The academic excellence offered within the walls of Friends University will soon extend beyond the borders of Kansas. Beginning in March 2010, the University will offer an online-learning option for its Organizational Management and Leadership (OML) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs. The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and Master of Management Information Systems (MMIS) online programs are scheduled to start in June 2010.
“While we’ve been offering individual courses online for years, these will be our first fully online programs,” said John Yoder, vice president of Academic Affairs at Friends University. “Through these programs, geography will no longer be a barrier; students can enroll and graduate from Friends University without ever having to come onto campus.”
The University’s recent online offerings parallel its mission to offer quality, convenient educational options to adult learners.
“Friends University has always been here for the working student, and I believe that offering classes online is just another channel to make obtaining a degree a reality, not just a dream,” said Jeremy Gallegos, OML program director.
The online classes also follow a nationwide trend.
“Nationally, the growth of online programs has far outpaced the growth of face-to-face programs for some years, and we think it’s a good time for Friends to move into this arena. It’s new territory for us, and we’re eager to explore the opportunities as we move forward into this new terrain,” Yoder said.
The online programs will offer the same high-quality education as students receive in the University’s brick-and-mortar classrooms, said Jay Johnson, MBA program director.
“The Online MBA will allow us to continue to grow our diverse community of learners through new modes of delivery that are respectful of how today’s professional processes new knowledge,” Johnson said.
Dona Gibson, director of the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program, said the teaching program has always worked to offer innovative learning strategies to its students.
“The MAT program has provided teachers with the most current and applied approaches to enhancing student learning for the past 22 years,” she said. “With the online approach, teachers everywhere can access this dynamic information.”
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