Chaminade University is excited to announce the redesign of its online undergraduate program — called Flex — that puts students in control of the pace of their course completion so they can decide how to weave instruction and classwork into their busy schedules.
The new program approach will launch in January 2022, while the existing model will be phased out.
Dr. Janet Davidson, vice provost at Chaminade, said Flex is an online undergraduate program designed with working adults in mind. It moves away from rigid term schedules and due dates, giving students the flexibility they need to achieve a work-life-school balance and make progress toward achieving their goals.
“We continuously look at our academic programs to ensure we’re meeting the needs of our students,” Davidson said. “Our new program allows students to drive the pace. They can decide when they complete their tests, when they complete assignments, when they complete the course.”
Under the Flex program model, students can take one or two courses at a time — or more if they choose — as they work toward their degree. And the pace of coursework rests with them. They can complete online courses in as few as six weeks. Or they can take their time, wrapping up a course in six months.
Davidson said the goal is to “really fit school into their busy lives.”
She added while online undergraduate students are gaining flexibility with the program redesign — so they can complete their degree at a pace that makes sense for them — they’re not losing any of the academic quality or rigor found in Chaminade’s traditional undergraduate offerings.
The Flex Online Undergraduate program is WSCUC-accredited and has a broad range of study disciplines, including business administration, criminology and criminal justice, historical and political studies, education and psychology.
Students will be able to complete courses wherever they are, even on the go.
Chaminade’s online learning platform allows students to log in through a desktop or use an app to complete classwork on their mobile devices. The user-friendly platform is home to all instruction and is also where students submit homework assignments, discussion responses, quizzes and tests.
Students can even message their professors through the platform.
And before they begin, they can have access to integrated tutorials on all the tools available to them.
Davidson added that while the Flex Online Undergraduate students complete their program online, they’ll still be part of the Chaminade ‘ohana — having access to the University’s strong network of support. Dedicated academic advisors will be on hand to help map out students’ journeys, create their own path to a degree and get over life’s speed bumps when they arise.
Students can reach out to their advisor online, via phone or in person.
The same goes for professors, who will be available to students at convenient times for individualized assistance and mentorship. The Career Development team is also available to online students, with workshops and counseling on resume building, interview preparation and other opportunities. Tutoring is another resource available to students, with services available online or in person.
“While the Flex online undergraduate program allows students to work independently, they won’t be alone,” Davidson said. “This program is about giving students greater flexibility so they can achieve their goals. And from the time they enroll until graduation day, and beyond, we’ll be with them — every step of the way.”