Elizabeth Benz, Director of Student Support at UNE Online

Student success hints from both sides of the screen

As an online education professional, I have researched, studied, and implemented best practices for online student success for thousands of students. Recently, I was interviewed for a blog post titled, “ Confessions of a student support specialist – the top 3 issues that  online students face ,” where I outlined how time management, isolation, and hustle can make or break the online graduate school experience. However, these make or break issues…

Confessions of a Student Support Specialist

Confessions of a student support specialist – the top 3 issues that online students face

I recently sat down with Elizabeth Benz, Director of Student Support, recently to discuss what she feels are the top three issues that online graduate school students face, and how she and her team of Student Support Specialists help students overcome those issues. Elizabeth has counseled hundreds of online students through their academic journeys over…

Application for UNE Online Graduate School

4 application mistakes to avoid – and what you should do instead

You want to put your best foot forward when applying for grad school. I spoke to our Director of Online Admissions, Nicole Lindsay, who sees applications come through the door every day that could be stronger. So when I asked for her best advice on applying to UNE Online, she quickly highlighted four types of…

Students in coffee shop studying

Four Tips for Staying On Track In a Self-Paced Course

Online learning can be an ideal way to pursue higher education while shuffling the many demands of life, work, and personal circumstances. Here at UNE, we offer many online learning programs, including the science and math prerequisite courses. These courses are designed for students who wish to enter a health professions program, but need prerequisite…

Fireside Chat

Online Learning at UNE – what you need to know

What is UNE Online? UNE Online is the portion of the University of New England that operates out of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies (CGPS) and brings you online learning. Dr. Martha Wilson is our Dean. On our website, online.une.edu , you may also see some mentions of our nickname, OWL, which stands for Online Worldwide Learning. A…

How does an online course work at UNE Online?

What does it look like to take an online course? An online course has the same learning objectives as a traditional course but is presented online through technology. At UNE Online, courses are developed by pairing a subject matter expert with an instructional designer to develop learning experiences that are efficient, pedagogically sound, and appealing.…

NEASC Accredited

NEASC Accredited – What it means and why it’s important

The University of New England has been continuously accredited by NEASC since 1966. Our dedication to accreditation affirms UNE’s culture of continuous reflection and assessment in our learning community as well as helping UNE set and pursue its strategic goals. About the NEASC The New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (NEASC…

City Guide UNE Graduation 2017

UNE Online’s 2017 Portland, ME City Guide & Map

So, you’re in Portland for a weekend…YAY!! With so much to offer and not a lot of time, we put together this Portland Maine City Guide of our top recommendations for you to ensure you soak up the best of what Greater Portland has to offer. Other than visiting our campus, of course! We’ve also…

Strategies for success

5 Secrets of a Successful Online Student

Getting an advanced degree online requires drive… and plenty of discipline. The majority of UNE Online graduate students have a full-time job in addition to their schoolwork, and so purposefully have to carve out a space to get coursework done. Taking online courses requires time management. With in-person classes, you have to actually drive to…

Revisiting the Distracted Mind

As both an online student and an instructional designer, I find myself thinking about attention spans often. Last year, I wrote a post here about harnessing the distracted mind, in which I offered tools and methods for staying focused, even when hilarious YouTube videos or brilliant longreads are just one browser tab away. What I’ve come to realize over the past…

Princeton Review 381 Best Colleges 25th

Princeton Review Ranks UNE as a Top College

For the second consecutive year, UNE has been included in The Princeton Review Best 381 Colleges guide. This highly-selective publication includes only the top 15% of four-year colleges and universities in the United States. It’s quite an honor to be included in this elite ranking of the nation’s very best colleges and universities. At UNE,…

MONEY Best Colleges 2016-2017 recognition

UNE earns MONEY’s Best Colleges for 2016-2017

Choosing a college is one of the most important financial decisions families face. College represents a large up-front expense, but where you go to college can also significantly affect your salary for years to come. MONEY’s annual college rankings examine dozens of data points to measure the costs and payoffs of thousands of schools. Here at UNE, we are…