to chart a path to earning a bachelor’s degree. Students work their plans by: engaging with a variety of online resources and discussions, participating in workplace learning experiences, conducting individualized research, designing and completing high-interest projects through which they demonstrate university content competencies, professional competencies, and other skills necessary for lifelong learning.

Once per week, they meet with their College Unbound learning community for common experiences such as guest speakers and relevant reading discussion. Students maintain online portfolios of their work, and every eight weeks students participate in learning exhibitions to receive targeted feedback on their work and their thinking from peers, professional mentors, field experts, and College Unbound lead faculty and academic advisors.

CU is committed to:
  • deeply personalized education that fosters intellectual curiosity and improves the life of the student and the lives of those they touch.
  • pedagogy that honors the individual and demonstration of competencies over seat time.
  • leadership in innovative practices that disrupt conventional higher education.

Here is a breakdown of these essential PARTS…


Each student develops a personal learning plan designed to meet his or her goals, interests and learning needs. All learning is fully integrated and embedded throughout the students’ lives, work, and degree plan. Time for professional learning is structured into the work day and around students’ lives.


You can be a full time worker AND a full time student. Students can earn 15 credits per semester while working full time. Life experience is honored and credited. Nearly all transfer credits are accepted.


The curriculum is designed around the student. Workplace Learning is used, honored, and credited. Access to workplace mentors, field experts, and guest speakers ensures that skills and information are useful and current.


Students develop new frames of reference and transform personally and professionally. In addition to what they know, they learn to pay attention to how they know and why it matters. They develop high levels of competence in: creativity, collaboration, applied knowledge, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, accountability, reflection, resilience and advocacy.


A team that includes a College Unbound advisor, professional mentor, peers, and field experts supports each student.