Carroll University stands upon its Four Pillars of Education Experience: integrated knowledge, gateway experiences, lifelong skills and enduring values. Integrated knowledge emphasizes a liberal arts education that makes interdisciplinary connections and includes a wide breadth of study. Lifelong skills will help students adapt to a rapidly changing world by teaching them to work with modern technology, to think critically and creatively, and to communicate clearly. A Carroll education will also instill students with an awareness of the consequences of their actions on the world around them and with a strong system of personal values. The university also helps students through the transitional or gateway experiences of education by preparing incoming students for university life and helping graduates transition into careers or secondary schools. Most importantly, students develop a desire and a capacity to continue their learning long after graduation.
Considered a “pioneer college,” Carroll was founded in 1841 by settlers in the territory that would soon after become the state of Wisconsin. The early patrons believed the institution would help civilize the frontier and build the foundation for democracy. Carroll is Presbyterian affiliated and strives to demonstrate Christian values.
Carroll University’s online courses match their on-campus counterparts in academic excellence, yet allow students the convenience and flexibility of creating their own schedule and participating in classes and assignments anytime and anywhere there is Internet access. Courses are available in accounting, art history, business, communication, computer science, economics, education, history, philosophy, religion, sociology and software engineering. Online summer courses are accelerated and may require work experience. Anyone can sign up for summer classes. Full time students will need special permission to take online classes in the fall or spring.
There are no scheduled class times, but there are due dates for assignments and students can expect to work as hard and spend as much time studying for an online class as an on-site class. Some classes combine online portions with one or more in-class sessions. The university extends its online class offerings through its collaboration with the Online Consortium of Independent Colleges and Universities (OCICU). This means that Carroll students can take online classes not only from Carroll professors, but also from Regis University, Southern New Hampshire, and Saint Leo University. Undergraduate online courses cost $377 per credit; graduate level engineering courses are $475, and graduate education courses are $380 per credit. To qualify for financial aid, students must be degree-seeking and enrolled in at least six credits. Ninety-eight percent of students receive financial aid.
On-site classes take sixteen weeks, whereas the same curriculum fits into eight weeks in the online course. Therefore, students should expect to work quickly and rigorously and should have good academic standing. Students must be comfortable working with the Internet, email, and word processor. In addition, students must be self-motivated, organized, independent, and must manage their time well. Distance learning is not for procrastinators