Welcome to today's special event. Making a difference with a master of Social Work. My name is David Richardson and from all of us here at Walden University, we thank you for taking the time out of your day. To join us. Please note that this webinar will be archived so you'll have an opportunity to view the presentation again or even share it with a friend or colleague. If you need accommodations to attend this webinar, please contact disability that mail.waldenu.edu. Before we get into today's content, we want to take a moment to go over a few items to make sure you get the most out of this presentation. On the screen in front of you you'll see the main presentation, a chat window and a section for submitting questions for the presenters. All of these windows, as well as other items of interest can be opened and closed at your convenience using the toolbar at the bottom of your screen you can size these windows as you see fit, so feel free to set them to your comfort level as we move along. The chat window is an area for you. Connect with fellow attendees and send our presenters or moderate are any comments about the web and R. To submit questions for today's program, you want to type your question in the Q&A window will go ahead and answer questions, either verbally during the Q and a portion of the web and arm, or will respond to you directly or in that window. So please keep an eye on the Q&A box periodically throughout the program. If you ask the question. With those items out of the way, it's my pleasure to introduce today's presenters, doctor Lisa Moon, Doctor Pamela Denning and doctor Donna Mcelveen. Because this event is designed to provide a more personal introduction to Walden University. At this point I will turn it over to our presenters so they can speak about their spec. Special connection to the school. Thank you very much for being here, and I will let you take it from here. Thank you so much David. Hi Everyone, my name is doctor Lisa Moon and I'm the Dean for the Barber Solomon School of social work here at Walden University. Ann along with David in the rest of the presenters, I would like to thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to join us this evening. To learn more about her Masters degree of social work program. Is there hope that we can answer questions? You might have an hope you find the answers you need so that she can make decisions about your future and obtaining a Masters degree in social work. I have been associated with wild and since they started social work program. Pat, 782 years ago now will say and we worked very hard to create a great program and one of the assets by program is our program director Doctor Pamela Denny and I will let her know. Doctor Jeannie I'm sorry my I wasn't off mute. Thank you so much for your comments. Doctor Moon an I am the MSW program director and one of the things that I love about Walden is the fact that I've been to a lot of schools and taught it a lot of schools. And yet I've never been at one where social change was in the mission. So when I first saw that I was drawn to Walden and I've been here about 12 years now. 10 part time to full time in this position, and we're just glad to have you with us tonight and look forward to your questions into your discussions and I'll turn it over to our field. Director, Doctor Mcelveen. Hello everyone welcome. As my colleague mentioned, I have been at Robinson St beginning of the program and really excited to be with you tonight. To answer your question. I'm the director of field experience, so I look forward to your questions about field, which is your internship or crafted. Come and just looking forward to hearing your comments and hoping we can provide you some great information. You can make decisions for your professional development. OK, great thank you Sir. I just This evening will spend a little time talking about Walden. Somehow isobar faculty in our program that you could expect here at wild and some experiences that we have there a little different for you from other schools like our skills, laptops mcelvain will talk to you about the required field experience and then will tell you about the support that she will receive while you're at Walden University so that you understand that we're all here for you. Excuse me, I'm sorry. And then we leave time to answer your questions because after all we're going to give you a lot of information and we want you to have time to ask us things that make beats specific to you or things that you want to know that we don't cover. So without further ado, will talk to you about why wild and, uhm, I have a colleague who likes to say why not Wilding Wilding have had 50 years of providing distance education, learning to adult learners around the world. Now 50 years when compared to some brick and mortar universities doesn't sound like a long time, but in the world of online learning that's along time. I'm when you think about how. And technology in the online environment has changed and I think that while he was one of the first ones, he did this and the reason that Bernie and Rita Turners actually started this University is so that graduates all around the world could be educated where they were stay in their communities and then help make a difference in those communities. Walden University is accredited by the higher Learning Commission which is very important to you and our MSW program. We're proud to report is accredited by eat. We received our first accreditation sometime ago and just this past file we were reaffirmed for eight full years by the Council of social work education. That's very important because if you look down the path to what you wanna do when you finish this you will see that you must have graduated from ACSWE University. To be able to sit for licensure in your state. What is licensure? Life insurance where most social workers wanna go because it gives us a sense of professionalism and responsibility. Wild and is the expert in helping people navigate programs like that. They have programs in nursing, counseling, education, psychology and of course social work where the goal is to educate a new practice professional to stay in their community and help make changes to that community. That's very important for you. Talk a little bit more about things we're doing in licensure later on. Very important to any social work program is their field experience. You'll see here. We had wild and has graduated over 750 graduates in the MSW program and Doctor Mcelvain and her team have placed 1200 students successfully in field placements. That is tremendous because you can have education all that you want. But if you can't get a field placement and you can't complete, then you haven't completed their educational journey and gotten your degree. We have Excuse me, parsonline student support for people. I can personally tell you and we all have our stories. My son attends Walden University. He will be the first to let you know that you were not in a silo somewhere by yourself. He is attended, other universities, an enrolled in Walden two years ago. He's about to graduate and he has frequently said to me, Mama Walden just cause you all the time. That's because we want you to know that you'll never be alone. From the day that you and roll to the time that you graduate, there are professionals licensed degreed professionals at while did to help you navigate any problem that you might have. Finally, the most important part, I think, is the passion for social change. As social workers, we know that our goal is to help people, families, communities, organizations make change for the better. Take. What is their work with that build on it? And help people change so that their lives can be better. That's the mission of Walden University is a passion to create social change. Many different departments, many of our faculty are involved in different activities that revolve around social change. So when you take the Walden idea social change and you put it with the social work idea of social change, that two just go hand in hand together to create a phenomenal learning experience for you. One of the other things that I think make Walden University to MSW program one of the strongest. It can be our. Faculty and I'm gonna put doctor didn't tell you about back. Hi, I you have in front of you, I'm sort of a montage of some of our faculty. We have over 200 faculty teaching for us, but we do have faculty from all areas. All of our faculty or 100% doctorale educated. You may go into other programs where you're being taught by an MSW, but that won't happen here at Walden at Walden everyone has a doctorate degree. We are also very diverse and very dedicated faculty from all across the country, from Texas to California to New York to wiscconsin to Minnesota everywhere you can imagine we have faculty members located in. They teach their classes remotely. There are also available to you to talk about class issues by phone, by email, to talk about your dreams and where you want to go and. How they can help you get there among our faculty, we have people who work in hospitals. We have those who work in issues related to immigration. We have faculty who have testified on Capitol Hill and would like for our students to go with them and do that. Mental help. Clinicians, people who are at the cutting edge of what's going on with trauma and mental health services. Military services. And among our faculty, one of the, UM, people were very proud of is actually received a lifetime achievement award from the National Association of black social workers. And that is a degree they give every couple of years. And what a wonderful. Acknowledgement that is of a lifetime, not just the last three months I've been working on something or the last five years, but have a lifetime of achievement in working for social change in social justice. There are currently writing their summer currently practicing, but their main focus is on helping to educate him. Prepare future social workers you know. We look at the news today and I think the thing we know is we're going to continue to need social workers for a long long time, and our passion is to create a community of professional social workers educated from Walden. People talk about what are the overviews and the basics of our program foreign. Programs are valuable. It's built, built from the ground up and meets the needs of working professionals. Alot of our students take two courses, 1/4 some have to cut back to one we know about life and we know that your children get sick in your parents. You become their caregiver instead of. They be in your caregiver, and so you may have to take time off for things like that, so it's meant to be very versitile and give you options. That doesn't mean you can do whatever you want, but there are a lot of great options we can workout. It's very personalized. A lot of people think about a program that says largest Walton and you might think, oh, I'm going to be in these huge classrooms and I'm not gonna know anybody. Our classrooms are generally around 15 students and even. Last in some, so we run a lot of sections so that we have kind of that small class feeling or that small University feeling even though we have a lot of students later on, doctor moons going to talk to you about the support that we have available for your journey, but I think one of the things I want you to know is that the faculties there be. That the administration say I talked with this student yesterday. He's been here 2 weeks and just having some difficulty and I called him out and started talking to him. He's like you're the program director and you're calling me in 2 weeks and I'm like, yeah, we want to help you understand this and get this issue that you're having under control and he just kept saying I can't believe you're the program director. I thought to say sometime I can't either, but I didn't think that would be helpful experimental we have. We have so many different opportunities for you to be involved in learning that Israel in the classrooms. We have case scenarios. Well, yeah plus. So in the theories you learn, we also have opportunities for you to watch real lights scenarios that may happen with the social worker at skills lab. We now have our virtual reality which if we got any good gamers out there, it's sort of the same process where you watch a scenario. Pick what you would say in the client response based on what you say to them. So that's a great. Opportunity to develop your skills and then of course the most important are both our skills lab in our field program where you are showing your skills, getting feedback and in your field placement you not only have the opportunity to work in real life scenarios everyday under the supervision of both. Human service professional and also a seminar leader. Someone who tracks you follows you help you. You know we're all going to make mistakes. And to have somebody you can talk to about him and say, how can I make this right as well as how can I make sure I don't do this again or just valuable experiences that you will carry on with you for years in your practice. A lot of people are interested in courses. In how many, how long and what way? And all of those issues and so are. We work on the quarter system and we have 90 two quarter credits and it's very self paced. In some people take 1/4 one class per quarter till they finish. We have three different tracks including advanced standing and that goes to RBSW grads with a beer batter and you want to know that our classrooms do not allow do not require you to be there at any certain time except for field. Witch doctor Mack Arena be talking to you about but they are asynchronous. There's no set time you have to show up in our classes. We use things. As I mentioned case studies we have discussions, we have assignments. We have a lot of exercises where you get to watch other seasoned professionals. We have opportunities for you to be on video where you show us your skills and we give you feedback and hope that you're open to that. Um, we have two opportunities for you to use your skills in skills lab. As I mentioned an in the field experience the field experiences I think for most people have never done social work or eye opening and we're very fortunate to have doctor maclean to coordinate that. And her team is wonderful. And she's going to talk to you about it. Hello everyone. Um wanna talk a little bit about those skills? Lab and field experience. So as you saw in the prior slide, skill cloud is a part of the program. Here you leave the virtual classroom an you come and meet your classmates and faculty face to face in a setting. And typically those settings this year at Lanta in Phoenix. Four day experience. So you come and attend classes in session and you begin to practice skills. That part of this is also blended into a course. So before you even get to skills lab, you'll have a couple of weeks in the virtual classroom or you'll prepare for it. You're going to do on the ground, so you'll get to actually connect with some of your appears. Virtually then you send in person when you get to your destination. So if you're in advance standing student, you would do one skills lab in your program. If you're in any other part of the program, not advanced standing, you would complete two skills lab during your program. The purpose of Skills Lab is really like I see how you can take what you've been learning in class and begin to practice some skills associated with social work and this is important for us to know that you are ready to actually do the next step, which is your field placement or your internship. So we want to see you demonstrates and skills you know face to face setting so that we know you're prepared for that next step. Also, during skills lab we pay attention to the licensure process. And help you begin to understand what you need to do to prepare. Because once you graduated, doctor moon mentioned that next step is really to prepare for your license exam in become licensed as a social worker so you can have the opportunities that the profession blame. While we preparing you for licensure, we also have some sessions where you can learn some special topics. We might have special topics that are held in like a a seminar format like you go to a conference in here speaker that's expert on this particular topic. We give you some options for those and really were were helping you demonstrate your ability to be able to move forward to your field placement. So we wanna have opportunities for you to meet with our field coordinators. You can answer questions about field placement in the process. In a really important part of skills lab that I think. Is going to be some special for you? Is the chance for you to collaborate with people that you've been in a virtual classroom with and also collaborate with the faculty. It's an opportunity for you to seek guidance from faculty who have experience in certain areas and can explain social work from their perspective. It's an opportunity for you to network with people who maybe have similar passions that you do in social work, and because we at Walden have students from all over the country. You are going to have such a diverse experience, and that's one of the things I think students really appreciate when they come and the first time the skills lab and sit in a room with all the other students, I think it becomes more real to them and it really helps motivate them for the next part of their journey. So I hope it does the same for you. So as I said, skills lab is really there to build that bridge to your field placement, which I'll cover on the next slide. But your field experience is sometimes spoken other than internship or a practical, and this is the place where you go to a real agency an you practice real social work under the supervision of a professional social worker and one of the exciting parts of this is. This is also another networking opportunity for you and it's time for you to really develop professional skills and have those skills that you can put on your resume as you move. Forward. And many people, I think when I come into a MSW program are thinking how am I going to manage a field placement? Of course work my family duty, my job, how my gonna manage all that. I will say that it is a challenge and it is a big commitment, but it's doable. Many students have done it before I did it and I'm sure doctor million doctor Denning along with myself would share our own stories of the struggles it took for us to complete our MSW because of the field placement expectation. But it is such a worthwhile. Endeavour for you. It takes planning and coordination and really being realistic about what you can manage on your schedule. But the field placement covers two quarters, so once you begin your first one, you'll go to your field placement for two quarters consecutive quarters and then once you're finished with that, you go back to regular coursework, attend another skills lab, and then do another field place and at the end of your program, if your dance. Spamming, you do want your placement over two quarters at the end of your program. We don't leave you alone in this process either. I know it can be overwhelming to think about where would I in turn. I don't even know where to start. We have a whole team of coordinators to help you with this process and all of our coordinators have an MSW, so they've had been in your shoes before they have completed internship themselves. They juggled life and family and all the things that go with that and they understand the criteria that needed for a solid field placement and one that meets serves learning criteria. So they will help you. Work through the process of your placement at insight and we like you to begin to. Get to know your community and choose a few sites. Maybe have a list of places you would like to go and you provide that information to us, and then our coordinators reach out and make sure they can move on the requirements. Make sure they can accept what you're needing or your Amber stars where you are in your program so they really do work along with you like to call that relationship of partnership. It's not something that we do all the work, or you do all the work and really engage in it. Together So the part that connects feel glad to field. Really, when you enter your skill glad class. We will begin the process of getting ready for field. You apply for doing your internship. You'll begin to work with coordinators to get the internship. Setup will begin to work on any agency, paperwork is needed and then once all of that's complete, annuar agencies approved, we start practicing those skills in your agency. One difference with a field class because as you're at your placement, you take a field class alongside it. But one of the differences is there will be a weekly one hour meeting that will be at a certain time, and you'll do that virtually, but you'll still be face to face, so you'll have your faculty member there an your other colleagues who are in the cloud. You all move together to discuss topics related to field so you can get support from one another about how others are managing some of the things going on in their field placement. Your faculty will teach a certain. Topics that relate to field so that piece of of Education is like going to a classroom. You go to certain time, just do it virtually so I really hope you're excited by hearing means experiential things that go in the program because I think that's really what makes social work. Learning come alive is when you can practice the skills and really begin to put those in your tool belt. And I look forward to your questions at the end. OK, great, thank you so much. That was very informative. I think the last thing we want to talk about is the support that is available to you here at Walden University. And now we've all kind of mentioned that we do have people who talk about the fact that they were. A little intimidated by online learning because they were afraid that there wouldn't be support deer or that they would kind of be alone trying to navigate this. and I think you've heard from the stories from Doctor Denning and doctor Michael being that is definitely not the case at Walden and we talked about the fact that a lot of our students do receive financial aid. There are financial aid people to help you once you decide to enroll to navigate whatever system complete whatever form they need. Assistance like pasta. Are other things for the beginning or wherever you might be getting some assistance, but they can help you with. We talked about the support of our faculty. I cannot echo enough what is already been said that our faculty reach out to students there available, either through phone calls or emails. At times it are is convenient to you as we can make possible we have something called collaborate and R blackboard classrooms where the faculty can actually. Communicate. Have you right there with them so you're actually having a conversation wild and has a phenomenal writing center? We were asked earlier today. Do we have to do our papers and a PA? And the answer is yes, that is just the chosen method of social work to compose papers, but we understand it. Maybe everybody hasn't done that. Maybe they've been out of school. Furniture the writing center is there to help you. You can actually submit a paper to them. They can give you feedback that you can incorporate before you submit it in your classroom. They have templates available so you know how to type your reference page and where to put your citations in the body of your paper out of that's already developed for you, while and has what they call the academic skills dinner for. This is just like a hub of people to help you navigate different things. The library. Financial aid if you forget how to get to your student advisor. If you need tutoring for a class, all of these are available in the academic skill center and there are people there who can connect you to where you need to be an included in that this technology. So if your laptops not working or you can't get something to download, there are people there who can help you. The student success advisor. Very important to you as a student, once you complete the enrollment process with your enrollment manager, you will be assigned a student success. Advisers that then will remain with you throughout your educational career. At Walden you will meet with them to register for classes. Hour. I'm doing except advisors are trained for our social work horses. They know, like Doctor Mcelveen, mentioned when to help you register for skills lab and tell you yes it's time to take the research or the policy class or we need to be talking about. They know all of that and they help you navigate that, um, I'm going to put a little block in between here, because we've got to update our our our slide and I saw a question in the chat box. Walden University realized that. Goal of this education is that for our graduates to be able to pass the licensure test. Never is licensure rights or where they want to. So what we have done is developed a licensure portal for you to work in. Once you're enrolled in the wild and student by this fall, it will be available to all students were doing it with our field students. Right now there's a there's a whole platform for you. You can go back and study things about human behavior, and you can review diagnosis. You can review the medications that might be used with the patient, and then when you get through with all of that. We have 170 item licensure practice test for you to take an. All of this is free of charge. We provided that to you as our students and a lot of people have worked really hard to get this available so that you can take the next step after you get your MSW which is to get your license which will lead to better and more permanent unprofessional jobs for you. Which is where the Career Center comes in. Your getting near the graduation. You're nervous about what you're gonna do wild and has a Career Center here. People there that can help you build your resume that can do mock interviews. They can connect you to online job sites, whatever they can help you do to make the transition from student to professional practice. They are there to help you do so. You can see as we've tried to make everybody make it as clear as we can from the beginning to the end. Their support available for you and it's Doctor Denning said. and I just wanna tell you, that was not. Story that she was telling me she really does. Free chapter stated I really reach out to students. Got your mcelveen reaches out to students because we want our students to know we're invested in you and we want you to succeed in this program. That's what makes it great. So with all of That being said, I'm gonna turn it back over to David and let us start taking some of your questions and see if we can give you some more information. Thank you very much. So we do have some questions that have come in. I just want to remind the audience if you do have a question or something that you want us to elaborate a little bit more on, please feel free to use the Q and a box to submit that question. The first one I'm going to go ahead and tackle because there are a few questions that are kind of related. And they relate to the cost and length of time to complete a program. The one thing that we've been pointing out with all of these open houses and opportunities to talk to faculty. Is that to really get a personalized estimate of the time to completion and the cost of completion of the program is the best to speak with an enrollment specialist armament specialist? Work with you to get your transcripts evaluated to determine if there is any potential transfer of credit. They help you identify which particular track you should be on, which one is the best for best fit for you? So really. It's a complicated question to ask, how long does it take to complete? Because it can vary from student to student depending on whether they do full time or part time. So really the best way to get an answer to either of those questions is to speak with an enrollment specialist. However, we do have one question about skills. Labs cost. So is skills lab included in the tuition. Amelia is not at this current time. Skills Lab is something that you are responsible for, but we do. The skills lab does have a credit associated with it, so that makes you eligible for financial aid to assist with the experience expenses that you might incur, and that would mean that you have to pay for your transportation there. Your lodging while you're there in your meals. But like I said and like like I'm David to set those are great questions that your enrollment advisor and in your. Academic advisor can help you navigate options that are available to you that I promised every time we go. The only thing we ever hear from students is can we stay an extra day. This has been so wonderful we've learned so much, so please reach out to them with that specific question as well. So we're a question that I haven't seen come up previously. I want to make sure we get that answered. Are there resources for disabled students? Yeah, this is doctor Danny and I'll take that one. Yes, we have a disabilities office who does a wonderful job of working with students, getting their accommodations, being sure our faculty know about those an implementing those. So I believe the email addresses disabilities at mail.waldenu.edu, but there's a whole page in it if you'll put it on our website and search, but our disability team. Is wonderful. That's my dog. She doesn't like me being on the computer, sorry. Actually, I mentioned at the start of the event we do have different accommodations that are available for different types of disabilities. To contact them. Yes, it is email@example.com. We do have a page for that on the website and I'm going to go ahead and include that link in the response. I'm going to go ahead and post a written response to that question in the Q&A box as well. So we also the question about when students should apply for the advanced standing program. They probably want to be. If you're interested, you probably want to be talking to one of your enrollment advisors. Now. One of the things that's different about Walden, as we start every quarter and then we have midterms starts as well for a few of our classes, so it's not a thing where, like you have to enroll in the fall and then, um. You know, uhm, only start in the fall. We have ongoing. Quarters which Zartan you can pretty much get into courses relatively quickly once you have your assignment done, so please do talk to um. You're an old man, advisor an talked to them about when you're ready to start, and then they will work with you on. The documentation and everything you need to get to them. So another question, noise can student complete all of their coursework prior to starting their internship. And there are there are questions that need to be completed prior to starting internship that you wouldn't be able to complete your whole curriculum and then you feel placement. If you're advanced and in your field, placement comes at the very end, but if you're not advanced standing, you're gonna have one placement your first year and then one at the end of the program. So you do your first course work, go to your internship and do some additional coursework to prepare you for your second one. So we did have some questions, of course about field experience. The first being can you do field experience at your current employer and the 2nd following up on that? Is it possible to convert to a full time job at a place where you're doing an internship? Sounds great question. Yes, there are ways that you can intern at your employer. You can't count any work hours that you do as an employee for your internship. That would have to be separate hours and a separate experience. So there are some rules around it, but we have a number of students who in turn at their place of employment and we do have a number of interns who are hired after their internship is complete. So intern ships. Can really demonstrate you as a potential employee and we do have a number of students who have been hired right after their first internship and then hired, maybe even permanently after graduation. Do we have any information we can share about the pass rate for licensure exams? I would just say that right now you can get programs are not. We have to purchase that from ASWB and our last result or two years old because there's a year delay. I will tell you that approximately about 3/4 of our students pass the licensure test on their first try, which is very high. But we don't want that to be high enough, so that's why we've developed a license. Your workshop place to help people. And here. It wasn't asking a question about how long between their VFW in your advanced Andy and I would ask if that student is a wild and student already. Because if you are, then you really need to reach out to your advisor because I'm that process is a little bit different. If you're getting a biscotti at another University, then again, that's something you wanna talk. Then Roman advisor about. You know when you can apply, how close to graduation and things of that nature. So those are good questions to reach out to that enrollment advisor about. But if you're. Feels tablet wild and they do have a look. Some things that can help you. So please reach out with that one. And following up on that, there are two additional questions that I would again refer to enrollment specialist about. The first one is the difference in cost between doing the standard track in the advanced standing again. That's an instance where your enrollment specialist would be able to give you the best just accurate answer for your situation. Additionally, somebody had asked about specific discounts for students starting programs. Again, that may change. It may vary from time to time. So really, the best place to get that answer with me to speak to an enrollment specialist. You didn't have a question about their skills. Labs are held. Phoenix an Atlanta. Oh I'm sorry please. This year they're invite. We are this year they're in Atlanta and then we have one in Phoenix. And their announced a year ahead, so it gives you a lot of time to come. To plan. And I did want to say that when you come in advance standing, I see we have a couple of people interested in that. It's a little more intricate in terms of transfer credits and things like that, but when you've got an ABSW from an accredited program or even been to another MSW program, that does of course save you money because you are have already completed courses. So for advanced standing you could almost the whole first year, of course, is. That you don't take because you have that be SW. So of course a shorter program means saving yourself financially, so, um. I do think they need to talk to enroll, but but just to let you know. So. Students who are considering starting a program but have never done online education previously. There are tons of resources. A dipole. There's actually a new student orientation that's available for students to go through an learn different things. Doctor getting has an online. Evaluation meeting with new students. She does that every term start so that she can interact with you and we have several other faculty who joining that who can help answer questions about, you know, just from How do I navigate the classroom to winter papers do? And How do I upload them. So once again, there's a lot of support for that. Plus there is technology support. You know, if you just got a new computer and you can't figure out how to make it connect. You can do an email to them. They can meet with you and help you work through that. So lots of support to get you started. So we've got a timely question that was submitted. How will Corona virus affect skills labs? If it does, what do we have in place to address that? Or I can I can answer that one I've been working on that for three days and I will have to tell you that this is this experience has made me so proud of the University that I work for. Because Walden, we do have face to face kills. Labs counseling has one this week and wild and made the decision to cancel that and hold that virtually just this one time in relation to, you know the current concern for everyone's health and safety. We have a skills lab scheduled in two weeks for social work. We have just not been a decision made yet, but I can promise you that they're taking everybody's health and safety is the format thing. They have enacted, things you know if something else were to happen, not just a crimp coronavirus, and have to make changes to skills lab. There are individuals in the wild and community who are helping people cancel airplane reservations, get their money back from hotels, and if they can't in Walden's, working with them so that the student is not out money. That they're not going to get credit for because the ultimate goal out of this is that nothing slows down the students enrollment because we don't want you to have to wait six weeks or six months for the next skills lab so wide and has made a concerted effort in the past three days to fix that for students, because again, I go where in on Line University this is what we do, so we like to skills lab so you get a chance to demonstrate your skills, but we're figuring that out just so we can help students move forward. I know lots of universities had been reaching out to online programs to try to get help figure out how to navigate the online world. We've already been doing that. So rest assured whether it was Corona virus or an airline strike or anything else we might can think of. I am so confident after the past three days you say that Walden University would take care of you there taking care of us, the faculty there, taking care of the current students. So you would not have any concern there. Well, it looks like some of the questions have slowed down a little bit. Now we wait to see if any additional ones come in. Do you have any parting thoughts for students considering starting a program? Outdoor and then everybody else can follow up. We want you to contact this. We have presented a lot of information in 45 minutes and it is archived so you can go back. But if you hang up the phone and you think 5 minutes from now or five days from now, I wish I wanted to ask this. Please reach out to one of the three of us. We will be more than happy to answer that question if we can't get you in touch with who can give you that answer so that you have the information. To make the best decision about your education for you. Because that's what it's all about. It is making this work for you. I just like to add to in response to the question about the virus. One of the things that is our experience in online learning, especially for me who got my degree in online learning probably. 16 years ago when everybody thought I was part of a diploma mill and a scam, it really is so advanced now and as Lisa was saying we had people today emailing me saying we're going to put together an online class for the rest of the quarter over spring break. Where do we start? And so they don't even have an expertise in online learning or an idea where to start and so. At the at one point you know they didn't take us seriously, and now they're looking to us at Walden as the leaders in this. And that's very, um, that's really great when other people call you up and ask, how do you do this? And you kind of just come the experts and that and the other thing too, is that a lot of programs when you think about it, they have an online classes and they have face to face and they might have a satellite office and they have a lot of things they have to support. But it Walden, we've always made our choice since inception to just be what we are and to do one thing well, an and I definitely appreciate that from our faculty, and we have great subject matter experts who are experts all around the country who come in and develop our courses for us. So you know they can't be done over spring break in this kind of atmosphere. So I really do think we're really good at what we do. Ann, and hope you'll come. Give us a try. Donna, what's your closing remarks? Well, I think if you guys did a wonderful job explaining, apply Walden and our expertise. And if you're a student sitting wondering, can I do this? Can I do a Masters in social work? Masters degree is hard, but it's doable and I think it it really just takes the passion of wanting to be in the social work profession combined with thinking to yourself now with sickly. How can I make this work? What resources do I need? Now to reach out to the people we've spoken about the enrollment advisor to help you understand what's expected and what next steps are. Pay attention to things that are sent to you by enrollment advisors that help you understand the program. I think there's some really nice guiding videos on skills lab that'll give you that experience. There's probably some other resources that talk about expectations and the program, so just become that. Person etc drug the information so that when you're ready to start your prepared and you're also have that sense of of knowing your place, then I just I think it's scary to start any program for most people. Just encourage you that you're not the first and lots of people have completed it an I think you can do with a little planning. Alright, well no additional questions have come in, so with that I would say that brings us to the end of this web and are we appreciate you taking time out of your busy schedules to join us today. Thank you for submitting all the wonderful questions. As reminder this event is going to be archived. It'll be available to view on demand. The link to access that it's going to be sent in a follow up email. Please feel free to share this content with a friend. A colleague of family member. I do encourage you to connect with our faculty, students and alumni by checking us out. On social networking sites you can find our Facebook wall in our Twitter feed in the toolbar at the bottom of the screen were also on LinkedIn. Thank you again to doctors moon, Denning and mcelveen for the presentation and of course to our audience for joining us please everyone. 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