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MVNU’s adult education celebrates 25 years

MOUNT VERNON, OH — Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s adult education program is celebrating 25 years of high quality, affordable and convenient learning.

With the start of Mount Vernon Nazarene College’s Executive Center for Lifelong Learning (EXCELL) in 1993, the BBA program was specifically designed for working adults, 25 or older, who had at least 60 accredited transfer hours. Students were able to take one course at a time and complete the entire program in less than 20 months.

The first graduating class of the EXCELL BBA program consisted of 38 students over 22 months of classes. With the demand for adult higher education, a Master of Arts in Education program was added in 1995 and the first cohort of 15 students graduated in 1997.

Since the early days of EXCELL, programs and off-site campuses have expanded and morphed into online spaces, and names have changed, but the mission and purpose of the non-traditional education for adult learners has remained — “To Seek to Learn is to Seek to Serve.”

“For MVNU, a commitment to growth in adult education means a commitment to more changed lives. We truly believe MVNU has a unique value proposition that is distinctively Christian and can impact the lives of those committed to lifelong learning,” said Eric Stetler, Vice President and Dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies at MVNU.

“With new program additions, such as the new MBA concentration in Human and Social Services Leadership, GPS is seeking to capitalize on the market demand for online graduate programs.

“I believe that this important celebration for GPS is not only a chance to look back at how far we’ve come, but also to look forward and ask that same question of ‘what’s next’ when it comes to programs, locations, and outreach efforts. Many of those who have been instrumental along the way are still hard at work within GPS as staff and faculty. We are all asking this question with an awareness that it is our mission to see more lives changed through a professional education with intentional faith integration.”

MVNU currently offers fully online degrees in business, education, and ministry, all at the undergraduate and graduate level.

For more information, visit for program offerings or text 614-407-5223 to talk to an Enrollment Specialist today! Classes forming now for early 2019.

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students, and working adults. With a 327-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and several convenient Graduate and Professional Studies locations throughout the state, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,200 students from 32 states and 19 countries/U.S. territories.