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Letter from Dr. Merodie Hancock
I want to take a moment to express my sincere gratitude for all of our dedicated
and professional faculty. CMU programs thrive because of the educational quality
we bring to each and every learning experience. Our combination of theoretical
and applied faculty bring our students the best of a traditional academic
experience with the added texture of real world application and knowledge. We
believe this combined learning opportunity places CMU programs above all others
– and our students continuously reinforce that belief as they complete our
programs and move through very successful careers. As a faculty member you may
not always get to hear their appreciation years later, but we do and we want to
pass it on to those who deserve the thanks.
Like many of you, I have been involved with adult, military, and non-traditional
education for many years, including extensive teaching in classrooms (some nice
some not so nice) and online. Over the decades we have seen significant advances
in this industry as distance learning matured from those awful “virtual”
sessions (that looked like we were all teaching in a disco lounge with strobe
lights) to the days of ITV, IVAN, and more recently to synchronous and
asynchronous online options. In addition, the numbers and types of providers and
programs has expanded exponentially and left many students more than a bit
confused on how and where to continue their education.
I am very pleased to say that at CMU we have stayed consistent in providing our
students solid programs through solid delivery channels, while still embracing
new technologies that can enhance learning. We work with industry and employers
when developing new programs to ensure they meet the needs of our students today
and tomorrow. We thoroughly test out new teaching and delivery methods and do
not use them until we have the confidence that they will provide the high level
learning experience our students know and expect. We also invest heavily in a
team of student services and learning support professionals to make sure CMU
students are able to focus their energies on a first-rate learning experience
and not on administrative processes. I tell you this because all of the “behind
the scenes” work is what allows your efforts with our students to shine.
Again, please accept my appreciation for the dedication, experience, and
knowledge you bring to our classrooms – in each and every format. You are the
face of the CMU experience and it is because of you that our students do so well
in their academic and professional endeavors.
Merodie A. Hancock, Ph.D.
Vice President Global Campus
Central Michigan University
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