UWW's Karen Stevens shares knowledge about degree completion

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

UMass UWW senior lecturer and Chief Undergraduate Advisor Karen Stevens spoke about the benefits of online degree completion for a recent article in Online Business Degree. “Degree completion means the person interested in getting a degree already had some college credit,” said Stevens.  She describes UMass UWW as “a writing intensive program, and as part of the program, students have to submit portfolios in which they identify experiences and what knowledge they’ve gained as a result of those experiences.”

For people with reservations about online learning, Stevens expressed confidence that UMass UWW students receive the resources and support that they need in order to be successful.  Stressing the flexibility of online courses, Stevens says students are able to do their schoolwork at the most convenient time for them, whether that is after work or once their children are asleep.

A student’s degree through UMass UWW starts with the introductory course Frameworks of Understanding, which helps returning students transition back into school.  “I like to think of it as a warm-up class,” explained Stevens.  “You don’t want to have a situation where a student is struggling to learn how to learn online.  We want students to be successful in this program.”