Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, 2010
Master of Business Administration, 2012
“My decision to pursue my Bachelor’s degree was guided by my passion for knowledge.”“My decision to pursue my Bachelor’s degree was guided by my passion for knowledge,” Sheryl Jackson-Matthews, of Houston, TX, explains. She had already earned two paralegal certifications and built a strong career, but, as she explains it, “I wanted the personal satisfaction of knowing that I had finished what I started many years ago.”
Sheryl’s career began in marketing for a major airline, and then, in 1991, she became a consultant in the business sector. “My specialty is administrative law and compliance. I am also fluent in Spanish, which has opened a whole new world of cultural experiences.” Sheryl also volunteers as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate through Child Advocates, Inc.
In 2008, Sheryl decided she was tired of regretting her unfinished college education. She chose Ashford University because she was able to transfer several of her previously earned credits and also because of the brick-and-mortar campus in Clinton, Iowa. “During my research I found that Ashford was established in 1918. This was the single most important factor in my decision - I knew that this school had a history and had the students’ best interest in mind.”
Sheryl was also impressed by the University's instructors, who she believes have a unique understanding of adult learners. “My Ashford instructors really understood that adult students learn from each other. Our life experiences, our hopes and dreams, and our perspectives make us prone to teach ourselves. You never know what your classmates, or even your instructors, will learn from what you post on the discussion board. This is why I enjoy online learning!”
One month after completing the Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, Sheryl enrolled in Ashford’s online MBA program. After the MBA, she said she was contemplating enrolling in Ashford’s sister school, University of the Rockies, to pursue a Doctor of Psychology, Mediation and Conflict Resolution specialization.
Sheryl said her time at Ashford has dramatically changed her life. “Once your brain has been stretched by the learning experience at Ashford, it will never return to its original state. I see life through a different lens.”