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College Dreams Ignited

Dr. Carol A. Leary, President of Bay Path University and the nationally-recognized American Women’s College online, is igniting a movement to galvanize communities, organizations, and thought leaders in support of the 76 million adult women in the United States who should complete their college degree.


Numerous studies show that women with a degree do better financially, professionally, and personally. We know that women with a bachelor’s degree can earn between $800,000 and $1,000,000 more in their lifetime than women with only a high school diploma. Women with a bachelor’s degree are better protected during economic downturns.

Their children do better in school and, more often, go on to college themselves. Equally important, adult women who return to college and earn a bachelor’s degree become leaders and change agents in their communities.

In 2014, under President Leary’s leadership, The American Women’s College at Bay Path University, the first all-women, all-online baccalaureate program in the nation was launched.

Dr. Leary’s experience and her passion for women’s education led her to write ACHIEVING THE DREAM: A How-to Guide for Adult Women Seeking a College Degree (White River Press; September 15, 2016; $22). The book is an enlightening, step-by-step guide that coaches and inspires women to successfully navigate the higher education system. And each chapter ends with a powerful story about a real woman earning their degree at Bay Path who dealt with challenging issues, yet achieved the dream of a college degree.

Despite the compelling reasons to earn a degree, President Leary acknowledges that the prospect of starting college or returning to higher education as an adult woman can feel daunting.

In ACHIEVING THE DREAM, Dr. Leary presents a clear case for not only why a woman should earn a college degree, but how to enroll in college and successfully complete a degree. Each chapter of the book includes a step-by-step guide addressing such topics as: 

  • Why you need a college education
  • How to apply to college
  • What is financial aid and how to get it
  • How to choose a career path
  • How to find the right college
  • What to expect when taking your first course
  • How to develop relationships with faculty and others who will give you the support you need

President Leary is a leading advocate for women's education and speaks frequently on women’s leadership and higher education. If you are interested in having President Leary speak at your event or conference, email, or call the Office of Public Relations and Communications at 413.565.1233.

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