I want to welcome you to the web site of the newly renamed Tulane University School of Professional Advancement.
One of the hallmarks of a school like this one is its responsiveness to changes in the world and in the workplace. Tulane’s commitment to serving working adults goes back to 1884, when the university first offered courses to school teachers and to young men in need of skills in the trades. In 1942, Tulane established University College as its locus point of academic programs for working adults; that school was transformed into the School of Continuing Studies in 2005 as part of the university’s post-Hurricane Katrina Renewal Plan. Now, we are entering a promising new era.
Our name, the School of Professional Advancement, represents our focus on educating working adults and offering “applied” learning, which essentially means an education that is relevant and applicable to work and to daily life. We want to prepare our students and graduates for opportunities in the 21st century workplace, where deep analytical skills and a solid grounding in the arts and sciences are just as valuable as technical skills in a specific field.
I know we will look back on today as the point at which we unleashed a whole new level of possibility and opportunity, both for us and for the many thousands of people who will flock to our growing and flourishing school, and to its excellent undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the classroom and online.