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Student Testimonials

See what our students say about the MESA Online programs.

MESA Quantitative Research Student Testimonial

The MESA program pushed me to think deeply about the many facets of statistical modeling. I was so inspired that I immediately began implementing some of these concepts into my Precalculus course and using it to support school and district level analysis.

C. Marlow  |  MEd in MESA
MESA Quantitative Research Student Testimonial

This program has been great so far. The faculty is supportive and readily available. The courses and individual lessons have been clear and coherent. I am able to work at my own pace, while also having instructors and other students available to answer questions or engage in discussions.

G. Braun  |  MEd in MESA
MESA Quantitative Research Student Testimonial

I was originally interested in increasing my knowledge of statistics so I applied for the ERM certificate. I was so impressed by the level of support and structure the online courses and professors offered, though, that I decided to pursue the MEd MESA degree. I am so thankful to be part of this program.

S. Walte  |  MEd in MESA
MESA Quantitative Research Student Testimonial

The MEd MESA program is comprehensive program equipping me with knowledge and skills to become a professional project manager for an examination board. From the discussion of fundamental principles such as validity and fairness to the study of practical issues like item-writing and large-scale examination administration, the courses cover a wide-range of topics that frequently appear on my meeting agendas.

WL Siu  |  MEd in MESA
MESA Quantitative Research Student Testimonial

The faculty were knowledgeable, approachable, and quite skillful at leveraging the online nature of the program. I can honestly say that MESA changed my career path completely.

Himilcon Inciarte  |  MEd in MESA
MESA Quantitative Research Student Testimonial

The program gave me a solid foundation. I’m not just shooting from the hip. I know the theory, best practices, and what I’m doing.

Cynthia Johnson  |  MEd in MESA, UIC Class of 2010
MESA Quantitative Research Student Testimonial

My learning in the program has helped me identify learning targets for programs I manage so that I can plan assessment and content to meet those targets. I’ve learned how to collect, organize, analyze, and represent data to tell a story about my programs and the participants.

Denise Ching  |  MEd in MESA, UIC Class of 2016
MESA Quantitative Research Student Testimonial

The program is a great introduction to educational research in all its forms – pure educational research, classroom assessments, and educational program evaluation. If you want a good, solid background in these areas, the UIC MESA MEd is a great way to get it.

R. Jerome Anderson  |  MEd in MESA, UIC Class of 2015
MESA Quantitative Research Student Testimonial

UIC’s MESA is the program for you if you love challenges and apply expertise you learn via this program right away to your work projects.

Nousheen Islam  |  MEd in MESA, UIC Class of 2015
MESA Quantitative Research Student Testimonial

I’ve used practically everything I’ve learned in all my classes on a day-to-day basis in my role in the department. My peers definitely recognize that I’m an important resource for the design and analysis of exams.

Peter Ohotnicky  |  MEd in MESA, UIC Class of 2016
MESA Quantitative Research Student Testimonial

From this program, I have many more statistical tools to draw upon in my daily work, and I have a better understanding of the underlying assumptions of each analysis and how to interpret the results.

Robert Sweatman  |  MEd in MESA, UIC Class of 2017
MESA Quantitative Research Student Testimonial

I use the skills and knowledge taught to perform my job, which includes conducting higher-order evaluations of our training programs as well as mentoring my direct reports in the evalution field.

Scott Frasard  |  MEd in MESA, UIC Class of 2016
MESA Quantitative Research Student Testimonial

My MESA certificate has helped me a great deal professionally. I have been recognized with the Faculty Excellence Award by the College of Management and Technology at my university.

Sheryl Kristensen  |  ERM Certificate Awarded August 2012

I have also gained more confidence in specialized institutional research and ad-hoc reporting.

Donna Weglarz  |  ERM Certificate Awarded December 2015

The biggest benefit has been a depth of knowledge which has contributed greatly to my professional confidence.

Sarah Curry  |  MEd in MESA, UIC Class of 2014

If you’re willing to put in the work, it is worth everything else you invest into it. All of the classes were really well-designed and I wish I could have taken more.

Tiffany Johnson  |  MEd in MESA, UIC Class of 2015

I use the learning from my degree all the time. Working in assessment, I now have the knowledge and the vocabulary to discuss very technical issues with our psychometric research and test development teams.

Victoria Driver  |  MEd in MESA, UIC Class of 2016
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