Summer Registration Dates

 

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Welcome back guys!  We apologize for not getting a lot of information out to you recently but we had some technical work done that limited our access to the blog this past week.  Today we wanted to inform all of our students about some of the important dates coming up for those people that want to register for summer courses.  This year, registration for summer courses will begin a little earlier than in the past few years as students will be able to register for their summer courses next Monday (March 4) and registration will continue through May 9 for online courses and May 25 for on-campus courses.  Courses are now available to be viewed in the Course Search menu.

New students are only eligible to register for coursework if they’ve completed an application, paid their $50 application fee, and submitted a transcript that shows degree conferral from a regionally-accredited institution that also meets the program’s prerequisites of the program where they would like to take coursework.  Once you’ve submitted all of these documents, you can follow the instructions on our Course Registration webpage to complete your registration!  Returning students can sign up for coursework on MyUSJ.

If you have any questions, please send us an email at graduate@usj.edu

Note: The summer semester is split into two modules but registration for either module must be completed by the deadline above. Fall registration is scheduled to begin sometime in early April.

-Marshall

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The Benefits of Online Learning

Found this article written on the Huffington Post blog with good perspective on the value of an online education.  Enjoy!

“I strongly believe that the future of higher education lies with online learning. Increasingly, colleges and university students now find themselves with other obligations beyond that of getting a degree. Jobs and family commitments make equal demands on their time. Having the option of taking online classes and studying on their own time is critically important. At the same time, many state institutions are unable to accommodate all those who want to take classes on campus, escalating the demand for online learning.”  (Continue Reading here…)

Keep in mind the University of Saint Joseph has:

3 online Master degee programs (Biology, Biochemistry, and Nutrition) with a fourth on the way (Chemistry)

2 online Graduate Certificate programs (Emerging Diseases and Gerontology)

1 online Doctorate program (Doctorate of Nursing Practice)

More information about these programs is available here

 

-Marshall

Posted in Outside Resources

Self-Serve Portlet

We’ve got a lot of positive feedback about our self-serve portlet which allows every new applicant to check the status of their admission file from home or work and we’d like to extend the opportunity to some of our students who might have applied prior to the introduction of this service!  Simply send us an email (graduate@usj.edu) and we’ll make sure you an email within two business days on how to access this service!     

-Marshall

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Live Chat Available

The Office of Graduate Admissions has added a live chat feature to their Graduate Admissions webpage (www.usj.edu/graduate) for applicants, students, or anyone looking for more information to be able to ask questions directly to our staff!  Just click anywhere on the “Chat Now” box or the “We are here” arrow in the bottom right corner of the screen and you’ll be able to talk directly to us (once you supply the name and email address fields.)  If there is no box, it simply means that none of our staff is available at that time!

We plan to keep the chat feature open all day during business hours which are 8:30am-7:00pm Monday-Wednesday and 8:30am-4:30pm Thursday-Friday.

-Marshall

Posted in New Features

Campus Closing Early

Campus is closing at 4:00pm today so all on-campus graduate courses are cancelled this evening.  All students in the off-campus education programs should check with the district where their courses are being run to determine whether classes are still in session this evening.

If you would like to get USJ Alerts, please visit http://ww2.usj.edu/e2c/secure%20alerts/index.html to set up messaging that can be sent to you via email or cell phone. 

We wish everyone safe travels on their way home this evening!

-Marshall

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Investing in Yourself

Most people think of investing as an external practice instead of something that can be done internally. For example, some folks will invest in real estate, stocks, bonds or even gold bars before considering investing in themselves. A recent article from CNNMoney makes a direct correlation between level of education attained and employment gains during a difficult economy.

 If you’re still not sure about going back to school, perhaps this article will give you some incentive: Jobs Recovery Favors Highly Educated Workers.

Luis

Posted in Other Readings

A New Beginning

As we draw closer to the start of a college semester I always wonder what new graduate students are thinking about. Are they excited about doing something new or is anxiety setting in? After all, many have spent weeks submitting official transcripts, letters of recommendations, and other admission requirements to get to this point. I read tons of letters where students write about why they’re attending graduate school. As you can imagine there is a wide and extensive range of reasons. Some folks need a master’s degree to augment their credentials, others to make more money, and yet others to advance their knowledge in a particular subject. Whatever the reason, the overriding theme is to do something for themselves that will enhance their lives and sometimes, the lives of others.

There is a new challenge ahead and many new graduate students worry about being good enough to compete. Upon making the decision to apply to one of our programs, one student suggested, “this is life or death for me.” I don’t believe she was being literal, but instead used a little shock value to communicate how serious she is about obtaining her master’s degree. She later said she needed to “make up” for her poor undergraduate academic performance. I try to get students to understand there is little value in worrying about making amends for something in the past. The focus should be on today and the actions necessary to succeed at the graduate level. Sacrifices will have to be made and I am clear about advising graduate students to carve out anywhere between 15-25 hours per week/per class to complete assignments, readings & study time.

It seems when I start something new there is usually a combination of anxiety, fear of failing or having second thoughts (did I make the right decision?) We train ourselves to understand these feelings as part of the process but must be quick to quiet what I like to call “doubtful noise” in order to move confidently towards accomplishing our goals. Ultimately, attending graduate school is worth it, but it matters more what you do with the graduate school experience and how you use it upon completion. We are only a couple of weeks into 2013 and many have chosen to start graduate school in order to spark a new beginning. For that, I salute you!

Warm regards,

Luis

Posted in Other Readings

New Student Graduate Orientation

The University of Saint Joseph is hosting a New Student Graduate Orientation event on Monday, January 21st from 2:00 pm-4:30 pm in the Bruyette Anthenaeum. This event is designed for students who have been accepted to a graduate program.

At Orientation you will meet faculty members, attend presentations by the Center for Academic Excellence and Public Safety, as well as receive your student identification card and parking pass. There will be information about other services USJ offers its graduate students as well.  Light snacks will be served. For more information, please call Luis Moyano at 860.231.5381.

Luis

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Spring Deadlines

Hello 2013!  We welcome everyone back to our blog as our office (and the entire institution) had from December 21-January 1 off to celebrate the holiday break!  We hope everyone had an enjoyable two weeks that included getting to spend some time with loved ones away from work!

Now that we are back in the swing of things, I want to note that students interested in taking coursework for spring really need to get a move on getting to the point where they’re eligible to do so!  Many of our programs are at or near capacity in terms of available seats in their respective coursework and others are only registering students for the next two weeks!  Below are a few deadlines to keep in mind if you’d like to register for spring courses:

Jan 17 – Deadline for new students to register for online courses

Jan 22 – Deadline for returning students to register for online courses

Jan 22- Start of spring semester

Jan 25 – Deadline to drop online courses

Jan 31 - Deadline to add on-campus courses

Feb 5 – Deadline to drop on-campus courses

For those students interested in registered for summer or fall, courses will be listed in the Course Search feature of MyUSJ sometime in late February or early March and students will be eligible to register for coursework shortly thereafter. 

-Marshall

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New Biology Student

One last post before the holiday break!  We saw this “student” walking around campus today so we had to just let all the Biology students know who might be sitting next to them in class.  Fassy is a llama who lives on a farm in Ashford, CT and routinely makes trips to campus to West Hartford for “classes.”  Have a great break everyone!

Note: No llamas were hurt in the taking of this picture! :)

-Marshall

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