Offering Online Programs To Military Personnel

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Many military personnel, active, reserve and retired pursue education with their current and potentially expanded GI benefits. This is a diverse and complicated market. Serving the military is both an opportunity and full of challenges. Learn from successful providers, how to market, understand technology challenges (like low connectivity, deployment, call to duty), and create the pedagogical environment that will work for military learners.

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Offering Online Programs To Military Personnel

  1. 1. Offering Online Programs to Military Personnel: Is it a Market for Your College? Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning October 28, 2009
  2. 2. Presenters <ul><li>Wallace E. Boston, Jr, President & CEO, American Public University System </li></ul><ul><li>Roxanne Gonzales, Associate Dean, College of Distance Learning, Park University </li></ul><ul><li>Christine Javery, Director of Military Initiatives, Southern New Hampshire University </li></ul>
  3. 3. Moderator <ul><li>Jim Sweizer, Vice President, Military Programs, American Public University System </li></ul>
  4. 4. Session Overview <ul><li>Voluntary Education Landscape </li></ul><ul><li>Institutional Perspectives </li></ul><ul><li>- American Public University System </li></ul><ul><li>- Park University </li></ul><ul><li>- Southern New Hampshire University </li></ul><ul><li>Panel Q and A </li></ul>
  5. 5. Voluntary Education Landscape <ul><li>DoD is focused on life-long learning opportunities for adult family members </li></ul><ul><li>Educational Programs </li></ul><ul><li>- Postsecondary degree </li></ul><ul><li>- Independent study & distance learning </li></ul><ul><li>- High school completion/diploma </li></ul><ul><li>- College credit examination programs </li></ul><ul><li>- Academic skills </li></ul><ul><li>- Certification & licensure </li></ul>
  6. 6. Participation Levels <ul><li>In FY08 </li></ul><ul><li>303,472 individuals participated in voluntary education programs </li></ul><ul><li>Enrolled in 815,741 post-secondary education courses </li></ul><ul><li>Utilizing 350 education sites worldwide </li></ul><ul><li>In FY08 </li></ul><ul><li>42,514 troops earned degrees </li></ul><ul><li>4,055 certification or licenses awarded </li></ul><ul><li>Data provided by Carolyn Baker, Chief of Continuing Education at the 2009 Council of College & Military Educators symposium. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Diplomas/Degrees/Certifications Awarded – FY08 Associate Degrees 26,947 Bachelors 12,352 Masters 3,159 HS/GED 2 Doctorates 54 Certificates Licensures 4,055
  8. 8. Military Tuition Assistance <ul><li>Total TA </li></ul><ul><li>FY08 = $584.3M </li></ul><ul><li>- Army - $215.3 </li></ul><ul><li>- Air Force - $208.1 </li></ul><ul><li>- Navy - $116.5 </li></ul><ul><li>- Marine Corps - $44.4 </li></ul><ul><li>FY07 = $578M </li></ul><ul><li>Distance Learning TA </li></ul><ul><li>FY08 = 329.3 </li></ul><ul><li>- Army - $137.3 (63%) </li></ul><ul><li>- Air Force - $106.7 (51%) </li></ul><ul><li>- Navy - $60.8 (52%) </li></ul><ul><li>- Marine Corps - $25.1 (57%) </li></ul>
  9. 9. Traditional & Distance Learning Undergraduate Courses Comparison Graduate Courses 64% DL Average Cost Per Course FY08 Undergraduate Graduate Traditional & Distance $536.31 $743.03 Traditional $401.89 $725.70 Distance Learning $605.06 $750.00
  10. 10. For Follow-Up <ul><li>Presenters </li></ul><ul><li>Wallace Boston </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Roxanne Gonzales </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Christine Javery </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Moderator </li></ul><ul><li>Jim Sweizer </li></ul><ul><li>j [email_address] </li></ul>

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