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Drury’s paralegal program continues to rank among best in nation

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., February 9, 2018 — Drury University’s Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies program has once again been ranked among the best online programs in the country for its value, quality and convenience. In a national study, Open Education Database has ranked Drury’s program as the third best online paralegal degree of 2018. This ranking follows another by TheBestSchools.org, which recently listed Drury at fourth in its list of best online paralegal programs.

The program is offered through Drury’s College of Continuing Professional Studies and can be completed entirely online. By providing a conceptual appreciation for the essential principles, doctrines, rules and structural elements required for the practice of law, the degree provides a strong basis for paralegals seeking employment in a wide variety of legal practices.

Open Education Database praises programs like Drury’s for “allowing students to complete their degree in less time and at a lower cost than traditional options.” Both rankings websites acknowledged Drury’s program for balancing classroom learning with real-world experience. As part of their education, Drury students participate in a law practicum internship with a practicing attorney.

Job prospects for paralegal degree seekers are promising. The paralegal profession has been growing steadily and continues to accelerate as companies seek to employ more paralegals. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, paralegal and legal assistant jobs are expected to grow by 15 percent through 2026, more than twice as fast as the average for all occupations.

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Drury’s online education is featured in a book on virtual world learning

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 2, 2011 — Drury University’s work in the 3-D world Second Life is featured in the just released book, Transforming Virtual World Learning: Cutting Edge Technologies in Higher Education.

In chapter one, Lesley Scopes, MSc, from the University of Southampton in England, chronicles how she put her model of virtual world pedagogy, known as cybergogy, into practice while collaborating with Drury as a faculty development consultant.

Lesley Scopes

The model is based on student centered learning designed to take advantage of the teaching affordances made possible in 3-D immersive virtual worlds. Scopes’ model of cybergogy expands beyond just cognitive learning to four domains by adding emotional, social and dexterous learning domains.

In the spring of 2009, Drury partnered with Scopes to develop faculty and Second Life enhanced courses. Scopes documents her experience in certifying seven instructors in virtual learning pedagogy. She discusses the learning experiences in five Second Life enhanced courses during Dury’s initial virtual world offerings in the fall of 2009.

In her summation of virtual world learning, Scopes states, “The nature of virtual worlds supports the creation and habitation of 3-D digital space. Once a level of immersion is attained, perception of the 3-D world evolves to feel as a real destination as any other geographical location, a persistent place to visit, travel around, establish a presence, set up a home base, create things and/or buy virtual items created by other residents, enjoy live music and drama performances, experience various art forms and forge meaningful relationships.”

Contact: Steve Hynds, Director of Online Education, Office: (417) 873-7406, E-mail:shynds@drury.edu

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Drury University has its second highest spring enrollment of all time in 2011

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., February 23, 2011 — Drury University has a spring semester enrollment of 5,389 students. This figure, from the recently concluded university census, includes adult evening and online programs, graduate classes and the traditional Day School.

Drury’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) has 3,323 undergraduate students taking 33,533 credit hours. Additionally, Drury has 541 graduate students pursuing master’s degrees in art, business, communication, education, criminal justice, music therapy, criminal justice and criminology.

Enrollment in undergraduate online courses has grown 5 percent over Spring 2010. Online course offerings make up 31 percent of CGCS programming.

Drury’s traditional undergraduate Day School has 1,525 students enrolled for spring 2010. That is the third highest spring Day School enrollment of all-time.

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