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Transcript

AJ:

Good morning, everybody. My name is AJ. I’m one of the enrollment advisors here at Rider University. Thank you all so much for joining us today for our live online learning experience webinar. Just as a quick heads up for everybody that’s online right now, we do have a Q&A box open for this webinar. So at any point, if you have any questions, feel free to jot those in the box and we’ll address those. We’ll try to get them as we go through the presentation. But then we’ll also have a Q&A session at the end and we’ll be able to go over all of that.

AJ:

So real quick, I’d like to take a second. I already introduced myself, but I’d like to introduce the rest of our enrollment team. So you can see from left to right, there’s myself, Valeria Bernard, Paul Eeams, Kathy Rodriguez and the Noel Sepulveda. Our role as enrollment advisors here is to partner with students and really try to provide as much information as we can about our programs and ultimately help decide which program is the best for students and then also to help guide you through the application process, so that’s going to be the first part of it.

AJ:

Now today I am joined by one of our student success coaches, Alicia. She’s going to be able to talk a little bit more about what the success coaches do and how they help students throughout that process.

Alicia Shuler:

Thank you, AJ. As AJ mentioned, my name is Alicia Schuler, and I am a success coach for the Masters of Business Administration Program, as well as the Masters of Accountancy so I manage the graduate business programs. Now my colleague Arick Pineda, he covers all of the undergraduate programs, and Khalia Hurst who handles all of the masters and leadership and communication programs. Now our role as success coaches, we will essentially be your primary point of contact if you have any questions or concerns throughout your time here at Rider. We will be able to help connect you with all of the resources that Rider has available to students, as well as be your primary point of contact if you have any questions in regards to general program policies, and your questions can be as specific as what course you will take next.

Alicia Shuler:

Once you get started with the program, we will meet on a one on one basis, in a welcome call. And we’ll go in more detail to just learn a little bit more about you as well as go over some program information. Some of the programs, so the graduate business programs, they do have a live meet and greet which typically takes place prior to your first semester starting, and it usually consists of myself, the graduate coordinator, as well as some of the program directors. I know that the MAOL program also has something that’s very similar, but those are the two programs that currently have meet and greets going.

Alicia Shuler:

So I’m going to pass it back over to Noel and he’s going to go over some more information regarding the programs.

AJ:

Awesome, awesome. Thank you so much, Alicia. So yeah, so kind of just diving into it. When we look at the online programs that we offer, we do have a variety of programs spanning both graduate and undergraduate in all kinds of areas from business to communications, health, psychology, leadership. So all these programs we’re able to help again, provide information on these programs, and then help get the application in for those there.

AJ:

Now when we look at the actual overview of what our online programs look like, we do use Learning Management Platform, Canvas, some of you may be familiar with those. If you’re looking for your graduate degrees, you may have used Canvas in your undergrad. Typically, students are encouraged to log in, two to three times a week, really just to make sure that you’re staying on top your coursework, you’re not letting anything get passed and falling behind. As far as the time commitment goes, you’re looking at about 15 to 20 hours per week. They should be dedicated to your coursework.

AJ:

Now, as of right now, none of our programs have an in person requirement, meaning it is 100% online. So while all of our resources are available to you, you don’t necessarily have to be on campus. And the athletic leadership program does have an internship requirement. So if you have any questions about that, feel free to let me know in the Q&A box, otherwise, that’s something that you can speak a little bit more in depth with one of our advisors as well.

AJ:

We do use DegreeWorks. So for the MBA, the Masters of Accountancy, the organizational leadership, students can actually go in and look at what requirements they have for their program. And it’ll show you okay, how many classes have I taken, which ones do I need to take next and basically just a step by step guide to get you to graduation.

AJ:

And then last but not least, as an overview, you’re also going to use MYRider, which is going to be your student portal. That’s where you’re going to be able to access things like your holds, that’s where you’ll access to DegreeWorks itself. That’s where you register for your courses. Any big updates, anything that’s going to be happening here at the university, everything is going to be done through MYRider. So that’s really where you want to be checking just as much as when you’re logging into Canvas as well.

AJ:

So I’ll go ahead and pass it back to Alicia and she’ll go a little bit more into the coursework on what you can expect in the program.

Alicia Shuler:

Perfect, thank you, AJ. Okay, so for the online coursework, as AJ mentioned, the programs they are 100% online. I know we had a question that came in asking about prerequisite courses or foundational coursework that may be needed, any foundation coursework, those classes will also be online and they will be offered at the same accelerated pace. So you’re looking at six weeks semesters on the summer or seven week terms for spring and fall.

Alicia Shuler:

So in any of the courses that you take online, there is a possibility that you will have to do a group project. As far as the group projects, those can consist of presentations, papers, or case studies. Keep in mind that with group projects in a distance learning setting, one of the key factors for success is just going to be to make sure that you’re communicating well with your group members, and that you guys are organized. And that’s why communication is key. So once you get started in the program, we’ll make sure that we send you some resources as well on how to do successful group projects. But on a regular basis, you have your typical coursework in homework. The typical coursework will consist of weekly readings, you may have some homework assignments. And you’ll also have discussion post. Some of the programs have exams, some of the courses actually have papers or presentations that you’ll have to do. But all of that information will be available to you on the course syllabus so that you can plan accordingly and make sure that you are prepared for the due date.

Alicia Shuler:

As far as the coursework, you may have some case studies. Some of the courses especially in the communications courses and leadership courses, you’ll find a lot of presentations as well, that you’ll have to do. You’ll have like I said, the discussion posts, you may read articles, and then you’ll have the textbook readings. Your assignments are typically due. By mid week you’ll have a discussion. And then if you have a homework assignment, it’ll be due at the end of the week.

Alicia Shuler:

For the discussion post you usually have to post your initial discussion. And then later on in the week, you’ll also have to respond to a classmate or to classmates posts.

Alicia Shuler:

Now, the textbooks, we do have textbooks available for rent or to purchase through our bookstore. And we’ll send information on that as well in the future. Most of the software that is used in the program is the Microsoft Office Suite, which is almost like a given. For anyone that’s going into a form of like dana- … excuse me data analytics, we do use an IDS software and then there is also specialized tax software for students that are going into the Masters of Accountancy program.

Alicia Shuler:

Now for the MAAL courses, those are module based, and then for the M- excuse me, the Masters of Health Communications course or program, I should say that one consists of discussion posts and final papers.

Alicia Shuler:

Now, for the exam, the exams are not proctored at the moment, but this could change. Just keep in mind that the university does use the anti plagiarism software which is turnitin.com to ensure that the academic integrity is being adhered to. Now for the MAOL, the MABC, which is business communications, health communications and the masters of athletic leadership, there is no exam. Those are the programs that will have either papers or presentations that you will do at the end of the course.

Alicia Shuler:

Now, as far as your communication, you can always connect with your professors through email, and all instructors will have office hours. Now those office hours it could consist of them providing a conference line where you could call in and ask questions or they may open up a Zoom meeting where you can come in and meet with the instructor.

Alicia Shuler:

Now for the MBA and the masters of Accountancy program as well as MAOL, like I said before, those programs do have a virtual meet and greet for the students prior to the start of their first semester. And those are conducted through Zoom. All of the programs that do have a virtual meet and greet, they do ask that if you have a webcam, that you make sure that you turn it on because it is intended to be kind of interactive. Now, as far as your classmates, you can connect with your classmates through Canvas, when you have group projects or other group presentations that you’ll be working on. But you do want to make sure that you adhere to the academic code of integrity. And what this means is that sometimes you can connect with your classmates.

Alicia Shuler:

And if you’re connecting with someone on, like, say you’re friends with someone in the program, if you’re connecting with them and you’re in the same class, and you start talking about your discussion post with them or what your intentions are for your discussion post. You guys may accidentally or unintentionally make posts that seems similar even though it’s not the same, it may seem similar. So there are forms of unintentional academic dishonesty that can take place. So you just want to be mindful with how you communicate with your classmates. But we don’t discourage that you communicate with your classmates.

Alicia Shuler:

Now as far as your success coach, which would be myself Arick and Khalia, we will connect with you all once a semester or as needed via phone or email. We do have links to our calendar so that you can schedule appointments in real time if anything should come up or if you have any questions throughout your semester.

Alicia Shuler:

Now, some of the benefits of online learning, you’re able to have a comfortable learning environment. Meaning that you’re able to access your classes from home, hopefully your home is comfortable. But if not, you can go to a library or some people do their schoolwork at work if they have downtime. So you have that flexibility. You’re also able to do your homework and do your schoolwork in your pajamas. If you want to work on it at 3 AM, you can do it at three. Now you also have a better ability to concentrate because there’s a lot less distractions compared to what you would experience in a classroom setting. Now all of the lectures are recorded. So some students do find that they may perform a little better in a distance learning setting because you can listen to your lectures over and over again if you need to, to make sure that you have a good understanding of what’s needed and ensures that you don’t miss anything.

Alicia Shuler:

Now as far as the networking opportunities, all of the resources that are available to our campus students are also available to our online students. If you need to go to campus for anything, you definitely have that ability. Now for the networking opportunities, Rider does have a Rider Connect, which is like a networking site, you can sign in through LinkedIn. And you’ll have the ability to connect with professionals across the nation. You have your dedicated academic support team, which would consist of your success coach who will stay in contact with you from the start to the completion of your program.

Alicia Shuler:

Now with taking courses online, you do save some money because you don’t have to commute. You don’t have to pay parking fees and there’s no childcare or public transportation costs. And online education it is … I would say that it definitely improves students virtual communication collaboration skills, because you’re able to incorporate a little bit more critical thinking and leadership and that is something that can translate directly into either your current role or maybe a position that you wish to have in the future.

Alicia Shuler:

So some tips for succeeding in a distance learning setting; you want to make sure that you practice time management, you have to be mindful of the due dates that’s on your syllabus, and make sure that you prioritize to complete all of your assignments. You want to keep in mind that the university is located in the East Coast. Therefore, we do have some students that come in from other areas. We have some students from California. If you’re not in the Eastern Standard Time Zone, you want to keep in mind that wherever you’re at, even if you’re traveling for work, all of your assignments are due in Eastern standard time. So if you’re in California, you’re going to lose a couple hours.

Alicia Shuler:

Now you want to create a weekly schedule. This will help you designate time to watch your lectures, complete your assignments, study, do your discussion boards. And also if you need tutoring, you can also schedule your time for tutoring and have that built into your weekly schedule. Another thing is you want to make sure that you’re checking your emails on a daily basis, because this will help ensure that you don’t miss anything. You can leverage your network, which means that you want to take time to connect with your classmates and try to engage with them. You guys may find that you’re taking some of the same courses, some of you may not. But sometimes it’s good to have someone that you may be able to reach out to. And not only that, maybe for professional purposes as well. There maybe someone in a course that can also help you grow professionally.

Alicia Shuler:

Now, you want to make sure that you set up a dedicated learning environment, which means that in your home, if you have to create space where you have a desk set up so that you can make sure that you have all of your materials for classes organized. And it may be wise to keep a calendar there or also have a board or something where you can print out your schedule, so that you can make sure that you’re following it.

Alicia Shuler:

Another tip for success would be to make sure that you understand what your learning style is. Some students are able to listen and learn. And some students do need to visually see the professor speaking, or it’s a combination of both. The reason that the learning style is so important is because you want to make sure that you’re working efficiently. In a distance learning setting you have to be self motivated. And in order for you to be motivated I think it’s important to not get overwhelmed. Now if you find yourself in any challenges, most of the programs have courses or I should say most of the courses that are offered in the online program, we have some form of tutoring that could be available to you all. And this is something that is free of charge. You don’t have to go to the campus for tutoring, it is available in a distance learning setting. And then we also have a writing studio just in case you find yourself struggling with any writing assignments.

Alicia Shuler:

Now, as far as some students that may need additional assistance, we do offer accommodations. Some students don’t think that they’re kind of granted the same opportunities that you have in a campus setting in a distance learning setting. And that is 100% false. The accommodations team, so I myself I struggle with test anxiety. When I went through college, I did take some classes online, most of my classes I didn’t need additional resources for. But in some of those courses where it was a timed test, I had a course where I had 10 questions and 10 to 13 minutes to take the test. That time made me extremely nervous and extremely anxious. And so I found myself struggling to just understand what the question was asking. I requested accommodations. I went to my doctor, got the proper documentation, brought it back to the school. And then my anxiety was taken into consideration with my test time, so they increased my test time so that I could be successful in a distance learning setting.

Alicia Shuler:

So there are those types of resources that are available for our distance learning students as well. And I’m going to pass it back over to AJ and he’s going to go over some of those resources as well.

AJ:

Awesome, thank you so much for that, Alicia. So going into some of the resources. Like Alicia was saying before, as an online student, you still have access to all the resources that we offer. So whether that be the Academic Success Center, our tutoring lab with TutorTrac, a Writing Studio, all those accommodations that she was talking about. But also things like the library, your career development services, I believe we had a question previously; If the online students have access to the same career services on campus, the answer is yes. So obviously, if you can’t be on campus, it’s not a problem, you’re still able to interact electronically, at least with those offices and take advantage of those services, career office advisors, or networking with Rider Connect, and then students also have access to things like our code of academic integrity like Alicia was talking about before. All of our undergraduate and graduate academic policies, you have access to all of these things online.

AJ:

So, being an online Rider student is no different than being an on campus Rider student. Again, you still have access to all the same resources that all of our students do. So, at this time, I’d like to open this up to some of the Q and A’s that we’ve been getting throughout the presentation. If you guys have any questions, feel free to throw them into that chat now.

AJ:

I do have a couple here. Alicia I think this first one can be a good one for you to take. The question is with the prereq classes, those are all offered online, correct?

Alicia Shuler:

That is correct. So I’m going to be starting a masters of Accountancy myself in the fall and I need all of the prerequisite courses because my undergraduate is not in accounting. So all of the courses are offered online. The foundation courses, it’s the same timeframe. They are seven weeks courses in six weeks in the summer. There are some courses that are within the program. They have them offered as a seven-week course or sometimes is offered as a full term, but there are always seven-week versions of the courses as well.

AJ:

Very good, very good. And we have another question here. Are students allowed to audit online courses?

Alicia Shuler:

At the time, I do not believe that that is an option.

AJ:

Got you, got you. Let’s see here. So kind of going back to what we were talking about before with the type of coursework in regards to quizzes and exams, are they all timed? Do you know what the time allotment looks like for students?

Alicia Shuler:

That depends, it varies from instructor to instructor. If you feel that you might have a little bit more challenges, I would recommend that you just go ahead and maybe go through the link from the resources for the Academic Success Center. They give you information on like kind of like a self declaration form. So you can fill that out, figure out what is needed, just in case you feel that you’ll be put in a position where you may struggle with a little bit more anxiety, it would be wise to just have that paperwork in place up front. And then if you have a class where you don’t need it, that’s fine. But if you have a class where you need it, it’s already available. So you’re not putting yourself at an academic disadvantage.

AJ:

Got you. That’s great. Let’s see, I’ve got another question here. What are the average costs of an online masters program? So for our graduate level programs, the cost is going to be $969 per credit hour. Now, those costs don’t include books and university fees. Now, the overall cost of the program will differ based on which program you go into, just because they will differ in the amount of credit hours. So it really depends on which program you apply to. And that would be something that you’d want to work with one of our employment advisors with, and they’d be able to give you a little bit more insight on a specific program.

AJ:

All right, let’s see. See, I’ve got one here, where can I find a list of courses that are available in any prerequisites, specifically with the athletic leadership and sports psych program, again, that would definitely be a conversation you’d want to have with an enrollment advisor. What we can do is be more than happy to have a conversation with all the program requirements as far as curriculum. And then we can also make sure that you know where to find those, so that way you can go over that information as well. So we’ll have some contact information at the end. So if you’re interested in the Athletic Leadership Program, definitely reach out to one of our enrollment advisors and we’d be able to get into more detail, as far as what kind of prerequisites are required for specific programs, what the curriculum looks like for any specific programs. And then with the athletic leadership, the internship requirement as well.

AJ:

Let’s see. And then I have another question here. Does work experience help out towards credit or towards the bachelor’s program? Alicia, do you have any insight on having work experience help with that?

Alicia Shuler:

I actually do not have any information on the undergraduate programs. So AJ?

AJ:

Okay. So, what we can do is … I’d definitely be more than happy. I know that we have some programs that are in place. So we again, I know that’s kind of repeating myself about these are very detailed questions that our enrollment advisors can help research. We do offer some situations where some of that work experience can be put towards credit, but that’s on a very case by case basis. As far as I’m aware, I’m not sure what the technicalities go into that, that actually has a lot to do with our registrar’s office, and turning that work experience into credit. As far I have a question here, do you accept international students? Yes, we do. So students who are applying from international programs, so whether you’re looking for one of our undergrad programs or graduate level programs, absolutely. The only thing that we would need, besides all of the application materials with your transcripts have to be evaluated here in the US.

AJ:

So if you earned your undergrad For degree abroad, or if you started in undergraduate program abroad, you would just have to have those evaluated here in the US and then we would be able to move forward with the application.

AJ:

All right. So I have a question here, specifically about the accounting program. Is it advisable to only take six credits per semester for the Masters of Accountancy?

Alicia Shuler:

Absolutely, if you’re working full time, you don’t want to take much more. What you will find is that you may have some semesters where it’s an area that you’re a bit stronger in or something that you’re doing on a daily basis. If it’s something along those lines, you may want to try to petition that you’re able to take an additional course, but just keep in mind that the time commitment is about 15 to 20 hours per week. And you’d be looking at anywhere from 30 to 40 hours per week in regards to a commitment to classwork.

AJ:

Perfect, perfect. We have a question here about payment plans. Do we offer any payment plans? The answer is yes. So students, anything that you have to come out of pocket, we are able to set up monthly payment plans over the course of a semester. Or over the course of a year. Once you’ve been admitted into a program and you’ve registered for classes. What you want to make sure that you do is that you contact the bursar’s office. And just make sure that if you need to set up those payment plans that you do so before the payment deadline, make sure that you’ve applied for financial aid. Financial aid is going to be available for students who apply and qualify through the FAFSA application. So definitely make sure that you’re doing that, but just make sure that you’re in constant communication with your enrollment advisor, your Student Success Coach in the bursar’s office when it comes to payments, so that way we make sure that we don’t miss anything there.

AJ:

I have another question of, are you able to apply to undergraduate programs, even with any learning difficulties or challenges? And I would say yes, absolutely. Alicia, I know has covered a lot about that today. Absolutely. We’re really looking to help set our students up for success. So absolutely, we have programs in place to help students that have any of those learning difficulties or challenges and helping them overcome that.

AJ:

Let’s see. What other questions do we have here? So what makes the master’s programs here at Rider unique or different from maybe some similar programs at another school? Alicia, I do get that question a lot. How would you say that our MBA program differs from some other maybe some of the MBA and accounting programs that are out there?

Alicia Shuler:

So as far as the accreditation, especially for the masters of accountancy program, our graduate business programs, they hold an accreditation that only 2% of universities have, that are offered in a distance learning setting. So our program does meet the qualifications for you to sit for your CPA through the distance learning version of the program as well. One thing about Rider programs because I had the opportunity to look into other schools as well. I have a sister who’s going to school currently at NOVA, and she’s taking some courses that she’s struggling with and she pretty much has a tutor on payroll because she needs assistance in some of her courses. And the thing about it with Rider is that we have a very robust tutoring program and that is a service that is free of charge to our students as well, so it also helps save money in the long run.

AJ:

Awesome, awesome. All right, let me check the chat here to see if we have any other questions. So this one has to do with transfer credits. So how many transfer credits do you accept for undergraduate programs? For the most part, students are able to transfer up to a maximum of 90 credit hours if you are transferring from another undergraduate program. Now just keep in mind, the acceptance of any transfer credits is going to be at the discretion of our registrar’s office. So as a part of your application process, what we’ll do is we’ll get the transcripts from any and all institutions that you’ve attended previously, and we’ll be able to evaluate those and see which credits we’ll be able to transfer over excuse me, and which ones may not. And then you’ll be able to work with your enrollment advisor through that figuring out okay, which courses have come over, what am I getting credit for, and what do you have next to do.

AJ:

So for undergraduate programs, we are able to actually do that before your application is completed, if you want to take a look and see which program might be right for you as far as being able to get those transfer credits applied. So, that would definitely be a great conversation to have with one of our advisors.

AJ:

Let’s see what else we have here. So-

Alicia Shuler:

AJ there was a question. AJ?

AJ:

Yes.

Alicia Shuler:

Okay, so there was a question. I’m not sure if you’ve covered it, but they wanted to know the tuition for the undergraduate program.

AJ:

Yes, I just answered that in the chat, but more happy to go over that. So the tuition cost for the undergraduate programs is going to be $510 per credit hour. And now again, that does not include your textbooks and university fees. That similar to the graduate program is going to be different based on the program that you apply to as far as total cost. Because that will differ on how many transfer credits you’re able to transfer in. So, that’s going to be a much wider range. And again, for more specific, you’ll want to work with an enrollment advisor to get your transcripts evaluated and see how many credits you would have left. But that base price or the $510 per credit hour would be for the undergraduate, and then again, the 969 for the graduate level programs.

AJ:

I have a question here. Alicia, could you please explain more about the role of success coach throughout the semester?

Alicia Shuler:

Sure. So as a success coach, we’ll work with you from the beginning of the program. So we’re going to touch base with you probably a little bit more frequently during the first semester. We’re going to touch base with you to see how things are going with your classes. Also, we want to get course feedback, see, what your take is on the course, also help assist other students that will take that course in the future. We will work with you in regards to your degree planning. If you have any questions, literally, your success coach is pretty much like your one stop. So the only thing that we don’t really go in detail with is the finances. So you have to contact financial aid. But if you have any questions, most students don’t know who to contact and so they’ll reach out to their success coach. And if it’s something that we can assist with, then we’ll definitely make sure that we help point you in the right direction. And we’re just here as a resource and to help connect you with the resources that the university has available.

AJ:

Awesome, awesome. And now we have a question here. Can GMAT be waived for the masters of Accountancy if a student has more than five years of relevant work experience? As a part of the application appro- … excuse me process Yes, we do have an application waiver that students can use with a combination of their work experience and our undergraduate experience to see if they qualify to have that GMAT waived.

AJ:

Let’s see here. I have a question about fees for international students. Because these programs are online and can effectively be completed anywhere, the fees are going to be the same. So it’s not going to change for in state out of state or for international students. It’s going to be the one price for all the students.

AJ:

As far as … Let’s see here. We do have a couple of questions regarding military service members and veterans. We do have a veterans’ office on campus that is available to assist with any questions that you may have. So anything about getting anything type of aid, anything that you may be entitled to, either through VA benefits or active duty benefits. Absolutely. That information is readily available on our website. But if you speak with one of our enrollment advisors, and you have a couple of questions with that, they can also help connect you with our veterans office as well.

AJ:

Alrighty, and then we have another question regarding transfer credits in master’s programs. Do we accept transfer credits from masters programs? The short answer is, we do. However, students are able to transfer up to a maximum of six credit hours into the program and again, the acceptance of those credits is going to be at the discretion of the registrar’s office. Specifically with our MBA and our accounting programs. Those credits have to come from an AACSB accredited program.

AJ:

Okay, let’s see here. Okay, so let’s see, we have another question here about coursework, our discussion board is the only thing that are required as far as homework. What other types of work can students expect in the program? Alicia, I know you talked about that a little bit before, but maybe we could go a little further into that.

Alicia Shuler:

Okay, so, discussion posts, they usually count more as like a form of participation. So when you would go to class and just get points for just showing up. That’s kind of the place of the discussion posts because you have to make a post and then you have to also communicate with other classmates. So that’s more for participation. Your homework is going to vary based on the course. You may have a homework assignment that consists of you reading and writing a paper about something and with programs like the masters of accountancy, for instance, with that type of program, there’s different software that you’ll be using. You might be doing a case study, you might be having scenario based questions that you’ll have to answer. So it really just depends. If you’re in a medical program, then your homework requirements are probably going to be different than someone that’s in a business based program or leadership or communications based program. So it’s just based on the content of that course. But usually discussion posts, those are about a given an all online courses.

AJ:

Awesome. Awesome. So we do have a question here are most classes offered in both fall and spring? Or is there a recommended time to start the program, health communications in particular? To that, I would say we do offer six potential starting points for students who are looking to start a degree program. So I wouldn’t say that there’s anyone particular admissions point that is going to be better than others. Every semester we’ll have a variety of classes that are offered, and then you’ll be able to choose from those classes that are available to register for. Alicia, as far as with the MBA in the accounting programs, would you say that that’s pretty much the same?

Alicia Shuler:

Yeah, it’s pretty consistent across the board. The only thing that would give you maybe a recommended timeframe is if you are using financial aid. If you’re using financial aid, you do need to be registered for at least six credit hours, and especially on the master’s level programs, we don’t recommend that you take too courses in a single session. So therefore, if you’re planning on using federal aid, you would want to start in an A term.

AJ:

Got you. Got you. These have been really great questions. I’ll open it up. See if we have any last minute questions that come in.

Alicia Shuler:

There was a question on acceptance rate on students with learning disabilities. And that’s not something that’s taken into consideration because on your application, you’re not disclosing whether or not you have a learning disability. So, that’s not something that students are discriminated on against. If you get accepted in the program, you’re getting accepted in the program, because you meet the qualifications.

Alicia Shuler:

In order to get into the program, if you’re not, you’re not being accepted because you have a learning disability. Once you get in the program, it is important that if you do have any type of educational challenges or anything that might hinder you from being successful in a distance learning setting, it is important to seek the proper resource for that. We’re not requiring that you disclose it to your success coach, but if it is something that you want to speak with your success coach about so that, when you’re meeting with them once a semester or maybe more than once a semester, so that you guys can maybe talk about it and they can try to help walk you through or help connect you with more resources, then that is fine. But it’s either you’re going to be accepted because you meet the program requirements. And if you’re not accepted, then it’s just because you don’t meet those requirements. But if you are accepted, please seek the resources early on.

Alicia Shuler:

And if you’re needing resources, I would definitely recommend that you go ahead and get your application process started sooner, because it does take a couple weeks to get everything put in place for you to be able to have those accommodations in place for you to start your first class.

AJ:

So.

Alicia Shuler:

And there was also another question that came in.

AJ:

Looks like a good number of coursework that a student could take if they had any of those challenges.

Alicia Shuler:

A good number of coursework.

AJ:

I guess it’s credit hours per semester.

Alicia Shuler:

Yeah. So the requirements for the courses are not going to change whether you have a disability or not. You’ll have the same work that your classmates will have. It’s just that you may have accommodations where like I said, maybe extended test time or based on your situation there may be other accommodations. I in the past have taken advantage of the additional test time. I know that’s the only thing that I can speak on. But if you have challenges, a distance learning setting, I’m not going to necessarily say that it does make it harder, because you can still go and meet with your instructor through office hours. You can still take advantage of tutoring. And then you can still utilize those resources to make the course a little bit more accommodating for you. But I would not recommend taking more than one class in a seven week term.

Alicia Shuler:

Every semester; so for the fall semester, there is a fall one and a fall two. Fall one take one class, fall two, take one class, so that you’re not overwhelming yourself because you’re completing what would be stretched out over 14 weeks in seven weeks. So it’s already pretty dense. So it would be similar to taking two full term courses in that one, seven-week period. So just take one class at a time.

Alicia Shuler:

And if there’s an issue with the courses or if you need a course that’s one and a half credit hours, that would be something that we should probably discuss on a case by case basis once we see what your schedule actually looks like.

AJ:

Awesome, lots of great questions. Thank you so much, everybody, for giving us all these great questions and for all this active participation. Again, I’ll open it up one last time, see if we have any last minute questions that pop in.

AJ:

All right, so with that being said, thank you so much, everybody.

Alicia Shuler:

Oops, there is a question.

AJ:

Do you got more news?

Alicia Shuler:

AJ, a question just came in.

Alicia Shuler:

Yes.

Alicia Shuler:

Yes, you would pay full price again. So I would just recommend. Honestly, we have a ton of resources in place, the key to not failing a course would really be early intervention. And that is something that you want to take advantage of tutoring for. Anyone that’s in the MBA and Masters of Accountancy program, I send that information out at the beginning of this semester, so that everyone knows that this is a resource, you may not need it in one class, but you don’t want to forget that it exists. And that’s another reason why this success coach is so important. Because if we talk to you, and you mention, hey, I’m having a little bit of a harder time with this course, we can then turn back around and re recommend some of the resources that are in place to help you get back on track. Let’s see, it says what are the six starting points, AJ? That’s for you.

AJ:

Yes. So the six potential starting points that we have. So like Alicia was saying, each semester is going to have an A and a B session. So we do have Spring, Summer and Fall semesters, each with an A and B session. So those are typically going to be in starting in January, March, May, July, August and October, typically around those areas. So, if you miss the application for one semester, it’s not like you have to wait three months for the next one to come in. We’re probably taking applications for the next one that’s coming up in about six or seven weeks. So those are going to be the starting points that we have for all of our programs.

AJ:

And it looks like we have a question regarding coaches. Do coaches or advisors help prospective students who are unsure of their direction? As far as enrollment advisors. Yes, what we do is we dedicate ourselves to you as a student, try to answer as many questions as we can about our programs and the university on seeing if it’s the right fit and really helping to figure out if anything programs are the right direction. Alicia, as far as on the success code side, would you be able to talk a little about that?

Alicia Shuler:

Yeah, so we do help students in regards to their direction. Now, what I find most of the time is that students are picking the program that they want with my courses because I have accounting and then I have the MBA. Usually, if a student chooses accounting we have different concentration areas as well. So I spend a little bit more time regarding the concentration once they get to me, but if you are thinking about even changing your career path, or maybe going into a different program, we can also assist. I have more information on MBA, and the Masters of Accountancy. So if it’s not one of my programs, I can connect with someone or help connect you to someone who can also help further point you in the right direction.

AJ:

Awesome. Awesome. Again, thank you so much for everybody being so engaged, it’s been a lot of fun. Alicia, thank you so much for taking time to talk to us today about the online learning experience. To everyone in attendance today- I want to let you know that we are currently accepting applications for the upcoming fall semester. So if you have any additional questions, or you’re ready to get the process started, give us a call, our number is 877-856-5140. Or you can email us at admissions@online.rider.edu. Or you can schedule an appointment on our Live vCita calendar page. Thank you so much, everybody for joining us. And again, if you have any other questions, please feel free to reach out, we’re more than happy to work with all of you. Thank you.