Is the Washington Online Learning Institute licensed and accredited?
WOLI is accredited by the Middle States Association (MSA). MSA is one of the prestigious accrediting agencies that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and CHEA. This type of regional accreditation is the highest form of accreditation that is possible for a school to receive.
Washington Online Learning Institute is Regionally accredited by the Middle States Association CESS, and licensed by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education as a post-secondary institution.
Can I earn institution credits for my courses at WOLI?
By virtue of WOLI's accreditation, many accredited institutions and universities will accept credits transferred based on your studies at WOLI. However, the decision to award credits based on completed courses at WOLI is solely in the discretion of the transferee school. WOLI cannot guarantee that any other institution will award credits for courses taken at WOLI.
For example, each WOLI course is equivalent to a certain number of semester credits at the University of Phoenix. For more information about transferring credits, please contact your Student Affairs Coordinator at 1-800-371-5581, or visit the University of Phoenix website. You may also contact the University of Phoenix Prior Learning Assessment Center.
Licensed Career School Disclosure:
Washington Online Learning Institute is licensed as a private career school with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, sections 136A.821 to 136A.832. Licensure is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.
What do students, graduates, and employers think of WOLI?
We get emails and phone calls from our students and graduates on a regular basis praising our school, the instructors, and the courses they have taken. Washington Online Learning Institute has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and has never had any complaints.
How is Washington Online different from other schools?
Washington Online offers a unique combination of qualities that set us apart from other schools.
Instruction: Our teaching staff is top-notch. Every full professor at the Washington Online Learning Institute is an experienced trained professional. Our teaching staff has been carefully selected to include only outstanding professionals possessing a wealth of skills and experience, and a love of teaching.
Online Classroom: Our classes are all taught online using an outstanding web-based online classroom called Moodle. Students log on at their convenience, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Textbook reading assignments and Discussion Questions are posted online. Rounding out the studies program are live "chat" sessions in our Virtual Classroom, online
lecture material, and online quizzes. Washington Online is not a correspondence school.
Textbooks: We use only well-respected textbooks published by West, Delmar/Thomson, Pearson, Cengage, and other leading publishers of institution-level textbooks.
Curriculum: Our certificate programs and continuing education courses are comprehensive, and are comparable to courses taught at leading universities like Harvard, Yale, and the University of Virginia.
How are courses administered?
WOLI uses an Online Classroom that is available to our students 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, and 365 days per year via the Internet. There are no mandatory scheduled class meetings that you are required to attend. This allows our students to do their online coursework whenever their schedule permits.
Students sign in to the classroom using their web browser (Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Firefox, etc.). Once in the online classroom, students can review course outlines, assignments, references, quizzes and other relevant materials.
Assignments are presented once or twice a week, and generally consist of a combination of textbook reading and practical exercises. Since there are no scheduled class times, students are able to complete assignments and exercises according to their own schedule. There are due dates for each assignment and exercise, and students are expected to finish their work on time so that they can participate in the ongoing discussions. In the event that a student can not finish an assignment on time, he or she is given up to two weeks to complete each one.
Most courses take 4-8 weeks to complete. Advanced-level courses take 8-10 weeks. Certificate programs generally take anywhere from 4-8 months to complete and graduate.
How is your method different from a correspondence school?
When you take a course from a correspondence school, you typically receive printed course materials in the mail. These materials generally consist of reading assignments, practice exercises, etc., and you are expected to complete them at your convenience. Once you are finished, you send your completed work back to an instructor for review. This kind of program allows you to complete a course of study at your own pace, but it lacks the community of fellow students and faculty that you would find in a traditional classroom at a institution or university.
Our online, web-based instruction techniques offer the benefits of both worlds. As a student in one of our online courses, you have the convenience of being able to study when your schedule permits, and you are one of a group of students who are constantly in contact with one another (and with your instructor) via the online classroom. The discussion groups for each class are there for you to work through problems with your classmates. The instructor helps guide the discussion by introducing relevant topics, and maintaining a focused dialog.
Chat rooms are also available for less formal dialog between students who are logged in to the classroom at the same time. Chat sessions are also periodically scheduled with the instructor. Email is also used for private correspondence with instructors and fellow students.
The opportunity to communicate with other students is perhaps the most valuable aspect of any education. With today's online education technology, there is no reason to forfeit community just because you are unable to attend a traditional classroom-style school.
How long are courses?
The courses we offer vary in length from 4 weeks to 10 weeks or more. Our certificate programs range from 6 weeks to 15 months
When do courses start?
We start new sessions of our certificate programs and continuing education courses every Monday. This allows you great flexibility in deciding when to begin your education. Once you enroll, you will start your online courses the following Monday.
Other courses are scheduled regularly throughout the year. Please call us toll-free for an exact schedule, view our academic calendar, or check our Online Course Catalog for availability and online enrollment.
How can I communicate with other students and faculty?
The Online Classroom includes excellent facilities for communication with other students and faculty. We offer bulletin boards, discussion forums, chat rooms, and private email.
What are the requirements for admission?
The main admission requirement for our certificate programs is that students have at least a High School diploma or equivalent. Work experience and other schooling also help as students go through the courses, but are not a prerequisite for admission.
Don't worry: applications will not be rejected simply because you don't have extensive work or education experience.
What are the tuition costs?
Tuition varies with our courses and programs. Please refer to the tuition pages of the program or course you are interested in or our financial assistance page. We offer a number of payment plans and discounts to help you pay for your education. If you have any questions about how to pay your tuition, one of our dedicated Student Affairs Coordinators will be happy to assist you.
Where do the graduates from Washington Online work?
The students at Washington Online are a very diverse group. Our students work in companies of all sizes, from small law firms and medical offices to large corporations to government agencies.
WOLI is very pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has chosen Washington Online to provide its employees with paralegal courses
Below is a brief list of some of the better-known companies and organizations. Often times, law firms, medical offices, and corporations send their employees to us for paralegal training.
- Adidas America
- Alexander And Angelis Law Firm
- American Immigration Lawyers Association
- Ameriquest Mortgage Company
- Appet & Appet, Esqs.
- Arthur Andersen LLP
- Bank Of America
- Bank of New York
- B. Dalton Bookseller
- Berry, Appleman & Leiden LLP
- Best Western
- Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine PC
- Cambridge Medical Center
- Capital One
- Chubb Group Of Ins. Comp
- Citibank USA
- Continental Airlines
- Coopers & Lybrand
- Cracker Barrel
- Deutsche Bank
- Dow Environmental, Inc.
- Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center
- Enterprise Rent A Car
- Federal Aviation Administration
- Federal Express
- Feldman Shaw & Devore
- Field, Olesnycky & Zielyk, Esqs.
- Ford Motor Company
- General Dynamics
- H & R Block
- Hyundai Motor America
- Hyundai Oil Refinery Co., Ltd
- IBM Corporation
- Intel Corporation
- Indiana University
- Internal Revenue Service
- J. C. Penney
- Jones, Cork & Miller LLP
- Keller Rohrback, LLP
- Law Offices of Cathy Anderson
- Merrill Lynch
- Morrison & Associates, P.C.
- New York Life insurance
- New York Stock Exchange
- New York Yacht Club
- Northwestern Mutual
- NTT America, Inc.
- NYC Dept. Of Consumer Affairs
- Oracle Corp
- Preston Gates & Ellis
- Price Law Group
- Qwest Com.
- SAP America, Inc.
- Seattle Times Newspaper
- Smith, Currie & Hancock
- Smithsonian Institution
- Sun Newspapers
- United Healthcare
- United States Air Force
- United States Army
- United States Dept Of Defense
- United States Dept. of Homeland Security
- United States General Accounting Office
- United States Marine Corps
- United States Navy
- University of Michigan
- University Of North Texas
- Washington, D.C. Commission On The Arts
- Wawa Food Mkts
- Winston and Strawn
- X10 Wireless Technology, Inc.
- Zarco & Pardo, PA
Why should I take courses online instead of in a traditional classroom?
Online instruction is an ideal way to further your education in today's busy world. Most of our students have schedules that do not permit them to take classes in a traditional classroom. They are either employed full-time, have families, or have other commitments that make it impossible to attend regularly scheduled classes at a local institution or university. Some students do not live near a school that offers a paralegal program, and can not just pick up and move somewhere else.
Online instruction primarily offers convenience, but there are additional benefits. With our online communication tools, students keep in close contact with their peers and are able to carry on lively and instructive conversations about course topics.
We have also heard anecdotal evidence that employers are impressed when they see potential employees who have taken and completed online courses. Employers say that it demonstrates the important qualities of self-motivation and self-discipline.
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Washington Online Learning Institute is Regionally accredited by the Middle States Association CESS, and licensed by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education as an institution of higher learning