Wrestling the Beast: How to Ace a Performance Review

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Sep 30, 2014 4:30:00 PM

midyear review, online education degree, getting ahead at workIn the jungle known as the office, performance reviews are a different kind of animal. While you think you know its patterns, at any moment you could be totally caught by surprise.

You spend time preparing for it, anticipating the moment you’ll come face to face and aiming for the center of the target. Yep, there's nothing like a performance review to get you riled up.

In fact, if UCLA professor Samuel Culbert had his way, the performance review would be an extinct species.


Topics: Career Tips

Alumni Advice: How I went from Surviving to Thriving

Posted by Robert Harvey

Sep 30, 2014 10:00:00 AM

top-secret-files_iStock_000004093101Small1You may remember a bit of my story from when I was featured in the alumni spotlight blog back in June! I earned my Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resource Management in 2013.

Working through my online degree program, I learned just how much discipline it takes to balance school and my family. I also discovered that technology influences every aspect of our lives.

Do you ever find that same technology sometimes complicates things that should be fairly simple? I did.


Topics: Academic Advice

The Blacklist: Topics to avoid for your research paper

Posted by Greg Gildersleeve

Sep 29, 2014 10:00:00 AM

writing for college, topics for research papers, 100%online degree One of the challenges students face in college writing is topic selection.

Some instructors teaching online college courses determine in advance what topics their students are allowed to write about; others give students a more or less free rein.

The good thing about such a course is that you may get to write about a topic that already interests you. The bad thing? You have to choose your topic wisely.


Topics: Academic Advice

From bending to expanding: Here's what you may have missed this week.

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Sep 26, 2014 9:00:00 AM

012800d7a075169926cc4bf272e78f89The first week of autumn brings cooler weather for most. Hopefully, you’ve found a rhythm in your online college classes and are being challenged!  

We know it’s been a busy week but temper your online degree program with some light news, perfect for sharing with friends at this weekend's tailgating event.


Topics: online degree programs, In the News

Invention, Imagination and Piles of Junk

Posted by Charles Stiles

Sep 25, 2014 5:30:00 PM

junk-pileDid you have a good summer? Was it filled with fun? Adventure? Invention?

One Texas family found a way to swing all four. They started with a simple premise – there had to be a better way to create a stockpile of hundreds of … water balloons.

In this article, I read how Josh Malone, engineer and father-of-the-year candidate, came up with a solution that fully prepares his kids to take on all in a water balloon fight.

The nature of invention brought to mind a quote from Edison about perspiration and imagination. I quickly went online to search out the exact quote for this blog when I came across a different quote by Tom, that I liked even more: “To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.”


Want to read faster and learn more? Find out how!

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Sep 25, 2014 9:00:00 AM

reading faster, retaining more info, online education degreeWhen you enroll in an online degree program — regardless of your specific field of study — you should plan to do a fair amount of reading as part of your studies.

Whether you're reading your instructor's assignment rubric or a piece of peer-reviewed literature, by using active reading techniques, you'll absorb and engage with the material in your online college courses. 

But did you know that there is a wrong way to read?


Topics: Academic Advice

Meet Recent Criminal Justice Graduate: KCPD Sergeant Brad Lynn

Posted by Charles Stiles

Sep 24, 2014 4:00:00 PM

online college classes, first responder, accredited online degree On August 9, hundreds of Grantham graduates from all over the country came to Kansas City for the University’s annual commencement ceremony

Many traveled thousands of miles to be here, but their educational journeys are what interested me most.

That’s where I met with Brad Lynn, a recent graduate of our online criminal justice degree program and sergeant in the Kansas City Police Department (KCPD).

Although he didn’t have to go very far to attend the ceremony, his journey toward a college degree was not as effortless. In fact, it was one he almost didn’t take:


Topics: online degree programs

3 Options for Military Spouses that aren’t Eligible for MyCAA Funds

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Sep 24, 2014 9:15:00 AM

Three_Women-editIn full disclosure, I’m not a military spouse. Over the last two and half years, however, I have come to know and love more about the military spouse culture than ever before in my life.

Before joining Grantham, my husband and I lived in San Antonio, Texas. I have always respected men and women in uniform and the families that supported their service.


Topics: military

Work Smarter not Harder: How to Maximize Time While You Job Hunt

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Sep 23, 2014 4:30:00 PM

time-managementAccording to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), nearly 10 million people are currently looking for jobs. One owner of a small business reports receiving 250 applications for one advertised position.


Topics: Career Tips

A Perspective on Healing, Community & Commercial Arts for Veterans

Posted by Mark Smith

Sep 23, 2014 10:00:00 AM

veteran art therapy, healing affects of art, military friendly collegeOne thing that has been an interesting experience for me, as a veteran artist, is that people often want to promote veterans making art for therapeutic reasons. It is slightly more difficult for people to understand how making art is helpful.

While some find it to be a natural fit, not all veterans see making art as a therapeutic endeavor. Although I have experienced the healing effects of art, it is not always the function of the work. There are other reasons veterans can make art.


Topics: military

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