:: Ken Due is Setting a Good Example

Photo of Ken Due with Children
Ken Due wants to finish his degree to
set a good example for his kids.

Posted: May 28, 2013

Setting a Good Example

In 1995, Ken Due left The University of Texas at Austin just a few classes short of completing a bachelor’s degree in government. He wanted to pursue a career opportunity in the high tech industry and planned to return to school to finish his education.

“At the time I thought it would be easy to go back and finish my degree later, but career, marriage, and children became priorities,” recalls Ken.

Last year Ken decided that it was time to go back to school and complete his degree. “As my children get older and will be going to college in a few years, I feel it is important that I set a good example for them and finish what I started so long ago. Additionally, finishing my undergraduate degree will open the door to graduate or professional degree options, which may help my career.”

Completing his degree at The University of Texas at Austin rather than at another institution was important to Ken, but when he looked into what it would take to finish, he discovered that degree requirements have changed since he was last in school. Ken explained, “A degree audit revealed that the catalog I was last enrolled under at the university had expired and new degree requirements would mean additional coursework. This presented a challenge because I no longer live in Austin, and I have to travel frequently, so taking courses at any physical campus would be impossible.”

An academic advisor suggested online classes from University Extension (UEX), so Ken started taking self-paced online courses with UEX to fulfill his remaining course requirements. So far, Ken has completed ECO 333K - Development Economics, and he is working on HIS 317L - Native Americans and the U.S.

The self-paced online format works perfectly for Ken because he can do the coursework from anywhere in the world. “You must be self-disciplined and not allow other distractions to get in the way,” added Ken. “I have a full-time career and family, so I must set aside an hour of quiet time every day for studying. I turn off my cell phone and sometimes do my studying at a library to minimize distractions.”

Ken plans to complete his remaining courses in time to graduate in May 2014.

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