Thursday, April 25, 2013

Integrate laughter into your innovation culture

If you're like many businesspeople, you have probably seen a swath of news articles talking about why you should be more innovative and how to create a culture of innovation on your team or in your organization. But while the importance of innovation can't be expressed enough, we believe that it doesn't have to be a weighty or stressful imperative wrought onto an organization. It should be fun!

And I have several ideas supporting just that notion -- and which we continue to use successfully at Post University. You can read them in the article I contributed to Wired magazine, "Laughter marks a successful culture of innovation." It lays out eight ways to foster a culture of innovation in your workplace. All the ideas are lightweight, don't require any expenses, and can be started today. I hope they inspire you! Thank you to the editors of Wired for publishing my piece!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Help vote Marie Russell to the top!

NEXT AWARD WINNER? Post University's
Marie Russell needs your vote!
Many of you know Marie Russell, Associate Faculty and Academic Advisor at Post University. She's just had a bit of great news. She's been nominated to win the Online Professor of the Year Award from Best Colleges Online!

Marie has been an educator for more than 30 years, and currently works with online students in the Early Childhood Education and Child Studies programs here at Post. Her teaching philosophy is to ensure her students aren't just learning, but are learning in ways that are meaningful to them and their lives.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Pursuing a CT early childhood teaching career?

CREDENTIALING: Post University Child Studies graduates are now officially
prepared to earn the Early Childhood Teaching Credential (ECTC)
Most Connecticut students interested in careers in early childhood education (ECE) have their sights set on finding a job with a publicly funded program, as opposed to a non-publicly funded program. That's because publicly funded programs are usually accredited, so they typically offer better salaries, more competitive benefits packages, and high standards.

But to teach in a state-funded program in Connecticut, ECE professionals need to have the new Early Childhood Teaching Credential (ECTC). This credential is a state requirement for teaching in publicly funded preschools and Head Start programs in Connecticut.

Friday, April 12, 2013

World peace, mastered by 4th-graders

COMPASSION: John Hunter's students learn how to
collaborate in the World Peace Game. Photo Credit: Will May
No challenge is too big for John Hunter's fourth-grade students -- even achieving world peace. Their tool is the World Peace Game, an innovative geo-political simulation game John developed that tasks students with tackling international crises and creating solutions to save the world. Students role play as presidents, diplomats, and military commanders to negotiate and collaborate their way to resolution.

The World Peace Game is 35 years in the making, and now John is telling stories from the front lines in his new book, "World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements," released last week. He recounted some of the most memorable stories when we interviewed him for our blog.

It was a true pleasure to talk to John, and we think you'll enjoy listening in. You'll get to hear John talk about:

Thursday, April 4, 2013

We're named a 'Best for Vets Business School'

It's been exciting and rewarding to see how the industry continues to recognize Post University's approach to education and meeting students' needs. Our latest award comes from Military Times, which has named The Malcolm Baldrige School of Business on its first-ever "Best for Vets: Business Schools 2013" list. We're ranked #11.

This honor is a testament to our business school's ongoing commitment to the principles of its namesake, Malcolm Baldrige -- excellence, innovation, and leadership. It's a testament to the University's dedication to helping military students achieve their educational and career goals since our Military Program's inception in 1976.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Online student support services make headway

SUPPORT SYSTEM: Strong student support services
are crucial to successful online education
There's growing recognition that strong, student-centered support services are vital to successful online education. What's more, this growing recognition could be signaling a new trend in online education, in which institutions are starting to exert a concerted effort to strengthen their online student support services.

I've read several news articles lately that have covered how online students require plenty of student-professor and student-to-student interaction, as well as academic advising, tutoring and library services, tuition planning, and other support to succeed. Here's a handful of them.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Spring athletics are just warming up!

Spring sports are in full bloom, and we have a number of great accomplishments already on the books for the Post University Eagles. Here's a look at some of the most recent highlights from around Post University athletics. As always, you can read about all our teams on the Post University Eagles website, and don't forget to follow @GoPostEagles on Twitter for real-time game updates, recaps, photos, and news.

Having a ball

Junior Ross Earnshaw of the Post University golf team was named Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Player of the Week on March 25. This is the second time he's won the award, also having been recognized during his freshman year in 2011. It's the fifth time the CACC has honored Ross in his career.