Online Degree Programs at Northern Arizona University

Online Degrees: Is It Right For Me?

“I don’t earn enough money”.  “I wish I had more career options”.  “Going back to school is impossible – I just don’t have the time”.  Sound familiar?  Turns out you’re in the majority.  About 80% of today’s college students look just like you:  25+ with a job, financial challenges, a family, and a desire to earn more.  Good news is… distance and online education options are more available – and more important – than ever.  In 2013, Northern Arizona University became the very first public university to offer Competency Based Online Degree Programs.  The competency-based model is ideal for non-traditional students like you.  Students who have some credits but no degree.  Students who learn quicker and don’t want to be kept behind by other students whose learning pace is slower.  It’s Personalized Learning – you choose what you want to learn, when you want to learn it, at the pace that works for you and your busy life.  Best of all, with the Competency-Based Program, you can even learn all you want in 6 months


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Online Degrees – Right for You?

No time to get your degree? Too busy with kids and family? Think again with this on-line option that fits your lifestyle.

With increasing options of where, when and how to earn a degree, why not consider online?

Now before you think, “online, is that as good as traditional?” Here are some common misconceptions, debunked:

  • Online education is easier than traditional classroom learning — Online classes offered by accredited institutions hold the same rigorous standards as in-class courses.
  • I won’t get individual attention from my instructor — Online class instructors participate in online discussions and give feedback on assignments
  • I won’t get to know my classmates — Students in online classes get to know each other in online discussions and social work on group projects.
  • Online degrees don’t carry the respect of traditional degrees — Since the curriculum for the online class is the same for the in-class experience, the only difference is the delivery method.
  • Instructors that teach online are not as qualified — Your instructor will have at least a master’s degree and several years of work experience in the field.
  • I won’t have access to help when I need it — Online students have access to individual feedback from the instructor, academic counselor guidance, online tutoring services, online library services, and more

So now you have the facts, and now it’s time to decide if Northern Arizona University Extended Campuses are right for you!

  • An early pioneer in distance education, NAU began offering online degrees during the “dial-up” days and now supports more than 7,500 students earning their degree from a distance, with nearly 4,500 students enrolled in 100% online programs.
  • NAU offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs that can be earned entirely online.
  • Flexible financing approaches are available, including federal financial aid.
  • NAU was the first public university to offer competency-based online degrees, accessible through our Personalized Learning program (nau.edu/personalized).

Make sure to tune in to The Balancing Act on Tuesday, December 16 or December 23, 2014 at 7:30 am (ET/PT) on the Lifetime Channel to hear about personalized learning, when you want to learn it, and the pace that works for you.

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Music & Arts Center, Inc., Northern Arizona University with Host Julie Moran Take Center Stage on December 16 Show Airing on Lifetime

(POMPANO BEACH, Fla. – PR LOG December 15, 2014) Award-winning morning show The Balancing Act® welcomes Music & Arts Center, Inc., and Northern Arizona University to the show airing on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 7:30 a.m. (ET/PT) on Lifetime®. Tune in as The Balancing Act hosts and their guests help jump start the day with lively conversation and trusted information to empower a women’s life. This show will re-air on Tuesday, December 23, at 7:30 a.m.

Don’t miss these featured segments on The Balancing Act:

o Giving the Gift of Music – with Music and Arts Center

Music is a very powerful force in the lives of children and adults. It can remind you of someone, or transport you to a time and place far or near. With music and arts programs disappearing from schools, it can be all the more important to bring music into your children’s lives on your own. Many children enjoy learning how to play a musical instrument, and for many, playing music together can become an important family tradition. Join us as we welcome Ann Ittoop from Music and Arts as we explore the many ways to make sure our children benefit from a lifetime of music. http://www.musicarts.com

“Getting the chance to talk about the benefits of music, especially for younger musicians is great,” said Ann Ittoop, PR Manager for Music & Arts. “This is an opportunity to share how we are an all-in-one musical resource for those who might find getting started with music to be overwhelming.”

o Best Options for Online Education – with the Extended Campuses of Northern Arizona University
The vast majority of people going back to school are working adults, and the good news is… distance and online education options are more available – and more important – than ever. In 2013, Northern Arizona University became the very first public university to offer Competency Based Online Degree Programs. The competency-based model is ideal for non-traditional students like you. Students who have some credits but no degree. Students who learn quicker and don’t want to be kept behind by other students whose learning pace is slower. It’s Personalized Learning – you choose what you want to learn, when you want to learn it, at the pace that works for you and your busy life. Best of all, with the Competency-Based Program, you can even learn all you want in 6 months. http://ec.nau.edu/ or http://www.nau.edu/extended

“Northern Arizona University has been a leader in distance education for decades, with a strong commitment to both traditional and non-traditional students. We are pleased to partner with the Balancing Act to discuss the critical factors one should consider in selecting a high-quality online degree provider,” said Cori Gordon from NAU.

o Meet Jamie Eason, New Co-Host of Mission Makeover

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