CEPH Accreditation in UNE Online Public Health Programs

UNE Online’s Graduate Programs in Public Health are excited to announce our successful reaccreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). The Council met June 13-15, 2019 and awarded UNE a 7-year accreditation – the maximum amount of time possible under CEPH guidelines. CEPH is an independent agency and the only organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the official accrediting body for public health schools and programs in the United States. CEPH accreditation is a rigorous peer-review process designed to ensure that a program’s curriculum meets set standards for high-quality education and training. Download our Public Health Program Guide Evolving public health education The University of New England’s Graduate Programs in Public Health first earned… Read more >>
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Meet our Team: Colby Averill

Colby Averill, Enrollment Counselor Colby Averill is an enrollment counselor at UNE Online and has been with the team since 2014. Colby obtained both his Bachelor’s degree and MBA from Thomas College. While at Thomas College, Colby was a superstar baseball player and went on to coach during his time as an MBA student. Colby also served as a Student Ambassador while at Thomas College, acting as a liaison to the college for prospective students. Transitioning to an enrollment counselor at UNE Online was a natural fit for Colby as he excels at connecting with prospective students, and enjoys guiding them through the challenging decision-making process. He’s also an exemplary team player and is always willing to lend a hand. Outside of his work… Read more >>
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Learning efficiently: 6 steps to success in your online graduate education

6 tips to becoming a successful online student The best thing about a self-paced program is that its self-paced. That’s also the worst thing about online learning. You’re a working professional, and odds are, you’ve worked from home before. Studying at home, just like working from home, is wonderful, convenient, and comfortable. It’s also easy to get off track. 6 strategies for success in online graduate classes 1. Turn off the distractions It’s tempting to play music or have a television on as background noise, and for some people, it can help set a relaxing environment, but the minute you find yourself distracted by it – turn it off. It may also help to visually pare down your study environment. I also came across some distraction-free writing toolsRead more >>
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New Education Legislation: Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

Monique Roy Education Legislation Through the Decades In December of 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which replaced the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2002.  This reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) attempted to address some of the issues that made No Child Left Behind a source of challenge and frustration for many school districts nationwide. While the policies of federal education reform legislation have changed over the decades, one goal has remained constant: close the achievement gaps between poor and minority students and the more advantaged. Elementary and Secondary Education Bill In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Elementary and Secondary Education Bill into law as part of the “War on Poverty”… Read more >>
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Meet Our Team: Alexandra Legere

Alexandra Legere, Enrollment Counselor Alexandra Legere is an enrollment counselor. She also stars in UNE Online’s Facebook Live videos answering your questions about UNE, the application process, and graduate school. As an enrollment counselor, Allie enjoys hearing the passion in potential student’s voices and working with them as they take charge of their futures by applying to graduate school. At UNE Online, students are our top priority, and their success is what drives each and every one of us to do what we do. We’d like to share a little bit about the people that are dedicated to making that happen every day. What do you do at UNE Online? I am an Enrollment Counselor for the Public Health, Applied Nutrition and Health Informatics… Read more >>
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Online Learning at UNE - what you need to know

Fireside Chat 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 timeline of the student experience At the very start – the process When you begin your application, you will have a dedicated Enrollment Counselor available to you, to guide you throughout the admissions process. They provide assistance with your application and advise you during your application process so you’re able to put your very best foot forward. Each program has… Read more >>
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How does an online course work at UNE Online?

UNE Online Course Guide 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. Using a typical public health course as an example, this post discusses the “who, what, where, when, and how” of taking a class online at the University of New England. We’ll take a look at how this sample online public health course is structured, what’s expected of you, what resources are available to you, and more. 1. Course outline: the syllabus The majority of online… Read more >>
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NECHE (NEASC) Accredited - What it means & why it’s important

NECHE logo 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. In 2018, NEASC separated its higher education commission out into an individual organization called NECHE. This restructuring does not affect UNE’s accreditation status; from our perspective, it is simply a name change. About NECHE The New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) is now the federally recognized regional accreditor for the six New England States after assuming the business functions of the Commission previously managed by NEASC. The Commission states that its “dual role of quality assurance and quality improvement… Read more >>
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Meet Our Team: Carol Le

Carol Le, Enrollment Counselor, Graduate Programs in Public Health Carol Le is an Enrollment Counselor here at UNE Online, helping students build their strongest application. In particular, she’s an expert at advising students on their goal statements, and her favorite part of the job is emailing students to congratulate them once they’ve been accepted. She’s also a restaurant aficionado and is working on trying every restaurant Portland has to offer…which will be an impressive feat once she completes it! At UNE Online, students are our top priority, and their success is what drives each and every one of us to do what we do. We’d like to share a little bit about the people that are dedicated to making that happen every day. What do you do at UNE… Read more >>
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Meet Our Team: Holland Wegner

Holland Wegner, Enrollment Counselor At UNE Online, students are our top priority and their success is what drives each and every one of us to do what we do. We’d like to share a little bit about the people on our team who are dedicated to making that happen every day. Holland Wegner is an Enrollment Counselor for our advanced degree programs in Health Informatics and Applied Nutrition. Holland enjoys building relationships with prospective students and likes knowing that the conversations he has with them might spark a significant and positive life change. When Holland isn’t on campus at the UNE Online office, he can be found spending time outdoors, experimenting with photography, or exploring Portland’s many cultural offerings. What do you do… Read more >>
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Meet Our Team: Lucas Good

Lucas Good, Enrollment Counselor Lucas Good is an Enrollment Counselor for our advanced degree programs in Education here at UNE Online. Lucas not only studied elementary education, but is also a certified teacher. So if anyone knows what it’s like to be a teacher and apply to one of our Education programs, it’s Lucas. He also loves pizza, ice cream and the ocean. At UNE Online students are our top priority, and their success is what drives each and every one of us to do what we do. We’d like to share a little bit about the people that are dedicated to making that happen every day. What do you do at UNE Online? I’m an Enrollment Counselor here at UNE, and I work… Read more >>
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Online Admissions: How to write a letter of recommendation

Letter of Recommendation Some, but not all, of our programs require letters of recommendation. What makes a great letter of recommendation? A letter of recommendation is a formal document that schools use to help judge whether or not you as a student will be a good fit at that university. There are several key elements of a good letter of recommendation.  First impressions, style, format, referring person, relevant content and of course – spelling – are all carefully considered elements. First impressions are important As a formal letter, the format is important. The format of your letter is like a first impression. Purdue has a great resource that you can use as a guide to brush up on the basics of a good… Read more >>
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Science Prerequisites for Health Professions - Why These Courses are Unique

Lending a helping hand with an online science prerequisite course UNE Online offers many great degrees and certificate programs; however, did you know that we also offer individual science prerequisite courses? From Microbiology to General Chemistry, these courses can be taken anywhere in the world! Students who enroll in our science prerequisite courses are typically students who wish to enter a health professions program but need one or two courses to fill a gap in their transcript. Have we caught your attention? Keep reading to learn more! How are these courses set up differently than courses in matriculated programs? Our science prerequisite courses have a 16-week completion time and they have no due dates, meaning students can complete earlier if desired! Another great aspect of these individual courses is the… Read more >>
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ESSA: Changes in Certification for Special Ed Teachers

Special Education Certifications As noted in our previous blog New Education Legislation: Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the Every Student Succeeds Act reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. It was also noted in the blog post, that this new act would bring changes, and changes have already begun in the State of Maine. On May 16th, the Maine Department of Education sent out a Priority Notice to inform Maine school administrators of amendments to the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) which deals primarily with special education. The Priority Notice Requirement 34 CFR Section 602(10)(B) mandated that a person employed as a special education teacher in elementary school, middle school, or secondary school must have obtained full certification as a Read more >>
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2016 U.S. News and World Report Best Online Programs in Graduate Education

2016 U.S. News and World Report Best Online Programs in Grad Education UNE Online is pleased to be chosen as one of the 2016 U.S. News and World Report Best Online Programs in Graduate Education.   “Our 2016 Best Colleges listing reflects UNE’s commitment to delivering an outstanding return on investment.” – UNE President Danielle N. Ripich, Ph.D.   The U.S. News and World Report ranking takes into account: Total enrollment Student engagement Faculty credentials Student services and technology Admissions selectivity Number of part-time and full-time faculty Tenured or tenure-track faculty Categories of study offered Is degree earned entirely online Student retention rates Graduation rate This recognition is a credit to UNE’s expert faculty, robust curriculum, and our successful graduates. Through the graduate programs in Education, UNE students acquire the knowledge and… Read more >>
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UNE Announces New Online Master’s Degree in Applied Nutrition

Applied Nutrition The University of New England’s College of Graduate and Professional Studies is excited to announce the opening of a new online Master of Science in Applied Nutrition. The mission of the Master of Science in Applied Nutrition is to prepare individuals for leadership roles in the nutrition field, to advance knowledge and expand skills that promote excellence and innovation in all areas of nutrition practice, and to emphasize evidence-based best practices to support the well-being and health outcomes of individuals, families, and communities through education, research, and service. New program, experienced leadership UNE Online welcomes Elizabeth Dodge, M.S., Ph.D. to the role of Applied Nutrition Program Director. Dodge joins the College with more than twelve years of experience in the… Read more >>
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Health Informatics Informational Webinar

Health Informatics Webinar Are you interested in Health Informatics, but not quite sure what it is? View the Webinar! ‘What to Expect from a Degree or Certificate in Health Informatics’ UNE Online is now offering two online health informatics programs designed to prepare the next generation of clinical, IT, and data experts: Master of Science in Health Informatics and Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics. These innovative programs are specifically designed to quickly build the capacity of public health, clinical, analyst and IT professionals to engage in the design, implementation and utilization of clinical or public health data systems. Informatics is experiencing a strong trend of growth – position yourself for success! View the recorded webinar to learn about emerging health trends, the range… Read more >>
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What Does Rolling Admissions Mean?

Rolling Admissions What does rolling admissions mean? Rolling admissions at UNE means that we process applications and accept students as we receive their applications. It’s that simple! But there’s a catch… Be proactive and be rewarded We have a specific amount of spots to fill in the cohort, and once the spots are filled, they’re filled. Applying early could help your chances of admission. The admissions process for graduate school at UNE Online Our admissions team at UNE Online is continually reviewing and working toward streamlining the admissions process. We have made great strides in improving our process to make it faster and more efficient for you, and we continue to push for improvements. We try very hard to make this process… Read more >>
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Should you earn a Graduate Degree in Education?

UNE Online Education MSE Infographic Could a Graduate Degree in Education be for you? Are you already a teacher, looking for a way to advance your career? Are you looking at a career change and always thought you might be a great teacher?  We put together this infographic so you can see, at a glance, the motivations behind why other people get their MSED, CAGS and Post-Master’s Certificates in Education. Of course, the various reasons people get their Graduate Degree in Education are as unique as the people themselves, but as you might imagine there are also several unifying themes behind going after that higher ed degree. Top among the reasons that people get a secondary degree? Career advancement. Education is one of… Read more >>
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College Acceptance: How UNE Online creates a more inclusive environment for

platinum rule When looking for colleges, whether online or the more traditional brick and mortar, many students look at tangible areas. Questions often asked are: ‘How much will this cost?’ ‘How long is the program?’ ‘Are there residency requirements?’ ‘Is there a decent professor to student ratio?’ The list goes on and on. One question that is rarely asked of an institution is ‘How will you make me feel like an individual?’ On top of this, nobody ever asks ‘How will you respect and work with my identities and create an inclusive environment?’ Whether social identities (religious, gender, race, etc.) or personal identities (parent, athlete, full time employee, etc.), these are often areas that a person must work with to create… Read more >>
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UNE recognized for Best Online Graduate Programs

Best Online Masters Programs 2015 The University of New England has been recognized as one of the best online graduate schools by OnlineMastersPrograms.org for Best Online Master’s Programs in 2015. UNE achieved top rankings for both the Master of Public Health and Master of Social Work programs. The Best Online Graduate Programs ranking is valuable because it assists potential post-secondary online students in finding what they need to identify a reputable master’s program, succeed in the program, and land a career that makes the most of their higher education. Evaluated among thousands of online education programs, UNE’s online MPH and online MSW programs were reviewed based on a range of competency areas that include: Dedication to online education Investment in academic support services Rigor of… Read more >>
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UNE named to '50 Most Affordable Online Master's Degree' list

50 Most Affordable Online Master's Degrees for 2015 UNE’s Online College of Graduate and Professional Studies continues to shine with its latest appearance on a list of the 50 Most Affordable Online Graduate Schools for Master’s Degrees, released by Best Masters Programs. Best Masters Programs is an online guide offering reviews and rankings of top online master’s degree programs. According to Best Masters Programs, the universities and colleges in this list were determined by comparing tuition costs for schools that meet these criteria: Offer at least five online Master’s degree programs Offer Master’s degree programs that can be completed 100% online Have regional accreditation, the highest level of accreditation Out of the 50 schools that made the list, UNE represented the State of Maine at… Read more >>
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UNE named to Forbes' list of America's Top Colleges for 2014

Forbes Magazine Top Colleges 2014 The University of New England has been named to Forbes‘ list of America’s Top Colleges for 2014, a list that Forbes says is based on “output” and “return on investment.” Forbes‘ acknowledgment of the value of a University of New England degree follows similar recognition by Affordable Colleges Online, a website reporting on higher education affordability, which recently ranked UNE second in student return on investment (ROI) among 43 public and private colleges and universities in Maine. Forbes explains that “what sets our calculation of 650 colleges and universities apart from other rankings is our firm belief in “output” over “input.” We’re not all that interested in what gets a student into college, like our peers who Read more >>
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Get more out of your online education with... Facebook?

Facebook Because we feel Facebook doesn’t have *quite* enough content – we’ve created a new Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/UNE.Online But to be serious, there’s a lot to be gained from joining us on Facebook. The potential benefits of Facebook for students are not only limited to academic development, but also personal, social and career development. Online social networks allow you to interact with your fellow students, your professors, and strengthen your network for the future. We are serious about creating a positive learning environment at UNE Online, and we feel that creating yet another avenue for increased communication will be beneficial to your online learning experience. Backed by science Studies have proven that education-based social networks can be used efficiently and effectively… Read more >>
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