dcsimg
You are here:

Interview: Deb Gearhart, Director eCampus Troy University

deb-gearhart.gifDeb Gearhart, Director eCampus at Troy University, joins us today to discuss distance education.

Tell us about the distance learning programs offered at Troy University eCampus.

Troy University started offering programs online in the mid 1990s. eCampus was stood up in the fall of 2006 as planned in the merger to Troy University. The approved programs that were being offered by the various distance programs within Troy State University were being merged into one program, eCampus. Fall of 2006 brought together the programs form Global Campus. Fall of 2007 brought together the distance programs form the Alabama Campuses. Fall of 2008 the GoArmyEd program, including eArmyU completed the transition.

What is the typical duration of each of your programs?

Undergraduate programs are at least 120 credit hours and graduate programs at least 30 credit hours. We operate on five nine-week terms a year. Students can work through a program in an accelerated time frame or work at their own pace.

What would you say makes Troy University eCampus programs different and better than other comparable online programs?

Two things we hear from students are that the entire program is online and they do not have to come to campus and the term system helps meet individual needs as to the pace of the program.

We offer Associate of Science Degrees in Business Administration and General Education as well as Bachelor of Applied Science in Resource and Technology Management and Business Administration. Other Bachelor degree programs offered include: Applied Computer Science, Criminal Justice, History, Political Science, Psychology, Social Science, Sport and Fitness Management and more. Click here to view our Undergraduate programs. Click here to View our Graduate programs

How important would you say accreditation is when choosing an online college?

Accreditation is extremely important. Students should always take courses from accredited institutions. We find that many students have courses from numerous institutions and we are happy to take transfer credit but students need to know that the only courses that transfer at Troy or other institutions are from accredited institutions.

There is some debate as to whether or not online degrees are as worthwhile as traditional degrees. What steps does Troy University eCampus take to ensure that online students are receiving the same education that they'd receive in a classroom?

We deliver the same program online that is delivered on campus. We have a quality assurance process in place to make sure that happens. I can go into more detail if you need it.

What would you say are some of the benefits of earning a degree online rather than in a traditional classroom?

Most online learners are adult learners and are balancing home, job and school. The greatest advantages to online education is its flexibility to be able to that. Online education provides the adult learner access to an education they may not have otherwise been able to obtain.

If a student enrolled in one of your programs was interested in finding an internship in their field in their area, do you have any means of assisting them in acquiring an internship position?

Most of our undergraduate programs have capstone courses where students can make those types of arrangements, depending on the program.

Does Troy University eCampus offer any job placement services to your students and graduates?

Students have access to the University placement office and that office is working to place more services like resume writing, etc. online for all Troy students.

Is financial aid available to students in your programs?

Yes and most students use financial aid and tuition assistance.

Do you have any advice for students enrolling in online classes for the first time?

If there is an orientation to the online programs be sure to go through that first. The biggest issues students run into deal with being prepared to learn online. DO you know how to use the course management system? Also time management skills. Online learning is used by busy adults and they need to be able to manage their time so that they have about 12 hours a week to work on a class. That is important for the Troy University eCampus and we work on a compressed term.

What do you enjoy most about your position at Troy University eCampus?

I have been working in distance education for over 22 years and I love it because of helping students gain access to an education they might not otherwise be able to do. At Troy we work hard to be a premier institution in distance education with our 19 degree programs fully online. We serve students worldwide.

Thank you Deb, for sharing and participating in this featured piece.

That concludes our interview!

For more information on distance learning programs available at Troy University, visit them online.

About Get Degrees

Get Degrees�� is one of the most comprehensive online education & online school destinations on the web today. Check out our entire selection of accredited degree programs including mba, business school, nursing school, criminal justice degrees & schools and more.

Search Schools

      
Matching School Ads
  • Full Sail University - Online

    Learning at Full Sail University has always centered around interaction and the exchange of ideas. Our online curriculum fully embraces this philosophy.

    Programs

    • Graphic Design, Bachelor of Science (Online)
    • Internet Marketing, Master of Science (Online)
    • Music Production, Bachelors of Science (Online)
    • More...

    Location: Online

    Full Sail University - Online Request Info »
  • Ashworth College

    Earn your degree or diploma on your schedule and succeed at Ashworth College.

    Programs

    • Payroll Clerk
    • Private Investigation
    • Occupational Therapy Aide
    • More...
    Location:
    Norcross: , Norcross GA
    Ashworth College Request Info »
  • Platt College

    Turn your talents into a career at nationally recognized and accredited Platt College.

    Programs

    • Veterinary Technology Alternate Route - Certificate
    • Respiratory Therapy
    • Veterinary Technology - Associates

    Location: Online

    Platt College Request Info »
  • Our Lady of the Lake University

    Our Lady of the Lake University is a private, Catholic university with a deep connection to the history and community of San Antonio.

    Programs

    • Master of Business Administration: Healthcare Management
    • Master of Education in School Counseling
    • Master of Social Work (MSW) Degree
    • More...

    Location: Online

    Our Lady of the Lake University Request Info »
  • Ultimate Medical Academy Online

    Get personalized attention with UMA.

    One-on-one tutoring, pre-interview coaching, job search assistance, alumni services-they’re all included in Ultimate Medical Academy’s competitively priced tuition. As a nationally accredited school, we provide quality career training online and at our campus in Clearwater, Florida.

    Programs

    • A.S. - Healthcare Information Technology
    • Diploma - Medical Administrative Assistant
    • A.S.- Health Sciences (Pharmacy Technician)
    • More...

    Location: Online

    Ultimate Medical Academy Online Request Info »
  • University of Denver - MBA

    The University of Denver encourages students to explore several options when it comes to financing their MBA@Denver education

    Programs

    • Master of Business Administration

    Location: Online

    University of Denver - MBA Request Info »
  • Blue Cliff College - Online

    You’ve expressed interest in Blue Cliff College before, now we have online programs to better fit your busy lifestyle. Enroll now!

    Programs

    • Health Information/Medical Billing & Coding

    Location: Online

    Blue Cliff College - Online Request Info »
  • Columbia International University

    For nearly a century, Columbia International University has educated people from a biblical worldview to impact the nations with the message of Christ. 

    Programs

    • Bachelor of Science in Business
    • Associate of Arts in Business
    • Master of Business Administration

    Location: Online

    Columbia International University Request Info »
  • California University of Pennsylvania

    Recognized by the U.S. News and World Report for: Best Online Programs, Bachelor’s 2017, Best Online Programs, Grad Education 2017 and Best Online Programs, Bachelor’s for Veterans 2017

    Programs

    • Wellness Coaching (Master of Science) - Online
    • Dual Concentration: Performance Enhancement, Wellness Coaching (Master of Science) - Online
    • Sport Psychology (Certificate) - Online
    • More...
    Location:
    California: 250 University Ave,, California PA 15419
    California University of Pennsylvania Request Info »
  • Intercoast Colleges

    Get your career started with Intercoast Colleges.

    Programs

    • Business Technology
    • Alcohol & Drug Counseling Studies
    • Online Alcohol & Drug Counseling Studies

    Location: Online

    Intercoast Colleges Request Info »
  • Matching School Ads

    Quick School Search

    College & Career Search Tools

    • Careers: Unsure about your career path? Study profiles of hundreds of professions.

    • Interviews: Professors and deans sit down with our team to give you unique insights on college life.

    • Military Education: Find only Military friendly online schools and campuses.

    • Student Reviews: Know before you go. Read student reviews on over 2000 accredited colleges. Write your own experience.