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Alumni Spotlight: Dannell Boatman

Why did you choose WVU’s RBA Program?

I chose the RBA program because it allowed me to use all of my undergraduate classes to help me graduate quickly. I had many diverse course credits, so it was great to find a degree program that helped me integrate them into a useful degree.


What would you say to a prospective student considering the RBA Program?

Go for it! My RBA has opened so many doors. Having that credential is essential to advance in most careers so why not pursue it through a flexible program that allows you to shape the content and focus? The RBA program is very individualized. I liked that.


What was your favorite part of the program?

I was able to earn my degree quickly and use all of my past undergraduate work. In addition, the RBA staff was fantastic! They are caring professionals who want you to succeed.


If you had a friend considering going back to school that was worried about the cost, or not fitting in at the University, what would you tell them about the RBA program?

Again, go for it! Things always seem intimidating before you start, but trust me, this is a worthwhile cause. It is an amazing feeling to receive your diploma and know that you earned that. I am a first-generation college graduate, and I did struggle some when I started school right out of high school. When I started the RBA program, though, things fell into place. As for cost, WVU is a very competitively priced university. That is why it is such a great resource for West Virginia students.


What aspect of the program made it convenient to you as an adult?

I liked that I was able to pick the classes I was interested in and build a degree around my needs. 


Where do you see yourself in five years?  How did or will the RBA Program make that plan possible?

I am currently pursuing a graduate degree in adult education, so I foresee myself still working in higher education. Knowledge is powerful, and I want to help others achieve their personal, professional and educational goals through their pursuit of a degree.