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Todd Van Hess, Oregon State Ecampus business administration graduate

Leading by example: Going back to college as a parent

Like all good dads, Todd Van Hess wants the best for his three children. He knows that their best chance to lead successful lives is for them to earn college degrees when the time comes. And like all good dads, Todd knows that if he’s going to hold his kids to a certain standard, he needs to lead by example. Last June, he supplied the best example possible when he walked across a stage at Oregon State University’s annual commencement ceremony and accepted his diploma after earning his degree online through Oregon State Ecampus.

Oregon State taps into big data with new online bachelor’s in geography & geospatial science

To meet the demand for geography and geospatial professionals in the national job market, Oregon State University now offers a bachelor’s degree in geography and geospatial science 100 percent online, giving learners everywhere access to highly transferable skills in order to harness the power of “big data” analysis and geovisualization and build a career in almost any field or economic sector.

Lisa Frasieur, OSU Ecampus business administration graduate

Your seat at the table is out there. To claim it, first you have to stand up.

Twenty years into her career as an accountant, Lisa Frasieur felt like she was a peg below her peers. Truth be told, she was. “The first time I sat with our auditors, they asked me where I went to school,” she says now. “I didn’t have a degree, and it was embarrassing.”

An artist's rendering of the lobby of the OSU Portland Center in the historic Meier & Frank Building

OSU expands Portland regional programs with unique online/in-person learning experiences

As an increasing number of Portland-area professionals are doing, Maria Sar turned to Oregon State University Ecampus for the opportunity to maintain career stability while pursuing a degree that would yield upward mobility. Even before completing OSU’s hybrid (online/in-person) MBA in Organizational Leadership program, she accepted an offer from Nike to be a global procurement analyst.

Screen shot of radiographic anatomy module

Open-source module helps alleviate financial burden on VetMed students

Sarah Nemanic, an associate professor of diagnostic imaging in the College of Veterinary Medicine, recently led the creation of a self-study computer module for students, veterinarians and faculty to learn, review and be tested on normal veterinary radiographic anatomy. Not only is it a must-have resource for all VetMed students, but it’s also a free one. Nemanic worked with Open Oregon State to develop an open-source module that is freely accessible to learners all over the world.

Oregon State Ecampus graduate Patric Papabathini, business administration

Management doors once closed are now open after business student earns his degree from India

The corporate ladder quickly runs out of rungs for many people like Patric Papabathini who haven’t graduated from college. His lack of a degree prevented him from applying for management jobs that he was confident – after four years of working at Microsoft – he could thrive in if only given the chance. The message, however, was loud and clear. “Without a degree, I had no chance,” he says.

Microbiology instructor solves a costly problem for students, increases access to learning

Linda Bruslind estimated that less than half of the students in her General Microbiology course were buying and using the required publisher’s textbook. To put it another way, the majority of her MB 302 students did not have access to vital learning resource in large part because it was cost prohibitive. (A new copy of the latest publisher’s edition runs nearly $250.) She decided to fix the problem.

Students in the crowd at the Oregon State University commencement ceremony

Oregon State’s online graduating class tops 1,000 for the first time

The map arrived in Lindsay Caplan’s mailbox, having traversed nearly 3,000 miles from Oregon State University to her home in Maryland. It was part of a wilderness excursion for a class in Oregon State’s fisheries and wildlife sciences online degree program – a hands-on learning activity that helped Caplan develop a strong connection to the university despite living on the opposite side of the country. Now, several years later and without ever setting foot on campus, she’s among a record-setting 1,065 students who will graduate Saturday, June 16, after completing degree requirements online through OSU Ecampus.

Student using a laptop

To strike the right balance, you need the right tools

The OSU Ecampus student success team helps busy people like you develop an individualized plan to manage your time and priorities in order to establish yourself as a thriving student online. And with that in mind, here are four tips and tools our success counselors recommend to help you create and sustain a healthy work-life-school balance:

Oregon State physics instructor K.C. Walsh writes on a lightboard.

The future of education is wide open

K.C. Walsh, a senior instructor of physics at Oregon State University, long ago realized how burdensome the financial situation is for students. In sports terms, the textbook publishing companies are winning, and it’s a blowout. Financially, the students continually come up short. That’s why Walsh decided to change the game by embracing the open educational resource (OER) movement and giving his students access to no-cost and low-cost course materials.