The GOAL (Grace Opportunities for Adult Learners) program gives adult learners the opportunity to earn a B.S. in Management, while maintaining their family and career responsibilities. This degree is offered both residentially and online.
GOAL is specifically designed for adult learners and Ivy Tech State College graduates who desire to complete their four-year degree while continuing full-time life responsibilities. With convenient scheduling, current technology and outstanding conventional classroom instruction, Grace offers the faculty, courses, and academic resources to make completing a bachelor’s degree a reality.
This B.S. in Management degree serves those who have interrupted their higher education for work, family, or other commitments. Building upon previous college credits and life-long learning experiences equivalent to about two years of college, the GOAL degree can be completed in 16 months.
Courses in this major:
In this course we will examine adult developmental stages including physical, cognitive, personality, social, and moral development. This course will provide orientation activities for adultlearners to adjust to the college environment, facilities, and technology. We will also learn how to prepare a portfolio of experiential learning.
Students will build a writing portfolio for diverse audiences and purposes. A writing rubric will ensure strong ideas, logical organization, conversational voice, clear words, smooth sentences, correct copy, and a reader-friendly design. Computer tools will be used to create and enhance written messages that meet the needs of today’s fast-paced business environment.
In this course, students will learn to analyze, construct, and deliver a variety of presentations required in the modern workplace. Emphasis will be on practicality and individual growth.
Students will gain experience with and knowledge of concepts related to diversity in the workplace. Special emphasis is placed on understanding personality preferences. Group dynamics such as power, perception, motivation, leadership, and decision-making are analyzed through readings, written assignments, and class discussion.
This course will survey the role of managers in organization: planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. We will explore leadership styles and techniques, preparing students to solve problems and apply effective decision-making processes in their environments.
Students study the basic legal principles which control modern business transactions. Additionally, the course deals with such topics as contracts, agencies, employment, negotiable instruments, property, sales, and business relations with government.
Students will be exposed to major theories of human resource management and contemporary trends in recruiting, training, motivating, and retaining a productive workforce. The legal, psychological, social, and economic issues related to managing people will also be addressed.
Students will learn how to interpret basic statistics in order to aid in the decision-making process. Examples from research studies will be employed to help the student comprehend how various statistics can be used to make decisions about real life problems in the workplace and in society.
Students will develop ethical awareness and accountability and consideration of individual contributions to ethics of the working world including small group analysis of selected rules and cases.
This course is an introductory survey analyzing the three fundamental forms of financial statements: Balance Sheet, Income Statements, and Cash Flow Statement. Interpretative skill set development will focus on strategic financial planning, assessing risk, and applying effective budgeting controls.
The study of organizational development explores how companies must adapt to ever-changing internal and external environments in order to thrive in today's economy. Change strategies and intervention processes will be studied so students can apply practical solutions to various organizational challenges in case histories and their own workplaces. Leadership and teamwork will also be explored in the context of organizational development.
Students will learn how to use mathematics, statistics, and various computer packages to solve common business problems.
This course will focus primarily on understanding and utilizing information technology and information systems within an organization from a managerial perspective.
This course introduces the student to specific research terminology and research fundamentals such as design, sampling, surveys, experiments, focus groups, and other qualitative and quantitative approaches, culminating in a student research project.
This culmination experience will enable students to select individualized activities that demonstrate their practical managerial skills in the workplace.
This course focuses upon servant leadership, equipping and empowering others for leadership, and leading as a change agent. Though the leadership principles in this course are based upon Scripture, they are all applicable to a variety of contexts in the workplace.
The individuals who will challenge you to learn:
Diploma in Christian Education, Moody Bible Institute; B.S. in Behavioral Science, Grace College; M.A. in Biblical Counseling, Grace Theological Seminary; M.A. in Organizational Communication, with emphasis on training and development, Ball State University
Allyn Decker served as Chairman of the Communication Department at Grace College from 1987-1997. For the next 13 years he served as Vice President of Training and Development for Lake City Bank. Currently, Professor Decker directs the graduate studies for Orthopaedic Regulatory and Clinical Affairs at Grace College. He is also Moderator of the Kosciusko Leadership Academy and serves on several local boards.
B.A. in Psychology, Grace College; M.A. in Biblical Counseling, Grace Theological Seminary; M.Div., Grace Theological Seminary; Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, Ball State University
Dr. Thomas Edgington joined the Grace College faculty in 1992. He is a licensed psychologist and mental health counselor, who has practiced in community health centers, church counseling centers, and private practice. He is involved in ongoing research and has interests in marriage counseling and counseling depression and anxiety.
B.S. in Psychology, The Ohio State University; M.Div., Grace Theological Seminary; D.Min. in Pastoral Studies, Denver Seminary
Dr. Jeffrey Gill was the senior pastor of the Delaware, Ohio Grace Brethren Church for 20 years (1982-2002). He started at the church when it was little more than a church plant. It experienced substantial growth over the years and is now well-known in the FGBC as a healthy and influential church body. He assumed the role of Dean of Grace Theological Seminary in July 2002. In 2008, he was named Dean of the School of Ministry Studies, which includes both the Seminary and the undergraduate Biblical Studies Department at Grace. He was the National Moderator of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches in 2002. He and his wife, Kathy, have two grown daughters.
B.A. in Speech Communication, Grace College; M.A. in Communications, Ball State University; Ed.D. in Educational Administration for Higher Education, Ball State University
Dr. Grill chaired the Grace College Communications Department for nearly 20 years before being named Dean of Ivy Tech State Community College/Warsaw in 1988. During his 10 years at Ivy Tech, Grill was named both Kosciusko County "Man of the Year" and Winona Lake "Citizen of the Year" for his efforts in bringing higher education to a wider range of citizens in this area. He returned to Grace in 1999 in order to begin a Grace College community education outreach.
B.A. in Bible and Psychology, Grace College; M.S. in Clinical Psychology, Purdue University; Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration, Michigan State University
Dr. Bill Katip's professional background includes more than 35 years of college administration, teaching, and counseling experience in college admissions, student life, and academic affairs. From 1989 to 2007, he lived in Beaver Falls, PA, where he served for 10 years as the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at Robert Morris University. In June 2007, he was appointed provost at Grace College in Winona Lake, IN. He and his wife, Debbie Cahill Katip, have four children.
B.A. in Psychology, Grace College; M.A. in Counseling and Personnel, Western Michigan University
Cindy Sisson joined Grace in 2002, and is currently the Dean of Enrollment Management. She also teaches in the college's School of Behavioral Science and School of Adult and Community Education. She and her husband have three children and they attend Warsaw Community Church.
B.S. in Business Administration, Grace College; J.D., Valparaiso University School of Law
Professor Kevin Vanderground formerly taught at First Baptist Christian School. He also has had experience as a law clerk and is currently a partner at Bratcher & Vanderground, P.C. Attorneys at Law in Merrillville, IN.
B.S. in Business Administration and Psychology, Grace College; M.A. in Adult and Community Education, Ball State University; MBA, Grace College
Professor Tim Ziebarth is a 1993 graduate of Grace College, where he majored in business administration and psychology and minored in communications. After graduating from Grace College, he spent a year working in city government as the assistant city planner, then joined the 1st Source Bank headquarter out of South Bend, Indiana. His banking experience includes the role of mortgage loan officer, branch manager, and small business loan officer. He returned to campus in 2002 as the director of alumni services in the Grace Alumni Office. In May 2009, he was named the Director of the William P. Gordon Institute for Enterprise Development. He has taught in undergraduate students in Grace's School of Business and currently teaches for the School of Adult and Community Education.
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What others are saying:
When I started GOAL, I was doing it alone. When I finished GOAL, I realized I was not alone. I had the support not only of twenty other students in my cohort, but also of Grace’s staff, administration, and professors. They prayed for us and lifted us up. I learned about management, but more importantly I learned the incredible value of a team. Harnessing each of our strengths created a cohesive unit that worked together toward our ultimate goal: completion of GOAL.
—Dee Anna Muraski, Kosciusko County Community Foundation, Warsaw, Indiana; GOAL graduate, 2010
I have attended college and college-level training since 1981, but I have never focused that training into degree completion. The Grace College GOAL Program allowed me to complete bachelor’s in management degree in 16 months. The straight forward style of classroom instruction provided by the Grace professors was complemented by interaction with local business professionals. This combination provided me with a truly practical learning experience and relevant knowledge that I apply daily in my manager position at Zimmer.”
—Jeff Smalls, Zimmer, Inc., Warsaw, Indiana; GOAL graduate, 2010
I found the Grace GOAL Program to be well-designed for adult learners. The entire adult learning process had been studied and carefully considered during the creation of the GOAL Program. The curriculum was chosen to be immediately applicable to the workplace, and the professors are very skilled in their area of teaching. Another critical design of the program is that the course hours allow students to qualify for financial aid. Not every degree completion program qualifies for financial aid, and this was an important aspect of the program for me. I am so thankful for the Grace GOAL Program that afforded me the opportunity to receive a quality and well-rounded education. I encourage you to investigate the possibility of completing your dream of obtaining a bachelor’s degree. It is doable thanks to the Grace GOAL Program.
—Peggy Essig, Zimmer, Inc., Warsaw, Indiana; GOAL graduate, 2010