Harvesting Knowledge Year-Round

fall-leaves-bookFall is almost here. While that has traditionally meant the start of the school year, for adult learners the increase in online educational options has turned that convention on its head. If you have considered going back to school but think you’ve missed the opportunity to register until next year, it’s not too late to matriculate.

Just as online learning provides students flexibility in when, where and how they study and participate in class, many online programs offer flexibility in when and how students can begin their studies. Unlike brick-and-mortar colleges with rigid semester, trimester or quarter calendars, online degree programs often have rolling academic calendars, allowing working adults the opportunity to choose an area of study, register and begin earning credits almost immediately. For officers working erratic schedules and unpredictable hours, online learning presents a feasible option to pursue their educations while remaining on the job.

Many online degree programs offer registration and class start dates at frequent intervals throughout the year, including the following schools, which have programs specifically designed to meet the needs of law enforcement professionals: Tiffin University, with start dates every March, May, July and October; Upper Iowa University, Union Institute and University, and Columbia Southern University, with enrollment offered six times per year; and American Military University, with monthly class start dates.

Online programs also provide condensed course timelines for working adults, offering further advantages: students can build classes into their long-term planning (e.g., taking a class during scheduled time off or slower work periods), and they can complete their degrees more quickly than at traditional schools, a big plus for officers seeking advancement. Colleges providing such options include Regis University, offering five- and eight-week courses; American Military University, with eight- and 16-week sessions; and University of Phoenix, offering three-credit courses covered in six weeks.

With such a variety of choices, it’s always the right time of year to pursue an advanced degree. Explore more schools and programs at Education Connect, your continuing education resource.


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