DreamDegree: Your Dream + A Personalized Learning Plan = Success!
Never before has the world of higher education been in such flux. Yet students of all ages still need a clear path to their career dreams.
The traditional route? High tuition, limited loans, crowded classes… Sometimes you feel like just an ID number! And it’s extra tough if you’re already juggling a career and family!
Other options? There’s growing global acceptance of online education, but it can feel impersonal and confusing! Which programs are reputable? What courses will colleges accept as transfer credits? How do you know you’re making progress toward your dream?
Providing you with answers is why we dreamed up DreamDegree.org!
is a NONPROFIT that offers SCHOLARSHIPS plus a FREE Personal Education Coach to get you organized. Together you’ll explore your career goals and create your own Individualized Learning Plan. Courses delivered through DreamDegree.org are led by your own Master’s-level Personal Professor. No crowded classrooms. Learning is at YOUR pace, with the support of the DreamDegree.org community. PREVIEW our affordable, recommended courses FREE on iTunes U, using your Apple iPad, Mini, iPhone or computer. DreamDegree.org scholarship opportunities let you decide among several regionally accredited universities where you can transfer our affordable courses to complete your degree at a cost of 50% less than the national average. Call now! Learn, save, graduate, and reach your dream!
Who’s Behind DreamDegree?
DreamDegree.org’s team has a combined total of 65 years in higher education innovation. We have a passion to help people fulfill their life’s purpose. Your life purpose. You’re why we created DreamDegree.
Founder Michael K. Clifford is an education thought leader and entrepreneur with a passion for making higher education attainable to anyone with the dream of a degree. As a catalyst and investor for creating high growth education companies, Clifford embraces online education as the way to offer opportunities to students who otherwise might be shut out of a future.
Clifford believes in Four Gospels of Higher Education. A good education should be
- 1. Fully, Equally Accessible: Giving every student who is willing to make the required effort the opportunity to acquire a quality college education.
- 2. Affordable: Lowering tuition and fees so the focus is on getting an education, not financing an education.
- 3. Timely and Relevant: Facilitating faster completion with lower debt and equipping graduates with relevant, real-world skills.
- 4. Purposeful and Ethical: Equipping graduates with a strong ethical moral compass and the motivation to give back to their communities.
The Founding Team
DreamDegree founder Michael K. Clifford is an education thought leader and entrepreneur with a passion for making higher education attainable to anyone with the dream of a degree. He embraces online education as the way to offer opportunities to students who otherwise might be shut out of a future. He's a former professional musician, doesn't like ties, and can't sit still.
Dr. David Metcalf has been at the forefront of adapting mobile technologies to higher education for more than 20 years. Founder of the Mixed Emerging Technology Integration Lab (METIL) at the University of Central Florida's Institute for Simulation & Training, Dr. Metcalf and his team partner with industry, the military and academia to create innovative solutions, like DreamDegree. He loves to surf.
Aaron ("A.J.") Ripin has 17 years in business strategy, innovation and development. He brings to DreamDegree his experience in mobile learning, social media and total engagement. A graduate of the University of Hartford’s Barney School of Business, Ripin enjoys cooking and doing anything outdoors.
David Rogers brings to DreamDegree a wealth of understanding of mobile knowledge solutions. He founded Allogy Interactive, which provides mobile learning solutions for students throughout the world. He also is a research associate at the Institute for Simulation & Training at the University of Central Florida. Rogers served in the U.S. Air Force after graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Dr. Troy Glassman is one of the chief strategists behind the launch of DreamDegree. He has been an advocate and leader in online education for more than 16 years. A career Military Army Officer with more than 28 years of experience, the majority of his service was with Special Operations. Boy, does he know how to plan: he has been recognized as a Demonstrated Master Logistician from the International Society of Logistics.
Steve Clugston is CEO of Dream Degree Academics, LLC., which provides the courses, with American Council on Education credit recommendation, offered at DreamDegree.org. Former elementary school teacher who has embraced online learning as the future's powerful platform for education. In local golf competition he can be a stellar player.
R. Wayne Clugston, senior academic advisor at Dream Degree Academic, LLC, began his long career in a one-room schoolhouse. Along the way he's held numerous teaching and administration positions, and owned a company that developed curriculum widely used in adult degree-completion programs at more than 50 universities. Mr. Clugston was also cofounder of innovative education powerhouse Bridgepoint Education..
Michael Jon Brown, DreamDegree's general counsel, provides corporate counseling to emerging growth companies, as well as the venture capital firms, private equity firms and strategic investors that finance them. Brown graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law.
Aaron Chavez, DreamDegree's ecommerce and social networking guru, understands the power of the Internet. At the young age of 19, Chavez co-founded Sevenly -- a social good company that since its launch in 2011 has raised raise more than $2.1 million by selling limited edition products through ecommerce and social networking.
Kory Maine is DreamDegree's "get it done" guy. An avid Apple product user since adolescence, Maine has extensive experience in project management, IT, and multimedia graphics and video. He also plays drums in a local band.
Will Weyer leads the DreamDegree branding and creative efforts to develop solid experiences across all types of media, both digital and traditional. With Specialized Associates Degrees in both digital media and film and video, and experience directing a variety of award -winning interactive projects including numerous Webbys, Daveys, and FWA awards, Weyer certainly enjoys creating new things.