The American Women's College Launches
With a full understanding of the complex and often chaotic schedules that shape women’s time, and a proven college model that valued that sense of time, an online offering was a logical extension of the goal that created the One Day program- to bring bachelor’s degrees to more women. Dr. Leary explained "For adult women today to achieve their dream of a degree, colleges and universities need to reconsider their educational delivery models."
There are hundreds of online degree programs, but for Bay Path, the challenge lay in capturing and then translating the unique camaraderie of the One-Day-A-Week experience for the online student. “Beyond academics—what students liked best about the Saturday accelerated program was the emotionally supportive environment and the sense of teamwork, collaboration and sisterhood,” noted Caron Hobin, one of the architects of The American Women’s College (TAWC).
Hours of discussions with One-Day-A-Week students and the deliberate intention of building a collaborative and engaging instruction model, “a place where women could meet online and share experiences and ideas related to their studies,” explained Hobin, resulted in the 2013 launch of an online, 120-degree credit program, exclusively for women.
Borrowing heavily from the One-Day-A-Week program and translating its emphasis on community and support, TAWC’s hallmark feature is the SOUL learning approach, Social Online Universal Learning. Through SOUL, students receive personalized on-boarding and the ongoing support of an educational coach, along with virtual learning communities for students to engage and network with other TAWC students in online interactions.
“We all get online together, we all chat, and if we wanted to, we would meet up to talk and do our work together. It was nice to be able to meet some of the friends you make along the way,” said Lissette Castle, a 2019 TAWC graduate