Kathleen Goularte, '16
The fact that UNE offers the online environment option is a flexibility I really needed to provide time for my personal life, work, leisure time, and college goals. An important feature offered by UNE is the national accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), necessary for licensing in most states to acquire the Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) qualification. Additionally, the University of New England is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
UNE also has excellent qualified professors that provide the necessary feedback to ensure I obtain the highest level of education possible to pursue any career in social work. The program coordinators and financial advisors are very knowledgeable to provide the necessary information and support to understand everything a student needs complete my master’s degree, and help with any financial concerns along the way.
The online Blackboard is user-friendly and provides access to fellow colleagues and students to learn from in discussions. UNE offers workshops to help with assignments, a library providing the necessary research to gain additional knowledge through peer-review publications, articles, and journals. The website at UNE has access to alumni, registration, tools and resources, books, and email to keep the student abreast of current events, important news, and information to complete your degree. The classroom assignments and materials are easy to access and understand. The librarian is readily available whenever a student has a question and responds immediately. Technical support follows up and performs quality services to help with any computer or programming issues.
I have enjoyed the videos offered to gain knowledge in the professional social work industry. It is extremely nice to have visual capabilities for those learners who need the hands-on stimulation. Every class project has been essentially important to my professional development because at this point I am a sponge that soaks in all the material necessary to become the highest qualified professional to help others in need. The choice of materials, articles, and books for the courses is phenomenal and great learning tools.
The library offers all the necessary research to complete each assignment in every course. I enjoy the classroom assignment discussions most of all because you receive a variety of information from people of every walk of life, and from different age groups, gender, race, ethnicity, environments, and educational background.
The online environment is the best invention since automobiles, and I am grateful that this discovery has provided me with the opportunity to meet new students, professors, and learn in different and innovative ways.