On a daily basis, OnlinePlus staff engages with hundreds, if not thousands, of prospective and current students; however, because of the online nature of our programs, we rarely have the opportunity to meet any of them. In this case, I mean to meet in the literal sense, a handshake, a smile, and a verbal conversation …
Students surveyed say that CSU is a “hidden gem” because of its open communication between students and administration, friendly people, a great location, and an education that includes hands-on experience to prepare them for the real world, according to the 2013 Princeton Review “Best 377 Colleges.”
One of the degrees that I recruit for is the Master of Science in Food Science and Nutrition with a specialization in Dietetics, offered through Colorado State University (CSU) and the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (Great Plains IDEA). One of the admission requirements for this degree is for the applicant to hold the credential of Registered Dietitian (RD). Oftentimes, prospective students are looking for a degree they can earn “en route,” but CSU and the Great Plains IDEA degree was developed for practicing RD’s who would like to advance their level of practice, retool for new career opportunities, or pursue doctoral study with enhanced knowledge in a specific area of dietetics practice. When a person makes the choice to move into the field of Food Science and Nutrition, most often they come to a fork in the road, one direction leading down the path of a nutritionist and the other a Registered Dietician. What’s the difference?
The United States Department of Education (DOE) states, “In the 21st century, graduating from high school prepared for postsecondary education and careers means having a solid grounding in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) field.” This need for having proficiency in STEM education is not only for those who are pursuing careers in science, engineering, and teaching, but is essential for all students.
In the words of Alice Cooper, and all of our students are aware, “school’s out for summer,” and for those of you who have just completed your degree, forever. I wanted to take this time to congratulate you on your accomplishment. We look forward to the world-altering changes that each of you will make as you move forward. We hope your time spent with us has helped you reach your goals – both educational and professional.
It is critically important prospective students looking at institutions of higher education to understand all types of accreditation. This understanding will ensure the choice you are making on your education is one that is right for you and will be the most beneficial to in the future. This blog post will focus on the two most common forms of accreditation: regional and national.
OMG, w/ the evolution of higher ed. it is necessary that we modify r communication 2 fit the online delivery of courses. There r many considerations & modifications that we must make when communic8ing w/ r profs and peeps b/c of the various electronic mediums available. Whether it be sending a txt, a pic, an e-mail, a FB message, or posting to a discussion board, it is our responsibility to make sure that we r being as respectful & effective in r online communication as we r in F2F contact. 🙂