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Michael Maffucci

Michael Maffucci 2015 Graduate, Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration

"I felt like an online degree from LSU would still carry with it the prestige of a so-called traditionally obtained degree."

Degree Earned:

Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration

Job title and company:

Director of Student Life and Leadership: Pueblo Community College

How has earning this degree changed your career outlook?

My plan was to obtain the degree, which when combined with my experience, would make me an ideal candidate for promotions and future administrative positions. My outlook is the same, simply because I already had higher education administrative experience prior to beginning the program.

What was your single biggest takeaway from the program?

This is a tough question and very difficult to narrow down. I would have to say the biggest takeaway from the program would be the amount of knowledge obtained throughout the program. I've been able to reflect on experiences I've had in the past and apply reason to them. Also, my ability to write effective papers was drastically improved during the course. I struggled with APA at first, and am still not perfect, but Dr. Owens and the other professors coached me. I'm a much better writer now, which is essential in my position.

How much time a week did you spend on your studies?

20+ hours

Describe how having an online option made a degree more accessible for you.

As a full-time working professional at a community college, attending seated classes at a four-year institution an hour or more away was not an option. I only went back for my master's because it was available online.

What was one of the biggest challenges during the program, and how did you overcome it?

I had shoulder surgery during my first year in the program. A routine operation turned into ten weeks in a sling, four weeks out of work, and twelve weeks of therapy. Disability Resources actually got me extra time to complete my assignments. Ten-page papers tend to take much longer when you only have one hand to type with!

Why did you choose LSU's online degree over the other options?

The quality of education LSU is known to put out is top notch. Even though I applied and intended to complete an online degree, I didn't want it to be from one of the typical online institutions. I felt like an online degree from LSU would still carry with it the prestige of a so-called traditionally obtained degree.

What advice would you give to a prospective student who is considering this program?

It's an excellent program. Be prepared for a rigorous, yet enlightening experience. I would also definitely make sure that the student is a self-starter. Without intrinsic motivation, the program would be very difficult to complete.

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