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You want your first year at college to be more than just prerequisites and busy work. We agree with you. With the First-Year Sequence, you’ll be immersed in a series of courses designed to help you sharpen your academic skills and help you find your point of view—and defend it persuasively—on current issues. You’ll never hear yourself asking, “Why do I have to learn this?” Instead, you’ll ask, “How can I learn more?”
What is the First-Year Sequence?
The First-Year Sequence is an introductory curriculum for students who come to the University with fewer than 24 college credits. According to Dr. Pepicello, this curriculum provides students with courses that allow them to develop academic skills so that they understand the context of what they’re learning and how it can apply to real-life situations.
Why did you develop this program?
Because UOPX students are balancing work and family along with their education, they need a different context in not only accessing education, but also in making their way through higher education. These Next Generation Learners will find that the First-Year Sequence is designed to integrate their lives with the educational process.
You mentioned in the press your holistic approach to student learning. Can you discuss with some depth?
Tradition curriculum, says Dr. Pepicello, is generally presented with an assumption that students already have an understanding of higher education or academics in general. This is not always applicable for our students. A holistic approach allows us to make education relevant to help students understand how it fits in their lives.
Is this program a form of remediation?
This program is a not a form of remediation says Dr. Pepicello. He continues to explain that the First-Year Sequence is a rethinking of academic systems given who today’s students are. It is an approach to relevancy in content and presenting it in a meaningful way.
On many occasions, you have discussed the “non-traditional” student. Can you expand on this term and explain how students are different today than in the past?
Because today only 27% of all undergraduate students in the United States are directly out of high school and 73% may be working, single parents or financially independent from their guardians, higher education must evolve, says Dr. Pepicello. There must be recognition that this Next Generation Learner is going to have a different attitude and perspective on learning.
How will this program help students and learning? Do you have any proof points?
The program, still in its infancy, does not yet have any data that we can point to yet. However, we will examine completion rates, increases in income for students as they progress and then ask alumni how UOPX has had an impact on them.
UOPX is noted for its learner-centric approach. This appears to be an example of this thinking. What other models are you exploring for the future?
The more we can learn about the non-traditional student, the more we will learn how to integrate education in their lives, says Dr. Pepicello. As for future initiatives, we are examining a relevant and gradual approach to remedial studies.
Before you enroll, we want you to be informed about the time and financial commitments you'd take on.
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What to expect video
In school, as in life, clarity is good...Confusion isn't.
No one GETS THAT more than the faculty and staff at University of Phoenix.
That's why we thought it would be helpful to walk you through what to expect...
...and what not to expect...when you attend our University...
...and enroll for course work towards a diploma.
Before you enroll in our University, we must politely ask...
...are you truly willing to make the commitment?
Education requires hard work and dedication.
It demands time...energy...and financial resources.
You'll need to study. You'll need to spend fifteen to twenty hours per week.
You'll need to login to our student website at least four times per week for active class discussion.
Are you willing and able to do that? Are you sure?
Thomas Edison defined genius as "one percent inspiration...ninety nine percent perspiration."
The same is true of education. To succeed at University of Phoenix...
...you'll need to apply yourself and be willing to work hard.
To say the least, we want all of our students to succeed...but you'll need to do your part.
Of course, every job requires proper tools. Education is no different.
Students enrolled in our online programs or in our local campuses...
...must have access to a computer or a laptop.
To do the work assigned, you'll need the necessary supplies and software.
The better equipped you are, the more empowered you'll feel to perform.
Now a brief word about financing.
As you probably know, education isn't free. And money doesn't grow on trees.
Like checkout at any store, paying for tuition is a requirement.
We recommend you plan your financing in advance.
You may qualify for a loan. You may qualify for a grant.
But ALL students are responsible for meeting their financial commitments...
...and all loans need to be repaid when you successfully complete your degree program or if you withdraw from the University for any reason.
Before you make your final decision, we encourage you to thoughtfully consider whether these are commitments you are able and ready to fulfill.
We know you have a choice in schools and you'll need to weigh your options.
Other schools may offer similar programs at a lower cost. Only you can decide which school is the best fit for you.
But if your choice is University of Phoenix, we welcome you....and we'll look forward to helping you unlock your fullest potential.
To learn more about financing options, visit www.direct.ed.gov/applying.html.