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I am currently enrolled in Purdue’s distance learning vet tech program. First off let me say I have completed a DL BS from the State University of New York online and am well versed in how DL programs operate. Although the academic rigor of the Purdue program is strong their DL operation disappoints and seems to be an ‘evolving’ process. If you are considering the Purdue VTDL program I would suggest you CAREFULLY read the question “What do I get for the money I pay for classes?” located in the FAQ section on the Purdue VTDL site (http://www.vet.purdue.edu/vettech/DL/faq.php). The answer actually says little about student support and more of the prestige of Purdue. In one sentence they curiously proclaim “It is no wonder that we take in fewer students and have the fewest graduates of the DL programs.” By my calculations that drop rate is in the range of 90%. Studies have shown that DL students do as well if not better than their in-class counterparts so the source of this poor performance points to other deficiencies. DL students are already highly motivated and it is not the program that will make you “self-motivated, mature, (and) self-disciplined” as Purdue states. If you do intend to go to Purdue you will need to be in a good practice setting that offers learning potential as well as having a strong mentor to overcome the deficits of the DL support. Purdue also suggests San Juan Community College’s DL program or Cedar Valley Community College program as ‘cheaper’ alternatives. I think they have good reputations and may be worth considering. I’ve been in business for many years and in the end no one cares which school you come from but rather the motivation and intellectual curiosity that drives you. Schools sometimes get their heads lost in the academic clouds and Purdue is, after all, just a big frog in a small pond.
I enjoyed my time at Purdue, mostly because the Linguistics program is composed of truly excellent faculty and there are always opportunities to gain experience through internships and research projects. I also think that majoring in an interdisciplinary field (Linguistics involves taking classes in speech science, English, foreign language, etc.) was a great way to incorporate a wider variety of classes and get a feel for different subjects. Purdue as a whole can be difficult to navigate; it is a really big school and most of the funding/effort goes to programs like engineering, but in spite of this the liberal arts school is top notch and offers a great education!
Being a non-traditional student, I thought I would have a hard time fitting in or even keeping up with the course load at a major university. I was warmly welcomed into Purdue by faculty and fellow students immediately. The classes were tough, but not impossible. Professors challenged you to think and not just memorize a bunch of facts to be regurgitated later then promptly forgotten; I use some of the key elements learned in numerous psych classes in my current job. Purdue has helped me meet the first step in my academic career, my bachelor's degree, and has prepared me for the next steps, graduate school.
I am completing a dual degree through Purdue and Indiana University for a Masters in Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration. My engineering undergraduate degree led me into the world of manufacturing learning about lean and Six Sigma methodologies. The program I was accepted into was distance learning and was perfect for my busy work schedule having to travel on a moments notice. I was able to take the lectures with me and watch them from home, at lunch if in the office, or from my hotel room if I was travelling. Interacting with the professors was never a problem. They are all very responsive to email and are aware of their distance learning students and will accommodate them in however fairly they can. I highly recommend a distance learning degree program. It has enabled me to land my dream job working as a Business Process Improvement Managers, where I get to be a part of all the departments in my company and work as a consultant to each to try and develop and improve difficult or problematic processes.