UWS Helps Students Get Ahead with Their Education Online
SUPERIOR - At the University of Wisconsin Superior the push to meet the needs of today's students has them turning to the web in creative ways.
Online learning is booming at the University of Wisconsin Superior with online enrollment doubling since 2006.
"Students I would say feel even more connected with their classmates and learn more from each other than they do in a face to face classroom," said Peter Nordgren, the Associate Dean of Distance Learning at UWS.
He says the University offers six different majors and three graduates degrees, all online, all with quality results.
"Research has shown that people learn just as well this way if not better," said Christine Kline, the outreach program manager.
She says the university is focusing more and more on adapting programs to the students needs in the form of personally created majors.
"Adults have had experiences that are heavy in learning," said Kline.
Kline says advisors take a look at a person's professional experience, any past credits from other universities and then go from there.
Ultimately saving students money and time.
"You're still learning the new stuff, but we are able to use the old stuff as well," said Elaine Hyland.
Hyland says its something she knows that first hand.
She's 53 years old, a distance learning student at UWS whose had her fair share of on–the–job experience.
"I worked as a legal office manager for 11 years and I've had my own retail business," said Hyland.
Hyland is taking her college credits in business and applying them to a business, psychology and communications major self designed all thanks to the online programs at UWS.
"I've been to three different universities. The people here are very friendly, very knowledgeable and they do a great job," said Hyland.
It's a world wide approach to higher education that's connecting universities with members of society who are ready and willing to give.
UWS has added two new online degrees, one in health and wellness management, and the other in exercise science.