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Top questions for our Online & Extended Learning team

This blog post was created and answered by our online and extended learning team at Tiffin University. These questions are some of the most asked questions they receive on a weekly basis.

I am not looking for a large grad school. How many students start online school at TU in a semester?
Graduate enrollment was over 800, and undergraduate was 400 for the fall 2018 semester.

How long will it take me to finish?
Graduate programs can be completed in as little as one year, with a max of a year-and-a-half for full time enrollment. Completion for online undergraduate programs will be dependent on enrollment status and transfer credit. To get your eyes on the finish line: if you started online classes in January, you could be done as early as a next Christmas and as late as summer of 2020. Now that is 20/20 vision!

Speaking of when you can finish, how many of the programs can be completed within one year?
All online Master of Science in Criminal Justice programs can be completed in one year, with full time enrollment.

On average, how many finish the program?
Online undergraduate has a persistence rate of over 85% and graduate persistence is over 90%. Our hope is that our online scheduling and flexibility make it easy to adjust when you need to, and that is reflective in how many of our students stay in the program. Bill Bradley said it well when he stated “Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.”

What is the top motivator for online students?
By far the biggest motivator is an increase in pay, which tends to come with career advancement.

Other motivators are that you can get a degree as a working adult, schedule flexibility and you can complete online work from anywhere (vacation, lunch hour, after the kids go to bed.)

Is there an average increase in salary for graduate degrees?
According to Graduate Degree Holders, the answer depends on your major. According to “The Economic Value of College Majors,” a 2015 study by Georgetown University, college graduates with a bachelor’s degree earn an average annual salary of $61,000 over the course of their career, while those with a graduate degree earn $78,000 annually.

What process does TU have to make sure students have the tools to keep up?
Each student is assigned a program specific advisor to follow their progress and help them stay on track.

What role do the faculty play in helping students keep up?
Faculty work directly with students during the courses and have a working relationships with the advising staff the ensure that student concerns are always taken care of.

What role do the advisors play in students keeping up?
Student progress is monitored daily in individual classes, in semester reviews and in progress towards degree completion. If an advisor identifies a lack of progress, they will reach out to the student.