Building Campus Pride Among Virtual StudentsJanuary 22, 2015For years, we’ve heard that students who learn online cannot possibly develop the same affinity for the institutions they attend as their peers who study on campus. But from where I sit, nothing could be further from the truth. So while there’s no magic formula for promoting this institutional pride, there are strategies that have proven successful for engendering a positive online student experience—which is, after all, the hallmark of affinity at any institution.
Video: Is Your Online Program Legit? - Google HangoutJanuary 15, 2015 - U.S. News & World ReportOnline students know that earning a degree is an investment, and one they want to be worthwhile. But with many online options available, it can be hard to find a program that will be legitimate in the eyes of employers and graduate schools. To help students figure out how to find the right online program, U.S. News & World Report held a Google Hangout to talk about faculty credentials, for-profit versus nonprofit schools and to what extent accreditation matters to employers and others. Participants included Susan Aldridge, president of Drexel University Online, Peter Shea, associate provost for online learning and an education professor at University at Albany—SUNY, and Judith Eaton, president of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. For those that missed yesterday’s Google Hangout, you can now view it online!
Register: Is Your Online Program Legit? - U.S. News & World Report Google HangoutJanuary 13, 2015On Wednesday, January 14th at 2 p.m. EST, learn how to pick an online program employers will respect and find out how to tell if an online degree program is accredited. Panel members will offer advice on how to choose a legitimate online degree program and encourage input from all attendees. A featured panelist includes Drexel University Online President Susan C. Aldridge, PhD!
Drexel University Ranked Among Best Online Programs in the NationJanuary 12, 2015Drexel University has been ranked among the top 100 online bachelor's degree programs in the country according to 2015 U.S. News & World Report rankings. Currently, Drexel University offers more than 130 fully-accredited online bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate and certificate programs.
Online Degrees Can Give Government Employees a Career BoostJanuary 7, 2015 - U.S. News & World ReportFor government employees, moving up the career ladder doesn't always just take hard work. In many cases, it takes a degree to land the coveted corner office. Fortunately, online education options offer career-boosting degrees that fit in around a day job. Drexel University Online President Susan Aldridge, PhD discusses the advantages of online degrees for government workers and highlights how Drexel's cybersecurity and national security management master's degrees and certificate programs address top priorities for the U.S. Government.
5 Financial Questions to Ask Before Getting an Online DegreeJanuary 7, 2015 - U.S. News & World ReportOnline students have many of the same cost, financial aid and student loan questions as their counterparts attending brick-and-mortar schools. Students should find out about costs for the entire program – and what happens to financial aid if studies are interrupted. Susan Aldridge, PhD, president of Drexel University Online, offers advice on what to keep in mind when exploring your financial options.
#ABetterU: Meet Drexel University Online Student Ricardo TorresDecember 12, 2014To the outsider it may seem like Ricardo Torres is living a double life. By day, he works as a high-powered business consultant for some of the country’s largest corporations. By night, Torres is busy as an ardent advocate and committed volunteer in the Philadelphia arts and non-profit scene. Torres attributes much of his success in the arts sector to pursuing a master’s degree in Arts Administration from Drexel University.
Quality: The Real Benchmark of Value in Technology-enhanced Learning (Part 2)December 4, 2014Authentic learning has always been a critical component of professional studies in such fields as healthcare and education, law and engineering — where internships and practicums are routine academic requirements. And with interactive technologies such as virtual reality and videoconferencing, we’re now able to reinforce, and in some cases reproduce, these site-based learning experiences by creating high-quality, digital teaching tools that can be incorporated into any learning environment.
#ABetterU: Meet Drexel University Online Graduate Sterling Crescimanno [video]December 4, 2014 - Drexel Online YouTubeSterling Crescimanno is a professional skier who competes all over the world! While pursuing his passion, Crescimanno earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration online at Drexel. Get an inside look into how he balanced his career aspirations and online degree program, while traveling across the globe.
Drexel University Faculty & Staff Honored for Their Contributions to Online LearningNovember 13, 2014Nominated by the deans of each college, this year’s Drexel University Online National Distance Learning Week ceremony celebrated 21 Drexel University faculty and staff members for their contributions to online learning. The theme for the night was best summarized by Shawn Brown, a 2008 graduate of the online Master’s in Higher Education program, who emphasized “there are thousands of online students at Drexel who develop a close connection.”