The online experience is interesting. I’ve been a police officer for 32 years in a variety of assignments and for me…it was a tremendous exchange of information.
STEVE HEATH: I chose a program because I wanted to attend a university that had a reputation for excellence in education. I believe that a combination of my professional experience, in addition to having the academic credentials from this university really positioned me ahead of people as I start to look at post-retirement opportunities.
It makes it essentially easy for me to go to school. I could not do it on ground. I'm a husband, I'm a father, and I'm a career professional. And online allows me to attend school without sacrificing any of my other responsibilities.
It's really interesting because what you're bringing in is a wide variety of perspectives. I've been a police officer for 32 years in a variety of assignments, and as it comes together, for me, it was a tremendous exchange of information.
The Blackboard environment had some challenges, but the IT people were terrific. They worked along with me as well as other students to try to solve some problems that we had early on.
Being a nontraditional student, being older, and being in the field for a while, it was nice to have an exchange where you were recognized as a professional and you were treated as such when you were involved in conversation. It was just a really rewarding feeling.