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Family Support Makes a Crucial Difference in Online Education

Family Support Makes a Crucial Difference in Online Education

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Vlog with Dr. Marie Gould Harper
Dean, School of Business, American Public University

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Family involvement is crucial for the success of most online learners. In this special Commencement video, Dr. Marie Gould Harper, Dean for the School of Business at American Public University, sat down with 2019 graduate Jesus Serafin Jr. and his greatest support system, his family.

His parents shared their pride moments regarding their son, as well as stories about their weekly homework check-ins. His father, Juan Ortiz Jr., is the self-proclaimed “education pusher” in the family and an instructor in the School of Business. Juan echoed his support for his son’s journey and provided a few inspirational words for others looking to persist in online education.

About the Speaker

Dr. Marie Gould Harper is the Dean of the School of Business at American Public University. She holds an undergraduate degree in psychology from Wellesley College, a master’s degree in instructional systems from Pennsylvania State University and a doctorate in business from Capella University. She is a progressive coach, facilitator, writer, strategist and human resources/organizational development professional with more than 30 years of leadership, project management, and administrative experience. Dr. Gould Harper has worked in both corporate and academic environments.

Dr. Gould Harper is an innovative thinker and influential leader, manifesting people skills, a systematic approach to problems, organizational vision and ability to inspire followers. She is committed to continuous improvement in organizational effectiveness and human capital development, customer service and the development of future leaders.

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