Fassel and Sehar Rana

Fassel and Sehar Rana

Sehar Rana
Master of Arts in Organizational Management, Human Resources Management specialization, 2013

Fassel Rana
Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management, 2013

“We did a lot of research and looked at all the online schools, and we’re glad we did.”

Married couple Fassel and Sehar Rana took online courses together at Ashford University and graduated together at the commencement ceremony held at the iWireless center in May 2013. Although the drive to Moline, IL from Birmingham, AL was long for the couple, their two children, and Fassel’s parents, it didn’t compare to the flight Sehar’s parents took all the way from Indonesia!

So how did it feel to have their loved ones together from such great distances on this monumental day? “It’s a very proud feeling,” said Sehar. “Especially for my kids; it’s a lesson for them because they’re so young. I feel awesome they know that their parents are doing the school work and all that, so they know what the importance of education is in their life. So it’ s a very proud moment for us.”

Though Sehar is still currently a stay-at-home mom, she feels confident she’ll now be better prepared to re-enter the workforce when the time is right armed with her Master of Arts in Organizational Management, Human Resources Management specialization degree. 

And Fassel shared that he is using his Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management degree to back up the management experience he already has at his workplace. “Right now I’m hoping to be able to move up further in the company and eventually get into human resources,” he explained.

“He has been struggling to complete his degree for the past eight years,” said Sehar of her husband. “He got married, we have kids. Finally being able to complete his degree was a huge break for him.” 

The innovative technology behind Ashford’s online programs played a big role in Fassel’s ability to finally be able to do so. “We used both Constellation and the Ashford Mobile app to do our discussions on,” he said. “I would do it on my cell phone as well as my tablet. Sometimes at work, I would take a break and pull my phone out and look at discussions and see if I could answer a discussion or two. So it came in handy quite a few times.”

Additionally, the couple noted that the quality of the instructors and the material were other aspects that made the program worthwhile. “The faculty members were highly qualified. Their credentials sometimes went on and on,” said Sehar. “It was a challenge to take my classes,” added Fassel. 

As they got ready to round up the family and head home to begin their new lives as graduates, Fassel said, “We did a lot of research and looked at all the online schools, and we’re glad we did. Ashford’s a really good school.”