Dawn Cooley

Why did you choose the SPEA Connect MPA program?

I chose the SPEA Connect program for several reasons. First, a few SPEA graduates I knew highly recommended the program. After a bit of research, I learned that it was the top in the country, especially in my field of nonprofit management. And finally, I liked the idea that it was close to home, so that if I wanted or needed to head to Bloomington for something I could. I took one hybrid course and have participated in SPEA Connect Week, and it was wonderful to meet professors and fellow classmates in person.


How has the flexibility of the online program helped you to balance all of your responsibilities?


I travel a lot around the Southern United States for my job, and I knew I would not be able to commit to an in-person program. The Connect program allows me to connect from anywhere, and to do the classes on my own time. It has allowed me to be around for my two teen children when they need me, continue to my work, and still learn and grow through the classes and interactions with others.