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Degree: Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
Graduation Year: 2020

Knowing my particular learning style, I was a bit apprehensive when the only workable section of Business Statistics for my schedule was offered on-line. I usually perform best in a traditional class environment. The combination of an on-line class and the challenging nature of the material to be covered contributed to my nervousness. I found however, that it was not as bad as I had imagined. Do not get me wrong, there is a lot of work involved, but with the detailed lecture notes, assigned readings, homework problems, E-labs and computational tools, and most importantly Dr. A's encouragement you can succeed in this course. It was exciting to be able to apply certain concepts learned in the course to an actual work assignment I was doing at the time. The ability to apply one concept in the "real world" encouraged me to look for ways to incorporate the other concepts learned. Thank you very much Professor A. I can truly say that out of all the statistics class that I have taken I learned the most in this one. In the past it was a matter of just going through the motions, but the way this course was run and the way the supplementary materials were provided above and beyond just reading the book, made things clearer and easier for me to understand. I fee like I "know" statistics. Thank you again. I felt this was a valuable course and allowed me to get a good grasp of how statistics can be applied in business. The course was well taught and organized and Dr. A. was always very responsive, which I find helpful in and online class. The lectures notes are extremely are detailed and help you to comprehend the material. The websites and Elabs also provided additional information that helped me to comprehend the material. Even for those with statistical background, this is an excellent course that teaches you the application of statistics in business. Dr. A. was one of the most professional and understanding instructors I have had at the University of Baltimore. He was very responsive to student's questions and was very fair in the grading process. Although his class was difficult, I believe that he helped students grasp very complex statistical subjects. The work assigned was time-consuming and demanding, but did prepare the student thoroughly for the mid-term and final exams. Although I had the option of taking this class at a community college, I took it from Dr. A. because I was told that he was one of the best at communicating the concepts. I was not disappointed. I truly enjoyed this class and really liked the student-professor interaction. I get nervous when I take online classes because you just never know. I appreciated your fast responses to all the questions that I asked. It was a pleasure to be in your statistics class this semester. During the first week of this class, I was overwhelmed by how much work we were required to do. You need to finish the homework in the textbook, which is probably the only required homework for most of other classes, redefine the keywords learned in the week, review some Web sites, and experiment a few E-lab tools. Needless to say, the first week of the class was hectic for me. However, once I settled in the pace of this class, I understood the importance of all these exercises. Although I don't like a professor to keep me too busy, I have to say that I cannot find any better way to teach this class than the way Dr. A. is teaching. All those exercises link to each other and help you understand the course contents deeply. You can see how much efforts and thoughts that Dr. A. has put into this class. This is one of the most enriched online classes that I have ever taken. If you will take this class, my advice to you is plan ahead, organize your time, and stick to your schedule. You will learn more than you can hope for. I really enjoyed this class. I thought the amount of materials were just right. I would recommend this class to anyone who is interested in business decision-making. It provides you with tools that enable you to be objective, thoughtful, and a careful in your daily business activities. It requires you to think through the numbers, see beyond the obvious. You might have seen so many business leaders making decision on the fly. They seem so intuitive. Are they really? I thought that each and every businessperson must be required to take this course. It is this simple; the decision made by a businessperson affects not only her but others surrounding her. It is not an important course; it is a critical course.I would like to add my "thanks" to those of the other students. I am pleased to report a very positive learning experience for my first (and not to be the last) Web course. You are to be commended for the time and effort you put forth to develop the on-line course and to maintain contact with the students. I believe the learning experience is based on what the student puts into the class. No matter where or how you take it, if you give it all your effort and utilize the resources available, you will do well. One thing that is weird for me about this class is that I feel like I have developed a better relationship with Prof. A. than any other professor so far in the MBA program. Even though I have not seen him or talked to him in person, I feel like I get more individualized attention based on the email responses. Thank you for a very educational semester. I certainly agree that we are getting more individualized attention. I do feel freer to ask questions. As compared to the other web class that I am taking I feel that this class has offered me so much more as in the way of flexibility, attention from the professor, quicker responses on e-mails and a better understanding of the course material. As a full-time federal employee, I value the ability to "attend" Prof. A's class when it best suits me, within the weekly constraints of his program of course. I agree on the value of distance-and Web-based learning. Especially the notion that I have gotten to know Prof. A. almost better than if we had an in-person class. There is certainly the objective aspect of one-on-one emails, which requires both parties to be proactive. Thanks for a great learning experience. I enjoyed the class thoroughly and look forward to applying my new skills. I really enjoyed this class in the Web based format. I had a very busy spring as I took two classes, started a business, and had a baby, all during the last 4 months. The flexibility of the course made it possible for me to get the work done. Thanks for your quick responses all semester long. Professor Dr. A. was wonderful. I have had him for other class and he is excellent on the web class too. A definite recommendation for him in this class! Assignment is worthwhile & valuable. I believe that web students are able to receive more individual attention from the professor than they would in the classroom setting. This, in turn, allows me to understand the material as I receive personalized comments and specific feedback from the professor. I have enjoyed your class and I have learned a lot. A. was always available for consultation & made the "Web-based" class more enjoyable. He was very helpful and willing to put forth the time to make the web program work, his close rapport with students was positive and goal oriented. Prof. A. was engaging and thought provoking, and responsive to his Web-based Students. I would readily take another course with him. Readings Web site material was appropriates, relevant and useful. Other assignments were concentrated on relevant topics. I found the course to be one of the most interesting and valuable in my MBA training. The useful tools and guidelines for decision making offer managers the resources that are needed to assist with important strategies and planning for a firm. The tangible analysis that assigns measurable values to decision alternatives is critically important to assess the correct course of action. One can easily find real world applications for this vital teaching. This was the second course I have had with Dr. A. I must admit that I was delighted with his teaching methods, inspiration, dedication, and enthusiasm. The use of the www, software package, text problems, and readings was quite appropriate and thought provoking. Dr. A's dedication to the educational process is clearly seen throughout this program. His willingness to work with his students is beyond compare. It is no small wonder he is a "Distinguished Research Professor of Statistics and Decision Science." I highly recommend Dr. A. and wish all those that follow, best wishes. Business Statistics and Dr. A., one could not have asked for a better combination. As a student, I really appreciate when I take good classes that have good professors. However, when I took Business Statistics, I got a great class and a great professor. Dr. A. really transforms Business Statistics into the "Joy of Statistics." Before taking this class, I was oblivious to the important role that Business Statistics plays in the many aspects of our daily living. I have been enlightened in a way that I never thought was possible, and I will treasure the knowledge that I have gained throughout my career and throughout my life. Thanks to Dr. A., I am a Management Scientist. Professor A. definitely knows his stuff. However, this alone does not a good teacher makes! Two other things made this course notable for me. First, Professor A. has taken a fairly complex subject and taught it in a meaningful and understandable way. Second, Professor A. has a passion for helping a student along this learning process. He challenged us as students but provided careful guidance along the way. Although not an expert, I have the understanding that I need to be a more effective decision-maker in the business world. Having recently completed this class I'd like to pass along some feedback. Overall I felt the course was very valuable. Understanding Business Statistics and the tools that can help bring better solutions to complex decisions is a skill I will use in both my business and personal life. The class draws upon many different learning techniques. Each week you have readings from the text, professor A's lecture notes, and many supporting web sites. Problems from the text reinforce the concepts each week and the use of computer package to solve problems allows hands on learning of the tool. The class is structured so that each week you are reinforcing what was learned in previous weeks as well as learning new concepts and tools. In addition to my understanding of Business Statistics I have the knowledge of many web sites, which I can continue to browse and use as a reference in the future. Thanks Prof. A. for another valuable class

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Degree: Communication and Media Studies, Other
Graduation Year: 2012

The application, financial, and course selection processes were relatively simple. After the first semester, most "office" tasks can be completed online so you do not have to schedule multiple meeting each semester to maintain enrollment. This was helpful to me as I was working 30 hours a week when completing my degree. There was an appropriate selection of classes offered all semesters - I was actually able to graduate a semester early. There are no all online degrees offered, but there are many individual classes offered online. I felt prepared to enroll in a four-year program after completing my degree at SVCC. I would definitely recommend the college to anyone in the area as a great financial alternative to starting at a more expensive four year school to begin his or her degree or career path.

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