The fundamental purpose of the program is to enable students at Arkansas State University to assume the responsibility for developing a personalized program of study to meet particular career goals and/or individual needs.
Students who satisfactorily complete approximately 50% of the requirements for selected baccalaureate degrees may earn an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree en route to the four year degree. For part-time students, or students who need to stop out due to personal or extenuating circumstances, the en route associate degree can be a valuable intermediate goal, bridging the period between matriculation and the completion of a four-year baccalaureate degree.
The program is designed to permit that segment of the student population for which the traditional degree tracks in higher education hold little or no attraction to utilize existing resources of the university in developing a personalized program of study. Through curriculum flexibility, the program attempts to provide the most challenging education possible, both to the academically gifted and to the creative student.