Beginning in January 2013, Friends University will offer its Human Resource Management (HRM) program through the convenience of online technology – a medium that fits well with the program’s mission and goals, said Kathy Slemp, HRM program director.
“One of our university outcomes is to prepare students to use computers and understand developing technology in a contemporary society,” Slemp said. “Offering the HRM program online will enhance our opportunity to do just that. Part of human resources is training and development. By taking course work online, these students will have hands-on experience with computer-based learning.”
Students often choose to enroll in an online program due to convenience and flexibility.
“Any student who has access to the internet can take this program. Online learning is compatible with most students’ learning styles and can be a convenient way for our adult students to complete their education,” Slemp said.
For those who prefer a more traditional learning environment, the University will continue to offer its on-campus program in Wichita – as well as at other University locations within the state.
“Each approach benefits students,” Slemp said. “The content is the same. Friends University is the only university in the region whose curriculum is endorsed through the Society of Human Resource Management. It is only the delivery and the online teaching methods that differ.”
The structure of the online program offers the same high quality as the brick-and-mortar format.
“The order of the online classes mirrors the campus-based program in that each course builds on the previous course,” Slemp said. “The courses are designed using the best practices of online learning for student learning and engagement.”
Slemp noted that the program attracts students who want to learn more about human resource issues as part of their current field as well as students desiring to begin a career in human resources.