Pirate Patch is a new teaching program that connects two or more classrooms through live audio and video. It will enable more students to interact with instructors teaching courses at campus centers and will eventually put more full-time faculty in front of campus center students, expanding access to certain courses beyond the Parkville Campus.
When does it launch? Which courses are included?
Pirate Patch will be piloted during Park’s 2016 Fall II term, beginning Monday, October 17, using a specially selected group of volunteer courses at some of Park’s campus centers.
Students will be aware that they are enrolling in a “patched” course at the time of registration. Pirate Patch classes will be available in appointed classroom settings only. Students will be unable to access real-time class sessions from anywhere other than Pirate Patch-designated classrooms. (This allows Park to comply with GI Bill regulations.)
Offered at Tinker AFB, Goodfellow AFB, and Whiteman AFB
Professor: Eron Pyles
Offered at Holloman AFB,
and Fairchild AFB
Professor: Dr. Mark Griffin
Offered at Charleston AFB, Hanscom AFB, and MCAS Cherry Point
Professor: Colleen Wincentsen
Offered at Parkville, MO and Austin, TX
Professor: Tammy Foster
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For 2014, Park’s online bachelor degree programs were ranked No. 164 in the country and Park’s online graduate business programs were ranked No. 122. Nearly 1,000 distance education programs were a part of the rankings.
Park is ranked as the seventh most affordable private university/college in the nation — and first in the Midwest — for tuition and fees, according to a report announced by U.S. News and World Report.