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Meet the team behind the scenes of Competency-Based Education!


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Rita Pool is an Instructional Designer and new to Lourdes University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cyber Art (Web and Graphic Design) from The University of Toledo and a Master of Education degree in Instructional Technology from Wayne State University. She worked in the eLearning and Academic Support department at The University of Toledo for six years assisting faculty with developing their online and blended courses.

Working as an Instruction Designer for five years at Bowling Green State University (BGSU), Rita earned certificates in the Basics of Inclusive Design for Online Education and Accessibility. She became involved with the Quality Matters Instructional Designers Association (QMIDA) and contributed to the Accessibility and Usability Resource Site (AURS) on the topic of Accessibility in Microsoft Office Products.

Rita lives in Michigan with her partner Andrew and their two cats Millie and Maggie Mae. In her spare time, she enjoys reading fiction (mostly mysteries), enjoying the outdoors and playing bass guitar.

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DeAnna Seger recently joined the Competency Based Programs Team at Lourdes as your Success Coach. She is a Lourdes Alumni with a Bachelor of Arts in Education. Prior to returning to the Lourdes’s community, she had over 7 years of experience in the Higher Education field working directly with student’s needs in a variety of roles including, Admissions, Career Services, classroom training, and regional online student management.

DeAnna is highly committed to each student and embracing their unique skill sets and learning styles. She believes in a holistic approach placing individualizes attention to each student’s specific needs. Whether setting goals, time-management skills, personal or academic support needs or acting as a liaison between other departments, faculty or student services, she is committed to your success and making your program educational and meaningful.

In DeAnna’s free time she enjoys spending time with her husband Jack, twin daughters Hayden and Hadley and pup Roosevelt. She loves to travel and experience new places, attend concerts, volunteering in the community and assisting her daughters grow their business and watching them play volleyball.

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More Key Roles For Competency-Based Programs 

Program Advisor: A program advisor will help you establish a plan of study. While you have control of when you complete your courses, the program advisor will help you provide sound advice so that you can earn your degree at an accelerated and affordable rate!

Program Facilitator: Your program facilitator is an active member in the field of study and a qualified mentor.  Each facilitator conducts research, works in the Nursing field, obtains appropriate credentials for teaching, and is an advocate for personalized learning.  These professionals are here to assist you with all academic related questions throughout the duration of each course.

Program Assessor: A program assessor evaluates all students’ course assessments. They work vigorously to ensure that students are graded fairly and without bias. In addition, program assessors work to ensure that assessments are meaningful and applicable to the program.