Sarah Swoboda | Bachelor of Science in Business Administration `19

Sarah Swoboda | Bachelor of Science in Business Administration `19

Enrollment in Mizzou’s online programs increased nearly 10% over last year, with more than 3,000 students taking online classes.

422 undergraduates and 2,666 graduate students are taking online classes this year through Mizzou Online, which offers 125 online degree and certificate options and more than 1,000 online courses. Mizzou offers the second-most distance degree and certificate programs in the SEC and among the public institutions in the Association of American Universities.

“There are several paths for student success at Mizzou,” said Kim Humphrey, vice provost for Enrollment Management at MU. “Through partnerships with community colleges and online learning, Mizzou is committed to ensuring that all Missourians have access to high-quality and affordable education.”

On Monday, MU announced that 5,459 freshmen began classes, an increase of 16% compared to last year. Overall enrollment at Mizzou increased approximately 1%, with a total of 29,677 students on campus.

Read the full story on the MU News Bureau website.

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More than 53% of MU students took at least one online course in academic year 2018 (Mizzou Online Annual Report, AY18). As this number climbs year over year, online instructors at Mizzou continue to set the pace for distance education nationwide.

At the 2019 Celebration of Teaching event, the MU community had the opportunity to gather and engage with colleagues from all disciplines. Among these faculty members were four instructors honored for their efforts in facilitating and designing high-quality online courses.

After recently celebrating the commencement of more than 660 Mizzou students who earned their degrees online, we recognize the faculty who make it all possible.

Excellence in Online Class Facilitation Award

This award honors faculty members who excel in facilitating an online learning experience.

Amy Simons

Amy Simons, an associate professor in the School of Journalism, was awarded for her excellent facilitation of The News Media: Journalism and Advertising in a Democratic Society, an undergraduate online course.

Simons brings the long-recognized Missouri Method (learning by doing) to life. Students in Simons’ online course have noted a newfound appreciation for the field of journalism due to engaging group projects and thought-provoking assignments. In fact, one student noted that the course “changed their perspective on journalism.”

Lauren Arend

Lauren Arend, an assistant professor of early childhood education in the College of Education, was awarded for Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, a graduate online course for practicing teachers.

The course engages students in content that can be uncomfortable. Facilitating online dialogue around issues of equity, race, privilege and identity poses a challenge, but Arend creates a safe environment for students to discuss. Students call the course “life-changing” and recommend that “every teacher should take this class in order to better understand our society.”

Outstanding Online Course Design Award

This award honors an outstanding online course supported by Mizzou Online that was delivered in the previous academic year with the instruction mode of online or e-learning.

Tom Warhover

Tom Warhover, an associate professor in the School of Journalism, was awarded for Language, Thought and Journalism, an undergraduate online course.

Warhover sought to create an intentional class that both motivates and interests students, and he’s accomplished that by engaging students in the course content. Beyond technical components of the course, Warhover’s passion for fostering relationships with other students has been instrumental to student success. Students call Tom the “epitome of an educator” and have noted that he is easy to connect with online.

Kerri McBee-Black

Kerri McBee-Black, an instructor in the Department of Textile and Apparel Management in the College of Humane Environmental Sciences, was nominated for her contributions to the redesign of Basic Concepts of Fashion Design.

Throughout the course redesign project, McBee-Black demonstrated a dedication to ensure students’ learning experiences were noteworthy, exciting and engaging. The new course content mirrors the reality of teamwork present in the fashion industry, and prepares students for real-world application. In the words of her nominator, McBee-Black’s work on this course “raises the bar for other course designers in the future.”

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Students and alumni of the University of Missouri College of Education already know the quality of their online master's programs. Now, higher education rankings sites, such as OnlineMasters.com, are recognizing Mizzou Ed's programs as well. So far in 2019, the website has ranked 10 College of Education programs among the nation's best, including:

  • TESOL M Ed: No. 1 among "Best English Language Learning Programs." Also recognized as "Best for Administrative Careers" on the list.
  • Gifted education M Ed: No. 2 among "Best Gifted and Talented Education Programs." Also recognized as “Best in Career Development” on the list.
  • Early childhood education M Ed: No. 2 among "Best Early Childhood Education Programs." Also recognized as "Best Program Structure" on the list.
  • Positive coaching M Ed: No. 3 among "Best Coaching Programs." Also lauded for "Best Program Structure" among the institutions on the list.

Six additional education programs were recognized this year by OnlineMasters.com: Literacy education M Ed, online education MS, social studies M Ed, art education M Ed, learning technologies and design MS, and early childhood special education M Ed.

The online master’s programs honored by the ranking site are taught by the same practiced faculty and instructors who teach on campus.

Earn your #OnlineStripes from one of the best education programs in the nation.

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This weekend, May 17 – 19, the University of Missouri celebrates a new class of graduates during commencement ceremonies and events. Among them are 661 graduates who earned their degrees online. Members of Mizzou’s online class of `19 live in 46 states and 5 countries — some as far away as Thailand. Ranging in age from 22 to 68, the graduates are earning degrees from the bachelor’s to PhD level.

A suitcase and a dream

Kweku Osei and his family

When Kweku Osei emigrated from the Republic of Ghana in 1999, education was on the top of his list of priorities. “I came with $300 in my pocket. I only had one suitcase and just a dream … and now, here I am. A graduate.”

Osei and his family live in Parkville, Missouri, where he is a full-time nurse. Osei is earning his doctor of nursing practice with an emphasis in family nurse practitioner (DNP) this week. He is married with three active children, so he needed a flexible program with supportive faculty.

“I cannot thank the University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing enough because they have really given me an opportunity,” said Osei. “In doing so, they have also prepared me very well for the real world.”

Despite the format allowing him to work and take care of other responsibilities, Osei wants prospective students to know that going to school online isn’t easy. “It’s a lot of work. Right from the beginning, you are challenged. You have to be persistent and research-minded.”

And, now, all of Osei’s hard work has paid off. He gets to further his nursing career and also have more control over his schedule. In fact, his son hopes that his dad’s newly freed up schedule allows for some more family downtime. “I’m looking forward to coaching his soccer team,” he said.

A new perspective

Leigh Spence

Both family and career played a role in Leigh Spence’s decision to pursue her educational specialist (EdSp) degree online.

Spence was part of the team of six that launched Battle High School in Columbia, Missouri, in 2013. While putting in extra hours at work, she started on the journey to earn her EdSp. “The university was flexible with me, which allowed me to meet expectations all the way around — both workload and family life.”

Throughout the EdSp program, she found that the knowledge she was learning in her courses could be applied to her job as the director of counseling at the school. Spence appreciated the opportunity to meet people from all over the world and gain a new perspective on her daily work.

“I’m interested in knowing how people do things differently because I think we can always grow and evolve. The program afforded me the opportunity to do that.”

Battle High School is going through a time of change with a new principal on the horizon. With her EdSp under her belt, Spence feels confident in representing the counseling department, and the mental health needs of students, as leaders discuss the school’s vision for the future.

A step ahead

Bailey Ganz

For Bailey Ganz, securing a job as a junior didn’t mean she needed to stop pursuing her bachelor of health science (BHS) degree. When her internship in Columbia offered her a full-time position, Ganz turned to her adviser. They suggested moving from the on-campus program to 100% online version.

Ganz had prior experience with online studies before making the switch. Specifically, she recalls taking an online medical terminology course during her internship that gave her skills to help her stand out. “I have no idea what I would’ve done if I didn’t have that class.”

In her senior year, Ganz continued to find the course work to be valuable for her job in physician support. With assignments that have helped her learn real-world skills, she is prepared for the next steps in her career. Not to mention, she has been able to hone-in on her leadership skills. “Not all programs teach that.”

A second chance

Gabby Bucaro

Another campus student turned online graduate, Gabby Bucaro, is earning her bachelor’s in hospitality management.

After moving back home to Chicago, getting a job at a local country club and pursuing her studies at a private university, she felt something was missing. She considered moving back to Mizzou to finish her degree.

But when Bucaro reached out to a previous contact at the university, she learned her on-campus program was available online — an option that would allow her to stay home and continue working in a job where she found her true passion. “It was destiny,” she said. “The universe was telling me to keep going and finish.”

“At one point, I felt that I wasn’t meant to get a degree. And that’s not the case. I am smart. I can do it. I just needed a little extra help and that’s what the online program gave me.”

Bucaro shares words of inspiration for prospective students that might be in the same situation: “It’s never too late to finish your degree. You can get your degree at 60. You can get your degree at 22. It makes no difference.”


Join us in celebrating the online class of 2019 on their online commencement ceremony website. Drop a congratulatory note in the guest book. Listen to inspiring words from Dean of College of Engineering Elizabeth Loboa. You’ll also hear from graduate speaker Tom Rose, an adjunct assistant professor in the School of Health Professions, who earned his online master of public health in 2017.

Earning your online degree this weekend? Share your experience with us on social media using #OnlineStripes:

Ready to earn your own #OnlineStripes? Join more than 317,000 Mizzou alumni making a difference across the globe. Learn more about Mizzou’s 125 online degrees and certificates.


Providing flexible options for finishing college is part of Mizzou’s mission as the state’s flagship public institution. Five more bachelor’s degrees are now available online, giving those who seek a Mizzou education a convenient option.

“More than 700,000 Missourians started but never finished college,” said University of Missouri Provost Latha Ramchand. “Because our portfolio of online degree programs is so broad, we have flexible options for you wherever you live and whatever career stage you are in.”

The five new 100% online bachelor’s options — communication, psychology, sociology, English and information technology — bring the tally of award-winning programs to 125. U.S. News & World Report recently placed Mizzou’s online undergraduate programs in the top third of all ranked schools.

Access to a high-quality education

For Camdenton, Missouri, resident Jessica Jensen, a bachelor’s degree from Mizzou holds merit. She is considering applying for the online bachelor’s in communication program to help further her career.

“Why Mizzou?” said Jensen. “I know it’s a great university to have on my résumé and future job applications.”

Communication is one of four new 120-credit-hour online bachelor of arts degrees from the College of Arts and Science, along with psychology, sociology and English. These programs provide a liberal arts education with a focus on both research opportunities and career readiness or advancement. Each department’s faculty comprises internationally recognized scientists, scholars and authors.

“Online students get the same access to our renowned faculty as those on campus,” said College of Arts and Science Dean Pat Okker. “And the online programs are developed by the same faculty who are dedicated to student success and excellence in research and creative endeavors.”

A comprehensive approach to career-readiness

The bachelor of science in information technology from the University of Missouri College of Engineering is already known for producing alumni who work in cyber security, software engineering, visual effects, app development and game design. Making this career-ready degree program available online opens doors for students who seek flexible options.

“Mizzou is incredibly special and, really, it is the most comprehensive university I’ve worked with,” said College of Engineering Dean Elizabeth Loboa. “We attract students from every possible discipline you can imagine.”

Loboa also considers another benefit of offering new undergraduate programs — preparing more qualified graduates for high-demand jobs. The College of Engineering’s new 126-credit-hour bachelor of science in information technology program aims to fill a growing need for more IT practitioners, software engineers and media technology specialists in a wide variety of industries.

"We have a hard time producing enough graduates,” said Loboa. “I have employers coming here constantly saying they need more of our IT graduates. These students are going to have a great opportunity for their future career.”

Ramchand echoes this sentiment. “By offering degrees that target unmet needs, we actually have the ability to serve [not only] the person who wants the degree but also to serve the state. It’s all about developing the workforce for the next generation of workers. I think it really benefits all of us.”

Fulfilling the needs of more students

For prospective students like Jensen, accessibility and career advancement aren’t the only factors in the decision to continue their education online. As a current online student at a community college, a full-time employee and a mother to a 3-year-old, she is no stranger to the flexibility that online courses provide.

Ramchand is excited for the opportunity to reach students like Jensen. “A college degree opens doors. All these different students in different stages in their lives have educational needs and it’s our pleasure to be able to help meet those needs.”

Earn your #OnlineStripes

The five new undergraduate programs are 100 percent online and are currently accepting applications for the fall semester. They join 11 other online majors in business, hospitality management, public health, education studies, health professions, nursing, general studies and interdisciplinary studies. To learn more, visit online.missouri.edu/ug

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This story originally appeared on the SWE All Together blog.

Impostor phenomenon. Impostor syndrome. Impostor experience. No matter what you call it, you’ve most likely felt it. The feeling that, no matter how much you have accomplished, you aren’t worthy of the success you’ve earned.

You’re not alone. The phenomenon was originally introduced as a feeling that affects only high-achieving women. Some recent research shows that men struggle with this feeling in the workplace as much as women. According to recent research1, 70 percent of people experience impostor syndrome at some point in their lives.

Almost everyone experiences it. But how do we fight it? To find out, we asked five fearless women engineers at the University of Missouri.

Trust the expert

When asked about impostor syndrome, Dr. Heather Hunt, associate professor in the Department of Biomedical, Biological & Chemical Engineering at Mizzou, is quick to point out that this popular name for the feeling is actually not the original name. Dr. Pauline Rose Clance coined the name “impostor phenomenon” in a 1978 research article, and has since written various publications on the subject.

“When I give seminars about impostor phenomenon, I always go back to the book The Impostor Phenomenon: Overcoming the Fear that Haunts Your Success by Dr. Clance,” said Hunt. “She’s the leading authority on this subject. The book is evidence-based. It’s practiced. It’s practical.”

Be empathetic

Hunt is part of the estimated 30 percent of people who haven’t experienced impostor phenomenon. Despite that, she is able to use the book’s suggestions when teaching and mentoring her students.

“Even if you don’t experience it, it’s really valuable to understand what your peers might be experiencing, because I think it helps us to build empathy,” she said. “Empathy is important to have in a field like engineering where everything we do leads toward this idea of making the world a better place.”

EMPATHY IS IMPORTANT TO HAVE IN A FIELD LIKE ENGINEERING WHERE EVERYTHING WE DO LEADS TOWARD THIS IDEA OF MAKING THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE.

-DR. HEATHER HUNT

Talk about it

In addition to soft skills like empathy, critical thinking, and creativity, an engineering education can help you find a global network. Tojan Rahhal, adjunct assistant professor, notes that the first step in overcoming impostor syndrome is reminding yourself of this network and realizing that you’re not alone – and then sharing your feelings with others.

“Numerous CEOs, professors, and executives will tell you they have gone through impostor syndrome at different stages in their careers,” said Rahhal. “Talk about it, form a peer network or group you can talk through your doubts with because everyone deals with it.”

Seek out diverse thought

As Assistant Dean for Inclusive Excellence, Rahhal works to help engineering students from underrepresented populations to overcome barriers in their college experience and beyond.

Christine Costello, assistant professor in the Department of Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering, is on the university’s Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) committee led by Rahhal. This committee helped establish the new Advocates and Allies (A&A) program at Mizzou. The program facilitates conversations among male faculty, staff, and students about unconscious gender bias in STEM fields. The ultimate goal is to increase the recruitment and retention of female students, faculty, and staff.

In addition to bringing A&A to campus, the committee hosts multiple events throughout the year to encourage a dialogue about shared experiences such as impostor syndrome.

Seeking diverse thought not only helps engineers learn more about the experiences of others — diversity can further the engineering industry as a whole. “The more we bring in different backgrounds into engineering, the better chance we’ll have of discovering something new,” said Hunt. “Diverse thought arises from diverse backgrounds.”

THE MORE WE BRING IN DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS INTO ENGINEERING, THE BETTER CHANCE WE’LL HAVE OF DISCOVERING SOMETHING NEW. DIVERSE THOUGHT ARISES FROM DIVERSE BACKGROUNDS.

-DR. HEATHER HUNT

Be a lifelong learner

Costello embraces this idea of diverse thought to its fullest. She has degrees and experience in civil and environmental engineering and has held academic appointments in industrial engineering and biological engineering. But she didn’t always know she would be an engineer.

“I started my college career as a fashion design and merchandising major,” she said. “I loved the art form of high fashion. But I realized I didn’t have the artistic flair for it. Through a process of soul searching, I realized that I really liked the field of environmental sustainability.”

When students have feelings of self-doubt, Costello encourages them to continue learning and realize that their path won’t always be clear. “A lot of you don’t know what you want to do, and that’s okay! You can come here and figure it out with us. Or take an online class to explore a subject area on your schedule.”

Hunt, who leads a new online master’s program at Mizzou, agrees that learning new skills helps engineers with not only fighting impostor phenomenon, but with furthering their careers. “The reason we encourage people to continue their education five years into your career, is because you recognize that the industry has shifted or you might need a different set of skills to move up or move into the area that you want. A master’s degree can help set you apart from your peers.”

Become your own biggest fan

Kate Nolan, a materials and process engineer at Boeing, earned her undergraduate degree on campus at Mizzou. Despite having a successful career, Nolan experiences impostor syndrome. She fights it by reminding herself of her achievements.

“It’s so good to look back at everything you’ve accomplished,” she said. “I didn’t get all of this just by being lucky. You didn’t just get there by being lucky!”

Rahhal seconds this: “Own your accomplishments. If that means writing down a few accomplishments a month until you have an enormous list to look at when you are having a bad day, then do it.”

OWN YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS. IF THAT MEANS WRITING DOWN A FEW ACCOMPLISHMENTS A MONTH UNTIL YOU HAVE AN ENORMOUS LIST TO LOOK AT WHEN YOU ARE HAVING A BAD DAY, THEN DO IT.

-TOJAN RAHHAL

Find your people

Even though looking within is instrumental to overcoming this feeling, you can’t do it alone. Elizabeth Loboa, the first female dean in the College of Engineering at Mizzou, encourages engineers to seek advice and guidance from those that inspire them. She welcomes students to reach out to her in times of hesitation.

“You will be scared sometimes, you will question yourself sometimes,” said Loboa. “But the world will be your oyster when you're done. Stay with it and contact me if you get scared.”

Nolan seeks advice from her fellow SWE members. “I’ve been able to become friends with people my age to people that have retired from their engineering career. Finding that really supportive network has been so important to me. There aren’t that many things that have been a part of my life for 10 years, but SWE has.”

YOU WILL BE SCARED SOMETIMES, YOU WILL QUESTION YOURSELF SOMETIMES. BUT THE WORLD WILL BE YOUR OYSTER WHEN YOU'RE DONE.

-DEAN ELIZABETH LOBOA

Rachel Pinnow

English language learners (ELLs) are the fastest-growing student population in U.S. K–12 schools1. In Missouri public schools, the number of ELLs has doubled from 19,053 in 2008–2009 to 38,952 in 2017–20182. Although the number of ELLs is growing exponentially, they have been underserved due to the longstanding shortage of teachers who are certified to work with them.

The University of Missouri College of Education’s online TESOL (Teaching English to speakers of other languages) programs and faculty serve teachers in the state and beyond, aiming to increase the number of critically important ELL educators.

UPCEA, a leading national organization for online education, recognized one of the TESOL programs for their exceptional contributions to the field. The organization selected the Missouri K–12 ESOL certification preparation program as this year’s Outstanding Noncredit Program Award winner. Rachel Pinnow accepted the award on behalf of the department at the 2019 Annual Conference on March 28 in Seattle, Washington.

A global community

Pinnow is an associate professor in the Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum, and an online instructor of courses in the three online TESOL programs available at Mizzou. She and other faculty members have worked to design compelling and rigorous course work that prepares students for real jobs, using the latest technologies in online and distance learning — but without making students feel at a distance.

“Language is really central to our experience as a human being,” said Pinnow, who started studying the subject in graduate school. “I became fascinated with how people learn multiple languages beyond their first language or their native language.”

“One of our goals in the TESOL program is that we always want our students to know and feel that there’s a human being on the other side of the screen,” she said. “The program has been unfolding and developing over time. We’ve been able to shape it into something really unique that serves our students, the state of Missouri and the broader world. We are really a part of a global community.”

An engaging environment

The award-winning ESOL certification preparation program is focused on preparing students for Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) ESOL certification. However, the certification “also can be expanded to other states,” said Pinnow. She encourages students outside of Missouri to check with their state first.

The TESOL graduate certificate and master’s degree programs are open to educators all over the world — and to Pinnow, this is a benefit to learning online. “We want to create an environment where you’re going to interact with people who have different teaching contexts than you, different age students, different teaching backgrounds and language backgrounds, so that you can develop a deeper understanding of the topics because of the input of your peers. This facilitates really strong professional relationships that create a network to help you develop professionally and personally.”

“We take meeting the needs of students very seriously,” Pinnow continues. “We want to create a great opportunity and experience for our students. Our strengths lie in the quality of the faculty, the flexible platform and the ability to interact with people from all over the world — which can open up opportunities that you might not have considered before now.”

About UPCEA: The University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) is the leading association for professional, continuing and online education. For more than 100 years, UPCEA has served most of the leading public and private colleges and universities in North America. Founded in 1915, the association serves its members with innovative conferences and specialty seminars, research and benchmarking information, professional networking opportunities and timely publications. Based in Washington, D.C., UPCEA also builds greater awareness of the vital link between contemporary learners and public policy issues.

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Three out of five of the newest Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence recipients teach an online course. They are three instructors from three very different areas of study, but they share one common quality — they deliver a high-quality, award-winning education to Mizzou’s distance students.

Jennifer Fellabaum-Toston

Jennifer Fellabaum-Toston

As the director of the online educational leadership doctorate (EdD) program, Fellabaum-Toston is no stranger to online education. She teaches multiple courses — most of which have received glowing student evaluations that exceeded the courses’ departmental averages.

In fact, her comfort and high skill level with teaching online has allowed her to guide fellow faculty members. Fellabaum-Toston leverages technology in her courses to provide an interactive experience.

“She believes and helped me to believe that teaching online can be as transformative as teaching in person if you go about it with care and intentionality,” said Michael Steven Williams, an assistant professor in the College of Education.

Her care and intentionality also carry over to her interactions with students.

“Talking to her has always provided clarity, confidence and comfort,” said Chelsea Fricker, a Mizzou alumna that is looking to pursue her EdD. “That same clarity, confidence and comfort are felt in her classroom and by every single student who has the privilege of working with her.”

Peter Motavalli

Peter Motavalli

Motavalli’s unique approach to teaching is present in his online course Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition, which is part of the agroforestry master’s and agroforestry graduate certificate programs. He engages students through evidence-based active learning strategies.

“My favorite aspect of Dr. Motavalli’s teaching was his ability to apply what we were learning to real world problems through in-class case studies,” said Lindsey Anderson, a graduate student at MU. “I found this activity very beneficial because often in college we are lectured on topics, but rarely are we put in a setting where we must apply what we know to a real issue.”

Botswana Blackburn

Botswana Blackburn

Blackburn, professor and health sciences program director, serves as a mentor to students across the entire campus.

“Dr. Blackburn is a life coach and tireless advocate of her students, including the students enrolled in her courses; those studying health sciences; all of those who reach out to her; and those who need counsel, praise or support,” said Kristofer Hagglund, dean of the School of Health Professions.

In summer 2019, she will provide her mentorship to an online audience with Healthcare Organization and Leadership, a core course in the bachelor of health science in health science (BHS) program.

Read more about this year’s Kemper Award winners.

Plans for managing multiple chronic conditions or navigating several overlapping health care systems are complex. The need for qualified care managers to help families and organizations has never been higher. In fact, the job market for roles in care management is expected to increase 16 percent through 2026.

To educate more health care professionals to facilitate high-quality care, the University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing is launching a new program — the 100 percent online master of science in care management.

“As a nurse who has also held a care management role, I can attest to the necessity for a program like this one,” said Amber Vroman, nursing instructor in the new Mizzou program. “There are only eight online programs of this kind in the U.S. Care managers play such a critical role in increasingly complex health care environments; we really need to focus on developing their skills and abilities.”

An interdisciplinary approach

The MU program also is unique because it seeks to enroll students working in several areas of health care, not just from nursing. Those with backgrounds in public health, social work and medicine are encouraged to apply.

Interdisciplinary course work is the hallmark of the program. Students will take courses from the School of Social Work and the Department of Health Management and Informatics, as well as the Sinclair School of Nursing. 

“One of the most important factors of being an effective care manager is their ability to work with a team of health care providers,” said Robin Harris, associate dean for academic affairs at the Sinclair School of Nursing. “While we teach our students how to do this, it’s important that we bring in the perspectives of faculty from other health disciplines.”

The program’s curriculum is designed with flexibility to tailor to the student’s areas of interest and practice. Students gain knowledge of health informatics, research, policy, quality and safety.

Career-advancing credentials

In addition to providing interdisciplinary knowledge, the care management master’s program helps professionals advance their careers and take on fulfilling roles in health care. Care managers are instrumental in delivering compassion to individuals and families at times of high need.

“For health care professionals looking to step out of a bedside practice role and into care management or those in care management related roles who wish to advance their education, this program is a perfect fit,” said Vroman. “And although the role is not as focused on direct care, care managers still have the ability to really make a difference in patients’ lives.”

Vroman and other faculty hold advanced nursing and research degrees — they know what it’s like to study while working full-time. They are focused on giving students the most current best practices and knowledge to help them succeed in their careers and beyond.

“Sinclair School of Nursing faculty provide a comprehensive understanding of not only nursing, but other important subjects like care management and participatory health research,” said Sinclair School of Nursing Dean Sarah Thompson. “Teaming up with other innovative departments at Mizzou to develop the courses and making them available online? That is a winning combination.”

Finish in less than three years

The care management master’s is 33 credit hours; students can graduate in three years or less. The program is currently accepting applications for the fall semester.

 


This story originally appeared on the MU News Bureau website.

Camdenton resident Jessica Jensen is one of an estimated 20 percent of Missourians between ages 25 and 64 who have some higher education but no college degree. Jensen works full time at a preschool and is taking online classes through a Missouri community college. And now, because of a new online program in communication at the University of Missouri, she’s taking steps to become a Tiger.

“When I heard from a friend who goes to Mizzou that more online classes were opening, I knew I wanted to check it out,” Jensen said.

Communication is one of nine new online degree options opening in August. The new online bachelor’s options also include information technology, psychology, sociology and English. At the graduate level, Mizzou is opening online degrees in biological engineering, industrial engineering, care management and dispute resolution.

These nine online programs will bring Mizzou’s online degree portfolio to 125 options — more than any other Missouri university. Providing access to a Mizzou degree is at the heart of our land-grant mission, MU Provost Latha Ramchand said.

“We are investing in these online options for students who work full time and still want the Mizzou experience,” Ramchand said. “Our mission is to provide students throughout the state and beyond with access to the top-notch education Missouri’s flagship university is known for.”

Career-ready graduates

Many of Mizzou’s online students are in their late 20s and early 30s and are using MU degrees to get ahead in their jobs. With the addition of several bachelor’s degree options, people with or without previous college credit can earn credentials that will open career doors.

“Mizzou brings together an incredibly comprehensive experience for students whether they learn with us in person or online,” said Elizabeth Loboa, vice chancellor for strategic partnerships and dean of the College of Engineering.

Loboa is excited for students to experience the interactivity and connectedness these new online classes will provide.

“One of our goals is to create experiences that teach students to consistently consider the broader impact of what they are learning,” she said. “Whether they are solving a critical need in cybersecurity, health care or the corporate marketplace, they will have a global network of peers from which to draw insight long after they’ve completed their degrees online with MU.”

In-demand online majors

“Information technology is a very popular major with so many possible career outcomes for graduates,” Ramchand said. “The other majors now available online from the College of Arts and Science are popular as well, including psychology, sociology, communication and English. These additions to the online portfolio are a testament to Mizzou’s status as a leader in online education.”

The new graduate-level online options also are designed to help students get ahead in their industries. For those who want to advance in the health care field, the Sinclair School of Nursing is offering a master’s in care management. The MU School of Law is opening the Midwest’s first online master’s program in dispute resolution, and the College of Engineering is offering programs in biological and industrial engineering.

Jensen, who has a 3-year-old daughter, is grateful for online degree opportunities. She is no stranger to multitasking.

“A typical day for me already means bringing my laptop to work and doing homework during breaks and after I’m done planning for the next day,” she said.

Ramchand said Mizzou’s interactive online classes give students the education they need to advance and the flexibility they need to fit in college amidst work and community obligations.

“Coming to school online at Mizzou gives you the same education as attending on campus,” Ramchand said. “The same faculty write and teach online courses, and the curriculum in your program is the same. It’s everything you love about Mizzou but on your schedule.”

Applications are now being accepted for all nine new online degree options. To learn more, visit https://online.missouri.edu/2019