Friday, January 25, 2013

Where does college fit into the life of a military wife?

Sara Lopez, Post University Class of 2012
Military wives are heroes in their own right, often living transient lives, taking on the greater share of household and family responsibilities, sending photos back home when babies are born, explaining to their children why daddy isn't around, and counting the moments until he walks through the front door.

When so much time is devoted to their families, many military wives push other endeavors, such earning a college degree, to the back burner. But does that mean education must stay in the background? When can military wives fulfill their educational, and likewise, career goals?

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Redefining our approach to teaching and learning

STUDENT-CENTERED: We must focus on student needs,
outcomes, support, and engagement
It's no secret that many college and university faculty members continue to teach the way they were taught. They often rely on pre-planned lectures where students take notes, then study the notes, read the text, and take the test or write the paper.

PowerPoint has largely replaced chalkboards and overhead projectors, but teaching methods have mostly remained the same for centuries, despite research that shows lecture and other passive learning models are among the least effective teaching and learning formats.

To develop the minds and skills of students in 2013 and beyond, we need to redefine our approach to student learning. And although classrooms -- whether face-to-face or virtual -- vary in content and specific learning goals, a core set of best practices for teaching and learning should apply across the board.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

For all adult learners: The advice you've been looking for has arrived!

A couple of months ago, we told you we had a special e-book in the works for adult learners. The book is the outcome of a contest we ran on Post University's Facebook page last year, called the Advice to Your Former Self Contest. We asked adult learners nationwide to tell us the advice they would give themselves if they could start their college degree program all over again.

Some 356 adult learners responded with tales of how they conquered their fears, beat the odds, and went back to school while juggling careers, family responsibilities, and more. Our judges awarded the adult learner with the best story, Victor Belarmino from Virginia, the grand prize.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Will your business be in good health this New Year?

IN SHAPE: Business owners should take their companies' health
to the next level in 2013
Year-end business performance reviews were in full swing in recent weeks. Most business owners use traditional KPIs like revenue, profit, and cash flow to measure the health of their companies, and set monthly, quarterly, and annual goals for 2013 to improve performance. At the same time, people everywhere are thinking about their personal health and fitness -- making resolutions to be better in the New Year.

But business owners who want to ensure better performance in the new year should pay attention to both the fiscal and the physical health of their organizations. Like a person, businesses naturally develop unhealthy habits over time that limit potential and performance.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013