Penn State Launches Pilot Program To Connect Online Students with Alumni

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Online courses have made it possible for people to continue their education conveniently in the midst of hectic lives.

Courses are designed to suit a student’s lifestyle. They are self-paced and cost so much less than traditional college and university education.

Think about all the money and time you can save.

But there’s also a downside to online education. It is reflected in the percentage of completion rate. Many students don’t finish the course.

There are a number of reasons behind it. There are those who would like to simply explore this new horizon until their curiosity or excitement ebbs.

There are those who enroll simply to observe how their online school competitors conduct their courses. Others feel they have already learned enough and don’t need to complete their course.

But one of the biggest factor is motivation loss. According to, a student may lose motivation to complete his online course due to lack of access to support resources.

In traditional learning, students get to interact with one another and resolve problems together. In online education, because you are in a virtual environment, you don’t get this kind experience.

Penn State recognizes this need, and in answer, has launched a pilot program that would connect their online students with Penn alumni so they could be part of the university’s family.

Under this unique program, a local chapter of their Penn State Alumni Association adopts an online student to become a part of their events and various activities.

This kind of fraternity enlivens the student’s spirit and makes him feel that he really belongs with the growing Penn family.

“Penn State has 645,000 alumni in every state and around the world,” Alumni Strategist Roxanne Shiels, team leader of the pilot program, says. “That’s a tremendous resource for our online students.”

This kind of connection does open many doors of opportunity for Peen online students which has now reached 18,000. But another important aspect of the pilot program is the fellowship.

“Creating these bonds doesn’t just benefit the alumni organization or the institution,” Shiels adds. “Research shows that adult students who are at risk of dropping out are more likely to stay in school when someone is encouraging them.”

Endeavors like this makes Penn State World Campus one of the best in the country.

For their pilot program, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education has awarded them with a Gold Circle of Excellence award from.

Furthermore, Penn State World Campus has been ranked no.1 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for 2015 and 2016 by the US News.

Rob Clark admin staff managing editor

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