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An Important Post
Post University aims to grow its online education programs while conquering the stigma attached to for-profit institutions.
lthough the prospect of online education is considered a new concept among many traditional institutions, Tom Samph describes Post University as a “122-year-old startup.” Whether it is fighting the stigma online institutions encounter from traditional universities or translating the community feel of a brick-and-mortar campus to the cyber arena, The Online Education Institute of Post University faces the same challenges any new endeavor would encounter – with or without the backing of an established parent organization.
“We’re working on our communications to the outside world,” Samph says. “We want people to be able to make informed judgments about the quality of an institution based on the education it provides as opposed to blanket statements based upon some category.” Post University has a history of evolving to meet the changing needs of its students and the businesses that hire them. The school was founded in 1890 as the Matoon Shorthand School, offering commercial education training in typing, bookkeeping, business writing and shorthand. Harry C. Post acquired the school in 1897 and became principal, renaming it the Waterbury Business College until 1931, when it became Post College. Over the next 45 years, the school served as a junior college until 1976 when it became a four-year institution of higher education with accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. In 1996, Post University began offering accelerated degree programs over the Internet, eventually becoming the first college in Connecticut and New England to offer accredited accelerated degree programs fully online. In 2006, Post launched its first master’s degree program and in 2007, it launched the first fully online MBA degree program in the state. The university now has four master’s degree programs and an array of undergraduate programs that are offered on its traditional campus in Waterbury and in hybrid and fully online formats.
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The secret behind any successful operation – for-profit or otherwise – is to focus on quality, and this is what Samph drills home to his personnel as Post University continues to stay ahead of the latest trends in higher education. “The most important thing is providing quality products, and the secondary part is the support services around those products,” Samph says. “If you provide quality products and great services around them, you’ll be a success.” For its online initiatives, Post University relies on a combination of proprietary products as well as third-party solutions. For instance, it uses Tutor.com to provide online tutoring services in addition to the services available through the University’s on-campus Learning Center and Writing Center.
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Broadening the Student Experience
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