Excellent Faculty for a Management Degree Online: Kristina Thrall Student Profile

While it’s true that an online education puts you in the driver’s seat, a dependable staff makes it much easier for students to earn a management degree.

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Kristi enjoying a day at the coast with her daughter.

Kristi Thrall had always heard great things about Linfield College, but what really convinced her of its exceptionality was meeting her advisor. As a student pursuing an online management degree, Kristi has been impressed throughout the process by interactions she has had with the helpful and informative staff. With the unique challenges of an online program, it is especially important for faculty and staff to be available when students reach out for help.

“My interaction with all the staff, via email or phone calls, has always been pleasant and helpful,” said Kristi. “All staff is attentive and eager to assist with any problem. Even the professors are attentive and always there to aid in my learning.”

When asked about her favorite course so far in the program, Kristi described Intro to Visual Culture. The in-depth analysis of movies dating back to the 60s gave her a whole new appreciation for meanings and thematic developments in film. A quality instructor can guide students to new levels of understanding and appreciation whether the subject at hand is cinematic history or management techniques. Since the program is 100 percent online, students are the directors of their own education, at least when it comes to studying and completing the assigned coursework. As Kristi said, “If you are a self-motivator, self-starter, and enjoy working at your own pace, this is definitely the direction for you.”

Linfield College’s online management degree is designed to be convenient for all students, whatever their schedules or obligations. To keep things running smoothly, all students have access to technical support and a personal faculty advisor, but the convenience of the students is also taken into consideration with the curriculum itself.

“Despite the complex material in the classes, I have surprised myself with how well I have done in each of my classes,” Kristi said. “Better than I was doing prior at a community college.”

However busy you may be, Linfield College tries to make accredited degree programs accessible. The whole online management degree program is designed to empower students like Kristina Thrall, but it’s ultimately the faculty that makes the biggest impression.

“The staff in these courses knows that you are taking online classes for a reason and they adapt the curriculum accordingly,” Kristina said. “The flexibility allows single parents, working people, or people with disabilities to study from the comfort of their own home. It’s amazing.”

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Linfield once again ranked as a top online program

Linfield’s accredited online college is ranked in the top 100 for the second year in a row as one of the “Best Online Bachelor’s Programs” in America. Linfield stayed at 63rd in recent rankings released by U.S. News and World Report, up from a ranking of 136th just three years ago.

Linfield received its highest marks for Student Engagement, where it ranked 48h and Student Services and Technology, where it was ranked 54th, and. It is the highest ranked online college program among private, liberal arts colleges in Oregon. Linfield’s Online and Continuing Education program shares the 63rd spot with Eastern Oregon online and is second only to Oregon State University among all Oregon colleges.

“People looking to enhance their career by earning their degree are increasingly recognizing the value of a degree from Linfield College,” said Laura Brener, director of online and continuing education at Linfield. “Our emphasis on a personalized education that works with students to meet their goals is reflected in these ratings.”

Linfield College has been involved in online education since the late 1990s. The relationship it shares with the residential campus strengthens the opportunities for online students.

Students interested in starting this spring are encouraged to apply by February 5, 2016. Please call the Office of Admission at 503-883-2346 for more details.

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Linfield College Online and Continuing Education Earns High Rankings

Pioneer SummerThe Linfield College Online and Continuing Education program was named one of the Best Online Colleges in Oregon for 2015-2016 by Affordable Colleges Online. Linfield, which offers accredited online programs, earned the eighth-highest rating in the state of Oregon for its continued commitment to quality online student learning for over 10 years.

Linfield earned a score of 86.90 out of 100, and the ranking cited several qualities that helped earn these high marks. Compared to the national average, Linfield has a higher completion rate for online undergraduate degree programs. The accredited online programs offer access to personal faculty advisors and provide career services and financial aid. The staff assists students through all steps of the online college process, from application to graduation.

“Working and nontraditional students are increasingly recognizing the benefits of an online education,” said Laura Brener, director of Linfield College Online and Continuing Education. “We offer 100 percent online programs, so we are experienced in online instruction and mentoring. We are passionate about personally working with every student to equip them for the working world by providing a top-tier education.”

Linfield College Online and Continuing Education, formerly the Adult Degree Program, began in 1975, serving adults wanting to complete their college degrees. It has offered online accredited degrees and certificates since the 1990s. Since then it has continued to climb in ratings at both the state and national levels. It is the fourth highest ranked online college program among private, liberal arts colleges in Oregon.

Criteria for the Online Colleges in Oregon ranking for the 2015-2016 academic year included: offer a bachelor’s degree or higher, public or private non-profit school, offer at least one fully-online bachelor’s degree and offer at least one fully-online program in the state. Scoring focused on the following metrics: student-faculty ratio, the number of online bachelor’s degrees, graduation rates, the percentage of students receiving financial aid, quality of academic and career counseling services, availability of job placement for graduates, acceptance rate and loan default rate.

For academic program details, financial aid information, faculty and staff listings, academic advising, admissions information and frequently asked questions, please visit www.linfield.edu/dce. You can also contact a school representative at (503) 883-2447.

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