Willie Broussard, the dean of Lindenwood Online, recently spoke with Fox 2 News in St. Louis about the program’s top-ranked undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
During the interview, Mr. Broussard talked about how he had evaluated the program and suggested changing the name from The Center for Distance Learning to a more succinct description—Lindenwood Online. He pointed out the program’s benefits for working adults who would like to earn an undergraduate or graduate degree in 10 in-demand programs. These advantages include:
- Depth and Breadth of Courses. Lindenwood Online is comprised of three undergraduate programs in criminal justice, business and general studies and seven graduate degree programs in educational technology, gifted education, leadership, nonprofit administration, business administration, writing and public administration. Each bachelor’s and master’s degree provides a challenging curriculum and includes the same material as a traditional, on-campus class. Additionally, the Lindenwood Online program is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
- Flexibility and Convenience. Students who live in remote locations or who have busy professional and personal schedules can earn their entire degree online. Courses can be completed when it’s convenient for the students, whether it’s on weekends, during evenings or in the middle of the night.
- Familiarity with Online Coursework. A 2014 online learning survey report from a research group found that, as of 2013, the number of students who had taken at least one online course had grown to 7.1 million. That number will continue to grow, which means that, as Lindenwood Online attracts more students, they will be able to earn a quality degree conveniently, with coursework that is taught by Lindenwood University instructors.
An Inside View of Lindenwood Online’s Format
During the broadcast, Mr. Broussard showed an example of an online course using Blackboard, the software system that Lindenwood Online utilizes. The website for the course included a class to-do list, a syllabus, a welcome and introduction from a Lindenwood University professor and software requirements. He explained that instructors can post readings and videos, lead dynamic discussions and assign homework using the features of the Lindenwood Online site.
“Students who have particular scheduling requirements such as parents and military members or veterans, as well as older students with demanding work obligations, can take this program at their own pace. That way, our online students can complete a degree while saving money on transportation or childcare costs,” said Mr. Broussard.
Mr. Broussard, who was named dean of Online Learning in May 2014, has a rich background in online education. Prior to joining Lindenwood University, he was the associate director of the Division of Distance Learning at Lamar University in Beaumont, TX.
If you’d like to learn more about earning your undergraduate or graduate degree through Lindenwood Online, contact us today at 636-373-7719. An admissions staff member would be happy to speak with you and answer your questions.