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Beaverton mayor and Lacey Beaty speaks into a microphone at an outdoor public event.

First female and youngest-ever mayor of Beaverton, Oregon earned her OSU degree online

Lived experiences give Ecampus political science grad Lacey Beaty leadership ability that ‘sets the tone’ for her city and family By Siobhan Murray Oregon State University Foundation Editor’s note: This article was originally published in December 2022 by the OSU Foundation and also in the Oregon Stater alumni magazine. Service to others has been a First female and youngest-ever mayor of Beaverton, Oregon earned her OSU degree online

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Use this checklist before you quit your job

Deciding whether or not to quit your job is never an easy task. This piece takes a look at some preliminary steps you can take before you take the plunge. From improving professional skills to networking, more preparation for your next career move than you think can be done through online education.

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Oregon State ranked top 10 nationally for best online degrees for 9th straight year

Bolstered by the expertise of the faculty who develop and teach classes online, Oregon State has earned another top ranking from U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s best providers of online education. OSU ranks No. 8 in the category of Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for 2023, marking the university’s ninth consecutive year in the top 10. That’s a claim no other public institution in the country can make.

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Oregon State Ecampus director working to update GI Bill to benefit online students

The GI Bill is in need of an update to better serve all college students, says Shannon Riggs, an executive director at Oregon State Ecampus. As a panel presenter at the Council of College and Military Educators annual symposium, she will explain how military veterans who learn exclusively online receive significantly less in Monthly Housing Allowance than on-campus students.

Text on image: Applying to grad school? 6 tips to get you started.

So, you want to go to graduate school? Start here

If anyone asks me if they should go to graduate school, I mostly always say, “Yes! If you can, go to graduate school!” I am a huge champion of grad school — all education, to be honest. Once you decide graduate school is right for you, there will be many questions about what to do next. Here are a few steps to get you started.

Making the connections you need as an online student

By Elena Moffet When it comes to earning a degree online, an initial concern we often hear from prospective students is whether the experience will be isolating or lonely. They wonder if they need to attend in person to build friendships or engage meaningfully with their instructors. But that just isn’t the case. Time and Making the connections you need as an online student

Oregon State surveys students, collects local data to advocate for zero-cost textbooks

The results from a 2018 Florida survey found that 64%-66% of students often don’t buy the required textbook for a course. These numbers didn’t surprise Stefanie Buck, director of Oregon State’s Open Educational Resources Unit. But they didn’t satisfy her either. Buck wanted to get a better understanding of how textbook costs affect Oregon State students specifically. To find out, she ran a modified version of the Florida survey at OSU. The results offered four key takeaways.

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‘Dream job’ empowers Oregon State grad to make an instant impact

Marty Marrs graduated from Oregon State after earning a B.S. in Natural Resources online through OSU Ecampus. Prior to that, she spent 18 years raising a family, which she loved, and also working in administrative jobs, which she wasn’t as passionate about. “I just knew I had so much more to offer, and so much more to give,” she said. That’s where Oregon State came in.

Jane Vinesky

Oregon State Everywhere: Finding community and support from all points on the map

“Faculty like Brian Sidlauskas, Gerrad Jones, Shalynn Pack and Julio Gallardo made time to tutor me, teach me, counsel me, write recommendations and discuss professional opportunities. Although I was an Ecampus student, the Oregon State community is so strong that I felt its support from wherever I was in the world.” — Jane Vinesky, fisheries, wildlife, and conservation sciences graduate

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How to choose the best school for online degrees

At Oregon State Ecampus, we’ve devoted 20+ years to infusing every online course with the level of quality you deserve. But what do we mean by “quality”? It’s an important question to ask (and answer), so here are five specific things to look for as you evaluate the quality of an institution’s online learning experience.