The Inspiring Reason So Many Working Adults Are Returning To School

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Working adults are returning to school in record numbers. With college enrollment up for students of all ages, the highest growth rate is within the 25 to 34-year-old range. The National Center for Educational Statistics reports that a number of students in the 25 – 34 age group has grown 52 percent from 1998 to 2012 and is projected to grow another 23 percent by 2023.

These students once classified as “non-traditional”, many with families and careers are emerging as the

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Dr. Thomas Stewart: The Changing Landscape of Higher Education 

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This article is based on a 2016 interview with Dr. Thomas Stewart, President of Patten University. As an advocate for high quality yet affordable higher education, Dr. Stewart has a unique history and an interesting perspective on enabling students to reach higher educational goals. He became president of Patten University in July 2013, and has since worked with all University stakeholders to maintain accreditation standards and improve educational programs

In this interview, Dr. Stewart shares his passion and his commitment to

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Student Voice: Stacey Tupper Gives Thanks


Before I enrolled at Patten, I had many college credits from the past but nothing that equaled a degree. Patten is making it possible for me to finally finish a degree in something that I love. I was a scholastic vagabond who couldn’t finish anything. After i finish my program and get my bachelor degree, Lord willing, I will continue on to get my Master’s degree. Patten University is the way to go. I love the fact that I can

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National Teacher Appreciation Day 2016


In honor of National Teacher Appreciation Day, Marc Porter, Vice President of Academic Affairs shared the following message with Patten University Students:

Today is National Teacher Appreciation Day 2016. I have the pleasure of working one-on-one with your professors at Patten every day. They rank among the finest faculty teams I have ever worked with in my many years in academe. I want to personally thank them for their professionalism and dedication to our students and for helping make this one of

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Student Voice: Thomas Povanda Says “Just Do It!”

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As the Director of Global Reliability, Engineering & Maintenance in the pharmaceutical industry, finding a work/life balance can be challenging. My work schedule has me on the road 60-70% with 50% being out of the United States. When I’m not traveling, my time is devoted to my fantastic wife and two sons. Pursuing an MBA at this point in my life (slightly over 50) would be out of the question for most people. But Patten’s online program is making that

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Student Voice: Jimmie Maricle Gets Strategic About Management


After 26 years of marriage, I’ve learned that the best things in life are worth working for. As department manager for a major U.S. food retailer, I realized to continue driving my success, I’d need to raise my value to the company. To do this, I’d have to go back to school.

But how? My managerial position requires 50+ hours per week; along with my family and personal interests, this leaves little time for a traditional, in-class program.

Then I came across

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Student Voice: Christina Owens Powers Up Her Career Path


After 13 years with a large company in the Financial Services industry, I had gone as far as I could without a degree. The time had come in my professional career to go back to school and finally earn my Bachelor’s Degree.

Throughout my 13 year career, my advancement had been fueled by hard work, dedication, and experience. I was certainly blessed to have been able to advance and promote within my organization to my current Managerial position. But as I

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Study Voice: Bright Future For Ashley White

Ashley White Discusses Why Earning a Master's Degree Online Was Important To The Family

As an Orange County Deputy Sheriff, Justin White knew having his Master’s Degree would help position him for long-term success. But with long work hours and a wedding to plan, he and his wife, Ashley thought it would be hard to find a program to fit into their busy lives.

How did you and your husband choose Patten?
He was researching potential schools for earning his MBA in Strategic Management. He came across Patten and said “Ashley this MBA program offers

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Student Voice: Justin White | MBA Strategic Management

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Justin White, the first MBA graduate of Patten University’s online program. This milestone opened the door to next phase of Patten’s rich history by expanding course offerings to include online degree programs.

What fueled Justin in earning his degree?
As an Orange County Deputy Sheriff, Justin was no stranger to making major life decisions. With over 3,000 people in his department, he knew having his MBA in Strategic Management would differentiate him and help position him for promotional opportunities and long-term

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Patten Ranked Among Best Master’s in Finance Programs


Patten is honored to be rank among the 2016 Best Master’s in Finance Programs by Go Grad. Post-secondary institutions across the nation are making strides to update finance programs in order to ensure students continue developing analytical skills. Being recognized as among the best of these universities shows that Patten has succeeded in going above and beyond the standard to meet those needs.

“The employment projection for this industry is expected to expand by 13 percent between 2012 to 2022.

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