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The ROI of Higher Education: Why a Graduate Degree is Worth It

We’ve all seen the headlines: countless studies addressing the ballooning cost of college and the American student loan crisis. Recently, the cost of higher education and student debt received even more attention with the unveiling of President Biden’s student debt relief plan. A lot of these conversations center around undergraduate education; but the numbers look … Continued
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Student Spotlight: Serenity Martinez

From living in a small town to working in the big city, Serenity Martinez is not your average student. Known for her hyper-focused demeanor and southern go-getter attitude, Serenity knew that she wasn’t going to wait until her perfect job came knocking on her door.  As a first-generation college student, Serenity knew from a young … Continued

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Faculty Spotlight: Kay Williams

Meet Kay Williams, ACU alumnus turned internship director for ACU Online’s Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetic Internship. After years in the field as a clinician, she realized her love for mentoring others transformed into educating students in the classroom. Beyond the tactical skills students need to be successful, Kay’s focus and wish is … Continued

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ACU’s fall enrollment hits record high for fifth year in a row

The largest-ever student body – numbering 5,731 – enrolled for the fall semester at Abilene Christian University as the 2022-23 year kicks off with increases in all key areas: undergraduate enrollment, graduate enrollment and both the Abilene campus and ACU Online. “It’s exciting and humbling to welcome our largest-ever student body this year, as more and … Continued

5 Self-Care Tips for Online Students

As the focus on mental health has increased tremendously in the past few years, the term “self-care” is frequently tossed around in everyday verbiage. For online students, self-care typically demands more than throwing on a face mask and drinking lots of water to feel renewed and rejuvenated. It requires intentionally and strategically developing a holistic … Continued

The Dos and Don’ts on Finding Financial Aid

Regardless of the level of degree you’re seeking, applying to school is a daunting task. Whether it be requesting your transcripts, getting your recommendation letters or paying for your education, the process of submitting your application can be unsettling for many prospective students.  And while obtaining a post-secondary degree is a great way to advance … Continued

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Faculty Spotlight: Dana McMichael

In the early hours before students log on for their courses and the online chatter begins,  Dana McMichael, the dissertation manager for ACU Online’s Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Organizational Leadership program, has already started her day with coffee in hand. Dana’s commitment to supporting students goes beyond just helping them defend their dissertations. Dr. … Continued

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The ROI of College: Why an Undergrad Degree is Worth It

We’ve all seen the headlines: an opinion piece in the New York Times fretting that “College May Not Be Worth It Anymore”; a 2021 report discovering that the average price tag for undergraduate education had increased by an alarming 169 percent since 1980; and countless articles and studies addressing the American student loan crisis. With … Continued

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Student Spotlight: LaShae Grottis

LaShae Grottis has always been an overachiever. Whether graduating high school valedictorian, moving cross-country to attend Dartmouth College as a first-generation college student, serving as the first director of ACU’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, or pursuing her doctorate with two teenagers at home—LaShae has never done things halfway. Learn how this trailblazing ACU Online student … Continued

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Why Registered Dietitians Should Get Their M.S. in Nutrition

Nutrition and dietetics is booming. From 2020-2030, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects there will be an average of 5,900 job openings each year for nutritionists and dietitians. This projection marks an 11% growth rate of the field in the next decade, far outpacing the average occupation growth rate of 8% growth rate. … Continued