Apr 19, 2016 1:30:00 PM
Though it’s been many years since I completed my last degree, I can still feel the butterflies … er, thrill I used to experience every year when the fall semester arrived.
I loved the process of preparing to get back into the swing of learning, stocking up on classroom necessities like new markers, pencils and note pads to help get mentally engaged.
But how do you prepare for the challenge of attending school when the classroom, supplies and resources aren’t physical, but virtual? Especially if you’ve never had to deal with an Online Learning System (OLS) before?
Apr 15, 2016 9:30:00 AM
Recently I sat in on presentations facilitated by our academic team here at Grantham University. One of them was given by our own dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, Dr. Nancy Miller.
At Grantham, our undergraduate engineering programs are in engineering technology. I’ve often wondered what the difference is between earning a degree in Engineering and one in Engineering Technology.
From what I could gather from Dr. Miller’s presentation, the answer is … a whole lot of math.
Apr 12, 2016 9:30:00 AM
A genius meme made its way into my email inbox recently. I can't remember exactly what it said, but to paraphrase: "The world is losing its geniuses ... Einstein is gone, Newton is dead and I'm not feeling too well today."
Except for the "genius" part, that's pretty much how I feel when I get a math or science problem — I'm just not feeling too well today.
(It's funny how homework can do that to you sometimes.)
Fortunately for students at Grantham University, whenever you have a math, writing or learning question, you can get some TLC (in this case, that means Teaching and Learning Center).
Apr 5, 2016 9:30:00 AM
As an online instructor for the last decade, I’ve heard a number of excuses from my students regarding everything from late work to missed exams.
My favorites? “Lightning hit my house.” “My husband took my laptop to work.” “I had to work late.” “I didn’t realize I was turning in my wife’s paper instead of my own.”
And my absolute favorite: “But I didn’t know that was plagiarism.”
More times than not, the excuses are legit and I find a way to work with my students because, for the most part, I know they are committed to pursuing their online accredited degree.
However, when I’m talking with a prospective student, one who is investigating the merits of taking classes online, some excuses just won’t hold water.
Topics: online degree programs
Mar 31, 2016 9:30:00 AM
You’ve heard “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” … but did you know that this oft-quoted line is actually fire-fighting advice?
It was uttered in 1736 by a young Benjamin Franklin after organizing our nation’s first firefighting service.
The First American
In tribute to his many firsts – from our first ambassador to France to our first postmaster general to founding America’s first public library – many historians give this particular Founding Father the title of “The First American.”
For this bit of fire fighter education and wisdom, perhaps we should also call him our First “First Responder.”
Mar 29, 2016 5:00:00 PM
"Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don’t." That’s the kind of wisdom my grandfather shared with me growing up.
It wasn’t until later in life that I realized my grandfather, in all of his wisdom and wit, wasn’t the creator of this phrase, but rather stole it from folk singer Pete Seeger. I never truly experienced the meaning behind the message until I started working at Grantham University in the summer of 2014.
Grantham was my first "big girl" job. I was 21, fresh out of college and ready to take on the real world. For my first project, I had the tremendous honor of being involved in an organization called the Council of College and Military Educators (CCME) with Dr. Jeffrey Cropsey, Grantham’s VP for strategic initiatives and government relations, and other members of the CCME Board.
I knew from the beginning I was a part of something much bigger than myself.
Mar 23, 2016 9:30:00 AM
In its Occupational Outlook Handbook, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects the job outlook for hundreds of careers. Opportunities in most HR-related careers are projected to grow as fast or faster than the average.
So what can you do with a human resources degree? Well, according to the BLS, the answer just might be … land a job.
Here’s a quick overview of some of the most promising career paths for someone earning an HR degree – from the professional ranks and on into management:
Mar 21, 2016 9:30:00 AM
I’ve worked at Grantham University for over a year now as the Community Relations Specialist and I’m always in awe of the giving spirit of our employees. March 2, was no different.
On that day we invited 15 Greater Kansas City charitable organizations to participate in a community volunteer fair. Goodwill of Western Missouri and Eastern Kansas also brought a 53-foot semi-trailer to the university parking lot for a donation drive.
Mar 15, 2016 11:30:00 AM
Adult learners approach the pursuit of higher education differently than recent high school graduates. That's just a fact, and that’s okay.
Given the importance of earning an online accredited degree as an adult learner, they should.
For all the youthful exuberance a new high school graduate brings to the classroom, most adult learners see education as an investment of time and money.
And that requires careful and thoughtful consideration. So how do you know when you’ve found “the one” for you?