Monday, April 30, 2012

Some Post University 2012 graduation statistics

Post University commencement 2012 is just a few days away, and we're wrapping up with our final planning and logistics. That includes crunching the numbers on how many university graduates we have this year, the number of students who completed their degrees on our main campus, the number who completed them through our online accelerated degree program, who's coming to commencement, and more. Want to know where you fit in? Here's an infographic showing some Post University 2012 graduation statistics we thought you'd like to know.

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Ending remedial education, the value of an MBA degree, and becoming a strategic leader: The latest topics we're talking about

Several news articles have caught our attention lately, and we wanted to weigh on some of the top issues we're seeing being discussed in education and business. Here's a roundup of our take on some of these stories in the media:

How to end remedial education by narrowing achievement gaps

The Connecticut General Assembly’s higher education committee passed a bill in March that would require the state’s public colleges and universities to eliminate non-credit stand-alone remedial classes by fall 2014. The bill has been drawing national attention, as many see it as an effort to address a long-standing obstacle to improving graduation rates.

It has also "raised questions about why so many incoming students are not prepared for college-level work and what can be done about it," according to Nancy L. Zimpher, Chancellor of the State University of New York. She writes in an Inside Higher Ed article that everyone who has a stake in a child’s education (parents, educators, civic groups, employers, and government leaders) must collaborate better to immediately address weaknesses they see in a child's learning progress, before they become larger challenges that require remediation.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

19 perspectives on the future of online higher education in America

A NEW NARRATIVE: Steve Hargadon analyzes education shifts
during our Online Learning Conference 2012
With 19 presenters at Post University's Online Learning Conference 2012 last week, there was nothing short of 19 perspectives on the issues, trends, and technologies shaping the future of online higher education in America.

If you were there, you have probably formulated some of your own thoughts on what you saw. And if you weren't able to make it to our event in Waterbury, Conn., you haven't missed out. We recorded all 14 sessions and will be posting them on our blog throughout the coming weeks. You can follow them by bookmarking our Online Learning Conference 2012 tag.

But first, I wanted to sum up a few of the highlights from the conference. This year's theme was "Shaping the Future: Driving Innovation in Online Higher Education." Speakers shared many great insights and guidance on how to take advantage of new strategies and technologies in online education.

Ronald J. Pugliese, Director of Economic Development for the City of Waterbury, opened the event with his thoughts on the future of Waterbury, which he said is extremely bright. Ron cited Post University's leadership in higher education and the city's partnership with the University as one of the most important ways Waterbury will be able to bring positive change to its community in the coming years.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

3 ways to thrive through the education industry's evolution

Many colleges and universities have been around for decades, and some, centuries. Over the years, student needs have changed. Instructional design approaches have advanced. Educational technologies have become more sophisticated.

The colleges and universities that have continued to stay relevant through the education industry's evolution are the ones that have gone beyond just adapting to new ways of thinking and doing things. Rather, they've embraced change and put a stake in the ground to innovate new educational approaches to meet the needs of the modern student.

Sounds self-evident. But it doesn't come easy, as many educators who've been in this situation can probably attest. In fact, we're some of them. The last several years have been a mission to reinvent Post University to meet the needs of today's students, which include a growing number of adult learners in addition to 18- to 22-year-olds.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Men's lacrosse comes to Post University

Sticks up, fellas! Men's lacrosse has come to Post University! That's right, we've scored our first men's lacrosse team in Post University history, joining our 16 other intercollegiate sports. Jim Griffin was named the program's inaugural head coach.

Lacrosse is widely known around the Northeast, and Post University has had a women's lacrosse team since 2009. So it was an easy decision to add men's lacrosse to our student athletic programs. We hope the addition of men's lacrosse will bring more top-notch student athletes to Post University, while also expanding the use of our new LaMoy athletic field.

We believe Coach Griffin will play an instrumental role in recruiting and developing a winning men's lacrosse team for many seasons to come -- on and off the field. Before joining our squad, Coach Griffin helped guide the launch of the men’s lacrosse program at York College of Pennsylvania. He served as the team's head coach for seven years, ending with a 56-48 record. You can read more about Coach Griffin's background on the Post University athletics website.

Also be sure to watch our video interview with Coach Griffin, where he talks about his plans for creating a winning Post University men's lacrosse team.

The Post Eagles will begin practice in 2013, and gain full varsity standing in 2014. If you're interested in learning more about the team, hit the Post Eagles site for details on Post University's men's lacrosse program, and read our press release announcing the men's lacrosse team.

If you're interested in joining the men's lacrosse team, fill out the recruiting questionnaire.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Post University Online Learning Conference 2012 speakers announced

FORESIGHT FOR THE FUTURE: Reserve your spot now
to hear what's next for online education and your role within it
A couple weeks ago we told you that education futurist Steve Hargadon will be keynoting Post University's second annual Online Learning Conference on April 20 at the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, Conn. We also told you that we'd be announcing the full list of speakers and sessions soon. Today, I wanted to pull the curtains off that information!

As I wrote about in my last post, this year's conference theme is "Shaping the Future: Driving Innovation in Online Higher Education." After Steve sets the tone for the day in his opening address, "The Future of Education," a full array of thought leaders, educators, and researchers will bring you the latest news, information, and innovations that are driving change in higher education -- and in particular, online higher education.

Roger Travis from the University of Connecticut will talk about an alternate reality game course in "How to Turn an Online Course into a Mission to Save the World." Hendree Milward, a math instructor from Tunxis Community College will talk about a lean, mean media-rich social messaging system called Edmodo in "Discuss -- Quick, Light and Mobile."

Dr. Jerald Cole of the University of Bridgeport (now studying at Harvard) will present "Uses of Social Media in Education: Modes, Methods, Media and Architectures." New vocabulary will be in full force: texting, tagging, wikiing, and blogging with rich media integration -- all things that will be sure to generate good discussion.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Countdown to Post University graduation 2012!

Attention soon-to-be graduates! You've probably had May 5, 2012 circled on your calendar for quite some time. It has definitely been on my calendar for many months. That's the day when the Post University Class of 2012 will graduate.

We've been preparing for commencement for several weeks now, and we wanted to give you an update on where our plans stand. Given that our graduating class includes traditional students from our Main Campus in Waterbury, Conn., as well as Online Accelerated Degree Program students, we have a number of things planned for our graduates.

Something new we've done this year is create a Facebook event for Post University Graduation 2012. Hit the page to let everyone know if you're going, and find out who will be there!

You can also use the Post University Graduation 2012 event page to help plan for and celebrate graduation, as well as interact with your fellow soon-to-be graduates. Keep an eye out for graduation updates, and feel free to ask any questions about commencement. We'll get back to you right away.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

4 ways to slow down and become a better business owner

Hey business owners, it's quiz time! Do you move from one task to the next without finishing what you started? Do you jump out of meetings to answer calls to your cell phone? Do you respond to emails while on conference calls? Do you scarf down lunch while responding to emails while on conference calls?

If you answered yes to any of the above, you're like most business owners. It doesn't make you crazy (at least, not necessarily ...). But it certainly makes you crazed. Operating this way nearly always carries a hefty price tag.

For starters, multitasking has repeatedly been found to lower productivity, and in some case, by as much as 40 percent. Racing through 14-hour marathon days burns you out, which reduces your mental sharpness and clarity. This increases the chance you'll make mistakes, and decreases your ability to think creatively and strategically. Your team is also effected. They will either try to model your behavior or, worse yet, reduce their effort because they conclude it is impossible to keep up.

But I probably don't have to tell you this. You know first-hand the detriment that a harried work life can have on your energy, sanity, and personal life. You also probably know that during your slower days, you're able to concentrate better and get more accomplished. It's not science. The best way to fuel improved productivity, innovative thinking, and smooth business operations is not to go, go, go, but to SLOW DOWN. Here are four tactics worth trying:

1. Clear your mind and desk. It's difficult to plan what you want to accomplish when your mind is rife with to-dos, papers are piled on your desk, and your inbox is bursting with unread mail. Organize it. Get rid of clutter. Then think about and decide what you want to do.