Three things you should know about Linfield’s January Term

Linfield’s short January Term can give students a lot of options.  Here are a few tips for deciding whether or not this “mini-term” is the right time to start your online program.





One of the unique characteristics of Linfield’s academic programs is our one-month January Term (also referred to as Winter Term for online students.).  This condensed term of just four weeks is nestled between Fall and Spring terms and starts right after the winter break. While it can provide a lot of flexibility and options to students when doing their academic planning, there are a few things that every student should understand about Winter Term.

You will only take one class

As we mentioned early, this term is only 4 weeks long so the course material is consolidated pretty densely to fit into this time frame. Students can expect to cover a week’s worth of material in one day’s lesson and to spend more hours reading and preparing assignments each night than they would normally for one class. For many students, this concentrated course option can be perfect if he or she really needs to focus on just this subject. This can definitely be advantageous if it is a subject area that may not be your strong suit. The option of focusing solely on that subject, with no distraction from other coursework, can often improve a student’s ability to absorb the material and perform better in the class.

It’s important to review the course listings for January Term

A quick glance at the 2016-17 Year Long Plan will reveal that there are only about 1/3 of the courses offered this term compared to the other terms. Degree programs like the RN to BSN major often offer elective courses that students can typically take at anytime through their program. Some degree and certificate programs may not be offering core or elective courses in January but may have prerequisite courses available that would be suitable for a newly enrolling student. This is one of the many reasons that it is important to talk with your advisor and discuss the courses that are offered each term throughout the year. Careful planning – and checking in with your advisor – ensures that you take advantage of opportunities like January term and how it may best fit into your academic plan.

January Term can be the best – or most challenging – time to start, depending on your program and personal preferences

While January Term can give students a lot of flexibility in their academic schedule, it can also be a difficult time for some students to start their Linfield education. The reality is that with a limited number of courses offered this term, students may not be able to find a course they need for their program in January and may have to wait until spring. Also, the accelerated pace of the coursework may be challenging if this is your first term and/or if you have not taken online classes in the past. While some students are ready to dive in with both feet and can keep pace with the coursework, some students prefer a more traditional academic term and time frame when starting their online courses.

Still not sure if this is the right term for you to start? Schedule an appointment with your admission counselor to discuss the right start term for you. Applications for the online Winter Term are being accepted through Friday, December 16. Classes start on Tuesday, January 3.







Five Key Reasons E-learning Is a Green Option

An online college degree program is a convenient, flexible option for most people. But many of them aren’t aware that e-learning benefits the environment.


Most people are familiar with most of the benefits of pursuing an online college degree program, such as convenience and flexibility. However, it’s less well-known that e-learning also has measurable eco-friendly benefits. Here’s how online learning fits into a green lifestyle.

#1 Online Learners Use Less Gas.

According to data from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Expenditure Survey, Americans use an average of 600 gallons of gas a year, at a household cost of about $2,600. Saving gas by taking online college classes instead of commuting to campus not only helps protect the household budget, it also limits use of a nonrenewable natural resource.


#2 Carbon Dioxide Emissions Are Reduced.

Research conducted by the Stockholm Environmental Institute showed that college students who take advantage of e-learning through an online college degree program produce 90 percent less carbon dioxide emissions than a student who attends traditional classes in person and travels to do so.

This is because e-learners do not need to commute to a campus, keeping more cars off the road.


#3 E-Learning Uses Fewer Natural Resources.

In addition to limiting the gas used for car commutes, e-learning uses substantially fewer natural resources than learning that takes place in a classroom setting. These savings are primarily due to the power and energy used to heat or cool a classroom. However, e-learning also reduces the need for plastic, metal, wood, building materials, and other nonrenewable resources.


#4 It Helps Save Trees.

Online learning saves paper by providing digital curriculum, assignments, textbooks, and other materials. According to the National Wildlife Foundation, paper represents more than 60 percent of the waste produced by educational institutions. Every ton of wasted paper translates into the death of 16 large trees. In addition, paper manufacturing is the third largest drain on fossil fuels among all industries.


#5 Less Printer Ink Is Used.

When assignments for an online college degree program are turned in digitally, it protects the environment by reducing the waste caused by the production and disposal of printer ink cartridges. Each year, more than 350,000 of these cartridges are added to landfills, and it’s estimated that they’ll take up to 1,000 years to fully decompose.

While participating in an online degree program has many benefits for students, including the flexible schedule and the ability to take classes from anywhere, it’s environmental impact should not be ignored. Students can reduce their carbon footprints with online learning.


To learn more about Linfield’s online learning opportunities, check out our programs page or contact the Office of Admission at 503-883-2213.


Linfield is Preparing Kimberly Rogers for Success in the Financial Field

“I feel confident that I will leave Linfield prepared for success in the financial field. I also know I have already broadened my mind and social awareness thanks to the variety of classes I have taken.”


Kimberly with her fiancé, John. Photo from Kimberly Rogers


Student Kimberly Rogers knew it was time to continue her education when she realized she could have a “more flexible and prosperous life in the finance field.” She began working with a successful self-employed CPA who was a Linfield Online Degree Program graduate. “She said her education at Linfield prepared her completely for her first accounting job.” So Kimberly turned to Linfield to earn her degree in Accounting.

Linfield Online and Continuing Education offers both a degree in Accounting and a Post-baccalaureate Certificate.  Both options can prepare students for a range of career paths, including the fields of public, private, and government accounting.  With the proper planning, students can prepare to sit for the CPA exam.

“The great reputation of Linfield’s academics made my decision clear. I could really achieve my goals with Linfield,” said Kimberly.

Like many Linfield Online students, Kimberly has found that she still feels like she is in an engaged class even through the online platform. “I actually feel like I know some of my online classmates due to the engaged online forum of Blackboard.” Kimberly is gaining a valuable education through professors that truly care about the material they present. “I will leave school feeling prepared to pursue a career in my chosen field.”

“I have been in other online classes that were not engaging. Linfield feels like a real experience in education, not just an afterthought flighty school.”

When asked what advice she would give to students who are considering an online education, Kimberly said “Linfield is worth it! The time, monetary, and personal investment will pay off, not just after a degree is attained, but immediately.”

Learn more about Linfield’s online Accounting degree and Post Baccalaureate certificate programs or call the Office of Admission at 1-800-640-2287.