Simpson University Consolidates Adult Programs

For Immediate Release


REDDING, Calif. - Simpson University has merged two of its adult programs into a new School of Adult and Graduate Professional Studies, providing enhanced opportunities for students wishing to pursue higher education.

Dr. Addie Jackson is serving as dean of the school, which will consolidate the Adult Studies (ASPIRE) bachelor’s-degree-completion programs and two master’s-degree programs: counseling psychology and organizational leadership.

Dr. Jackson has a doctoral degree in organizational leadership and a master’s in marriage and family therapy. She came to Simpson University in 2009 to launch the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program with more than 20 years experience in various clinical settings and a 12-year academic career. She oversaw the addition and implementation of a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership in 2013 and became dean of the School of Graduate Professional Studies.

"We believe that this new structure will continue to serve our adult and graduate students well and provide additional options for student growth,” said Dr. Gayle Copeland, Simpson University’s provost. “Dr. Jackson is well-positioned to facilitate this merger and build on the good work already in place.”

The 12- to 16-month ASPIRE program, which offers evening classes, has graduated more than 3,500 North State adults since 1989, and offers bachelor’s degrees in business management, liberal studies, organizational leadership, and psychology.

“ASPIRE graduates have been great students in the master’s programs,” Dr. Jackson said. “They tend to be focused on their goals and excited to be able to earn a graduate degree from the school they are already familiar with.”

Students who major in psychology in the Adult Studies program can apply to the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology without taking any additional prerequisite courses. Adult Studies graduates in any of the four majors will get priority consideration if they apply to the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership, Dr. Jackson said.

For more information about the School of Adult and Graduate Professional Studies, visit The school's office is on the second floor of the Owen Student Services Center.



Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. The university celebrated its 25th year in Redding and the completion of a Science and Nursing Center in 2014. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings, including degrees in psychology and organizational leadership. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


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