Success Stories: Post Pattern
“America’s business leaders understand that when it comes to education, we need to up our game.” Since President Obama issued that challenge, the call for changes in higher education has reached a fever pitch in the United States. But Post University in Waterbury saw it coming before these words were spoken, and that foresight is yielding the small for-profit university big rewards—Post has had the largest increase in enrollment of all colleges in Connecticut for the past three years.
In 2003, a floundering Post University (then called Teikyo Post University) was sold to a private equity company. By 2004, with Dr. Tom Samph at the helm, a radical transformation of the school’s online program put Post in the black—and into the 21st century.
As the first university in the state to offer regionally accredited degree programs completely online, Post has grown to be the largest provider of such degrees in Connecticut. Samph credits the school’s online division for the big rise in enrollment, from 150 in 2004 to some 8,800 today. Samph, who was named president this year, says, “We’re seeing very rapid growth because we service our students.” An added bonus: New jobs at the university have resulted from the increase, too. Staffing was increased from 105 to 324 in 2011, making it one of the Waterbury area’s employment successes.
Post’s curriculum incorporates practicality with job-driven programs at its core. Classes may be taken on campus (and four regional locations) during days, evenings and weekends, or online anytime. Online courses are specifically designed for busy working adults and include accelerated degree programs that allow students to complete a bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree more quickly than through traditional methods.
Post’s extensive military program caters to active-duty veterans and military dependents who can apply their military-education benefits toward the cost of tuition. Academic advisers provide the support needed for students to continue their studies regardless of where they may be in the world. “We hold monthly meetings over the Internet with our military students stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan,” says Samph.
“Overall, we’re just scratching the surface in terms of growth potential, with far-reaching implications in terms of education across the board,” he says. “This is the future.”Success Stories: Post Pattern