Memphis Area Starts Year With Six Breakaway Districts – Education Week

Published Online: August 19, 2014

Published in Print: August 20, 2014, as Memphis Area Starts Year With Six Breakaway Districts

News in Brief

Six new districts opened their doors to students in Shelby County, Tenn., this month, after prolonged legal wrangling by suburban municipalities that sought to split from the Shelby County district after its merger with the schools in Memphis.

The Shelby County school system, which includes the city of Memphis and the Achievement School District—made up of poor-performing schools that have been taken over by the state—remains.

The suburban separation was set in motion beginning in 2011, when, because of financial issues, the Memphis school board and then later city residents voted to merge the predominantly black district with the smaller, suburban, and predominantly white county district. The result was the creation of one of the largest districts in the country, with more than 140,000 students.

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International Junior Achievement Students Arriving for Leadership Conference

High school students to compete in week-long case competition

Wednesday, August 13, 2014, Peterborough

Trent University and Junior Achievement of Canada are proud to welcome student delegates from around the world for the Next Generation Leadership (NGL) Forum. The week-long leadership development forum will be hosted by the Peterborough, Lakeland, and Muskoka Junior Achievement office at Trent’s Symons Campus.

The NGL Forum is designed to help students build their leadership, creativity, team work and business skills as they solve a real-life business challenge, in collaboration with their global peers, University faculty and business leaders.

Participating students have been selected and sponsored by Junior Achievement offices from around the globe.  Students will spend the week in small groups, participating in a variety of workshops and activities hosted by business leaders and faculty members from Trent University’s Business Administration and Masters in Sustainability Studies programs.

Trent was announced as the host for the 2014 and 2015 Next Generation Leadership Forums last October after competing nationally for the opportunity.

Media are encouraged to attend Forum events throughout the week for a variety of interview and photo opportunities. The full Forum schedule is available on request.

Next Generation Leadership Forum Event Highlights:

What:                    Opening Ceremonies

When:                  Monday, August 18, 9:00 a.m.

Where:                 Great Hall, Champlain College

Photo Op:           Forum delegates and chaperones will be welcomed by Trent president, Dr. Leo Groarke, and Junior Achievement Canada president and CEO, Keith Publicover

What:                    Interview opportunity with local and international delegates

When:                  Tuesday, August 19, 12:00 p.m.

Where:                 Peter Robinson Dining Hall, Gzowski College

What:                    Trent Mudder obstacle course and canoe experience

When:                  Wednesday, August 20, 1:30 p.m.

Where:                 Trent University Athletics Field

Photo Op:           Student teams face off in a Trent Mudder obstacle course, and international students experience a canoe ride on the Otonabee River hosted in partnership with The Land Canadian Adventures

What:                    Ultimate Business Challenge Presentation

When:                 Friday, August 22, 1:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Where:                 Wenjack Theatre, Otonabee College

Photo Op:           Student teams present their business case solutions developed over the course of the week to a panel of judges.

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New crops and healthcare expert appointed at agricultural university

Dr Xianmin Chang at the RAU

Dr Xianmin Chang at the RAU

The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Chang Xianmin to the School of Agriculture, Food and Environment (SAFE).

Dr Chang brings a wealth of expertise and scientific understanding of metabolites in plants, of particular interest to the pharmaceutical industry and future healthcare. He is especially known for his most recent work on daffodils as a source of important alkaloids, particularly the compound galanthamine, with acknowledged potential for the future treatment of Alzheimers disease and some brain disorders.

Dr Chang was previously OVS Health Foundation Senior Fellow at Liverpool University and Principal Scientific Officer for the Agroceutical Products Ltd (APL) company. After many years as an Associate Professor of Agronomy and Vice-Director of University Farms at China Agricultural University, Dr Chang undertook further research in seed technology and plant biochemistry at Poznan Agricultural University in Poland and subsequently at Nottingham University.

RAU Principal Professor Chris Gaskell CBE said: “Dr Chang is joining us at a particularly exciting time, with so much interest in the growing importance of new agritechnology in the UK. We are delighted that he has chosen to come to RAU at a time when we are also further developing our agritech research interests. His research on sourcing new medicinal products from plants is particularly exciting, and we look forward very much to supporting and working closely with Xianmin Chang in this area to develop it further.”

RAU Vice-Principal Professor Paul Davies said: “As many realise, we have hardly tapped the massive potential of the plant kingdom for new products of benefit to man, and this investment by RAU provides a particularly welcome new platform for crop science and agronomy research at Cirencester.

“In this research, we are also very pleased to be working closely with APL, who are continuing to strongly support Dr Chang with this work, and it was a pleasure to meet with Sir Roger Jones and Kevin Stephens recently at RAU to further discuss our mutual interests and the many new opportunities. We look forward to collaborating closely together – and to supporting Dr Chang in any way we can with these important studies.”

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Harvard University one of the Most Prestigious Universities in The World

Name of Institution: Harvard University
Year of Establishment: September 8, 1636
Type of Institution: Private
University Address:
Primary mailing address: Massachusetts Hall, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
Contact for Admissions and Aid Information: Harvard College, 86 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
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Brief Profile: Harvard University is a private Ivy League research college in Cambridge, Massachusetts, whose history, impact and riches have made it a standout amongst the most prestigious colleges on the planet.

Created in 1636 by the Massachusetts council and before long named for John Harvard, Harvard is the United States’ most seasoned organization of higher learning and the Harvard Corporation is its initially contracted partnership. In spite of the fact that never formally associated with any category, the early College principally prepared Congregation­alist and Unitarian ministry. Its educational program and understudy body were step by step secularized amid the eighteenth century, and by the nineteenth century Harvard had developed as the focal social stronghold among Boston elites. Following the American Civil War, President Charles W. Eliot’s long residency (1869–1909) changed the school and partnered proficient schools into a current examination college; Harvard was an establishing part of the Association of American Universities in 1900. James Bryant Conant headed the college through the Great Depression and World War II and started to change the educational program and change affirmations after the war. The undergrad school got to be coeducational after its 1977 merger with Radcliffe College.

The University is sorted out into eleven different scholastic units—ten staffs and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study—with grounds all through the Boston metropolitan zone: its 209-section of land (85 ha) fundamental yard is focused on Harvard Yard in Cambridge, give or take 3 miles (5 km) northwest of Boston; the business school and games offices, including Harvard Stadium, are found over the Charles River in the Allston neighborhood of Boston and the restorative, dental, and open wellbeing schools are in the Longwood Medical Area. Harvard has the biggest fiscal gift of any scholarly establishment on the planet, remaining at $32.3 billion as of June 2013.

Harvard is an extensive, very private exploration college. Its undergrad project (embodying a minority of selections) underlines an “expressions and sciences center”, while the graduate projects have a bigger assortment of disciplinary degrees advertised. The ostensible expense of participation is high, yet the University’s substantial blessing permits it to offer liberal money related help bundles. It works a few galleries, and the Harvard University Library is the most established library framework in the United States, the biggest scholarly and the biggest private library framework on the planet

It has numerous prominent graduated classes. Eight USA presidents and a few outside heads of state have been graduates from here. It is likewise the place of graduation of 62 living extremely rich people and 335 Rhodes Scholars, the most in the country. To date, about 150 Nobel laureates have been associated as understudies, teacher, or staff.

List of courses with approximate cost;

Name of Course Cost
FULL-TIME STUDENTS (Per Academic Year) $41,616.00
PART-TIME STUDENTS (Per Academic Year) $ 5,202.00
Advanced Doctoral Fee (for doctoral students who have fulfilled the tuition requirements) Per Academic Year. $ 4,162.00
HEALTH INSURANCE FEES (Per Academic Year) $ 3,358.00

Scholarship Options: The Committee on General Scholarships administers special financial aid, scholarship, and fellowship programs that support Harvard University graduate and undergraduate students. We are one possible source of financial assistance at Harvard.

The financial aid offices at Harvard’s eleven individual schools administer most of the financial aid opportunities available for Harvard students. Therefore, all students should pursue financial aid options directly through the school in which they plan to be enrolled.

The Committee on General Scholarships administers a broad range of programs and the eligibility requirements and application procedures vary widely. Please begin by choosing an area of interest, right. We hope this site will help you identify opportunities and we welcome your questions about our programs. For More

Top 5 Ranking by National Organizations

Name or the Ranking Rank
Forbes 8
U.S. News & World Report 2
Washington Monthly 8

Top 5 Ranking by International Organizations

Name or the Ranking Rank
QS 2
Times 2

Accreditation Received : NAICU, AICUM, AAU, and URA.

Top Recognized Alumni of the Institutions

Name of the Alumnus:
Politics: U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon; American political leaders John Hancock, John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Rutherford B. Hayes, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Al Gore, George W. Bush and Barack Obama; Chilean President Sebastián Piñera; Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos; Costa Rican President José María Figueres; Mexican Presidents Felipe Calderón,[117] Carlos Salinas de Gortari and Miguel de la Madrid; Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj; Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo; Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou; Canadian Governor General David Lloyd Johnston; Indian Member of Parliament Jayant Sinha; Albanian Prime Minister Fan S. Noli; Canadian Prime Ministers Mackenzie King and Pierre Trudeau; Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras; Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto; U. S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan; Canadian political leader Michael Ignatieff; Pakistani Members of Provincial Assembly Murtaza Bhutto and Sanam Bhutto; Bangladesh Minister of Finance Abul Maal Abdul Muhith; President of Puntland Abdiweli Mohamed Ali; U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Anthony Luzzatto Gardner.Royals: Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark, Crown Princess Masako of Japan, and Sheikh Dr. Muhammad Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah of Kuwait.Court: Chief Justice John Roberts, Israeli Supreme Court President Aharon Barak.Business: Religious leader, businessman and philanthropist Aga Khan IV; businessman and philanthropist Bill Gates; philanthropist Huntington Hartford; Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg; businessman and convict Jeffrey Skilling; and businessman Gabe Newell.

Other: Civil rights leader W. E. B. Du Bois; philosopher Henry David Thoreau; authors Ralph Waldo Emerson and William S. Burroughs; educator Harlan Hanson; poets Wallace Stevens, T. S. Eliot and E. E. Cummings; conductor Leonard Bernstein; cellist Yo Yo Ma; pianist and composer Charlie Albright; composer John Alden Carpenter; comedian, television show host and writer Conan O’Brien; actors Tatyana Ali, Nestor Carbonell, Matt Damon, Fred Gwynne, Hill Harper, Rashida Jones, Tommy Lee Jones, Ashley Judd, Jack Lemmon, Natalie Portman, Mira Sorvino, Elisabeth Shue, and Scottie Thompson; film directors Darren Aronofsky, Terrence Malick, Mira Nair, and Whit Stillman; architect Philip Johnson; musicians Rivers Cuomo, Tom Morello, and Gram Parsons; musician, producer and composer Ryan Leslie; serial killer Ted Kaczynski; programmer and activist Richard Stallman; NFL quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick; NFL center Matt Birk; NBA player Jeremy Lin; US Ski Team skier Ryan Max Riley; physician Sachin H. Jain; physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer; computer pioneer and inventor An Wang; Tibetologist George de Roerich; and Marshall Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto.

Demographics of student body
Undergraduate Graduate
and Professional
U.S. Census
Asian/Pacific Islander 17% 11% 5%
Black/Non-Hispanic 6% 4% 12%
Hispanics of any race 9% 5% 16%
White/non-Hispanic 46% 43% 64%
Mixed Race/Other 10% 8% 9%
International students 11% 27% N/A

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Goldsmiths celebrated for its diversity at The National Diversity Awards 2014

National Diversity Awards

Goldsmiths, University of London has been nominated for the Diverse Company Award at The National Diversity Awards 2014.

Goldsmiths is the only university nominated for the award, which identifies companies that have a diverse workforce and demonstrate a real commitment to helping people from deprived areas further their careers. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on 26 September.

Goldsmiths has a long history of engaging with diverse audiences. It places diversity right at the heart of its offer to students and staff, and has developed a number of ways to remove the obstacles that people may face in accessing higher education. These include:

  • Financial support like the Lewisham Fee Waivers
  • Open Book, which works with those from offending and addiction backgrounds to encourage them to take up education. So far this project has enabled more than 60 adults from socially excluded groups to find places on undergraduate courses at both Goldsmiths and other educational institutions
  • Progression agreements with local schools. The Department of Art, for example, signed an agreement with Lewisham College which allows local learners to explore Goldsmiths, consult with tutors on their portfolio, attend workshops, before receiving an opportunity to apply for a place on the art programmes

Charlene, who received a Lewisham Fee Waiver in 2012, and studies Popular Music, said: “I’m really blessed to have this bursary. It covers my full tuition fees so I couldn’t ask for anything more than that; it’s really going to help me a lot after university.”

The university also has a range of internship programmes for students from local sixth form colleges and schools. This gives them an insight into the world of employment in the higher education sector, in a variety of roles, and provides them with a number of skills that could be useful in their career paths.

The institution employs a diverse staff force, with over half of the Senior Management Team being female. Six out of seven Heads of Service at the university are women – even in traditionally male-dominated areas like Estates and Finance.

Goldsmiths is also working closely with the Leadership Foundation’s Aurora programme. This encourages a wide range of women in academic and professional roles to think of themselves as leaders, develop leadership skills, and helps institutions maximise the potential of such women.

Speaking about the diversity of the management team, particularly in relation to women, Liz Bromley, Registrar and Secretary at Goldsmiths, said: “I recognise how lucky I am to work with so many talented women – from experts in communications to people helping us to innovate and repurpose our estate. Their work helps Goldsmiths stand out as a centre of academic excellence that innovates and reinvents the world around us. These women will one day be taking this valuable experience to the next step in their careers, that of leading universities, and I feel it is our duty as an institution to help them to reach that goal.”

Patrick Loughrey, the Warden of Goldsmiths, said: “Our success as an institution is down to our vibrant community. One of the great joys of working at Goldsmiths is the chance to collaborate and work with staff and students who have had so many different experiences – it empowers us; it allows us to challenge the world around us; and it gives us a unique perspective that other universities don’t have. We’re absolutely thrilled to be nominated for this award.”

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Rower Yasmin ready for Team England challenge

University of Derby

University of Derby

A University of Derby student will represent Team England after landing a place in the Commonwealth Rowing Championships* in Scotland.
Yasmin Marks has been selected to race in the Women’s lightweight double scull (two rowers) and Women’s quadruple scull (four people), at the regatta to be held at Strathclyde Park in Motherwell this Saturday and Sunday (August 9 and 10).
The 22-year-old from Chellaston, who is about to embark on the final year of her BSc (Hons) Psychology degree, has received coaching from the University’s Team Derby sports development arm whilst also competing for Nottingham Rowing Club’s High Performance Centre.
She said: “It is so exciting to be selected as part of the team. I am really looking forward to my first international event and eager to represent my country. I will put everything I have into the event so that I can come home with a medal around my neck.”

Yasmin started building her reputation at Derby Rowing Club before moving to neighbouring Nottingham. She was awarded a bursary by the University of Derby as a contribution to her training costs and she competes in British Universities & Colleges Sports events for Derby.
Ollie Shearer, Sports Development Manager at the University of Derby, said: “We are all delighted for Yasmin – she trains extremely hard and is committed to the cause. This is a great achievement for her and she will be heading into the championships with Team Derby’s full support.”
*A Commonwealth Rowing Championships regatta has been organised in the year of the Commonwealth Games since 1986, although rowing is not currently included in the Games themselves.

University Contact Detail:

Address: Kedleston Old Rd, Derby DE22 1GB, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 1332 590500
Founded: 1992
CEO: John Coyne

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Higher education: the alternative

NTEUContrary to claims from Universities Australia and Christopher Pyne, there is an alternative to the sweeping and unfair changes to higher education proposed by the Abbott Government: better funding.

“The notion that the Senate must pass Mr Pyne’s changes or doom the sector to failure is misguided,” said Jeannie Rea, NTEU National President.

“Both Universities Australia and Minister Pyne have forgotten the myriad of reviews calling for greater public investment in tertiary education, most recently the Base Funding Review, which recommended a minimum increase of 10%. Instead we are being presented with a 20% cut in funding.

“Cutting investment in higher education will not assist universities in competing with international institutions, especially those in Asia whose growth is largely being funded through greater public investment, not cuts to public investment as is the case in Australia.

“Pyne’s reforms, like similar to those of VET in Victoria, are destined to fail and would force down the quality of education as universities struggle to find savings, or force up the fees of students making quality university education unfair and affordable for many.

“This unfair policy must be dumped. If Australia is to compete for the jobs of the future, students need to be able to access quality, well-funded education, regardless of their postcode or background.

“More university graduates means a healthier tax base, and more doctors, teachers, engineers and nurses.”

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Professor Rebekah Brown has been Appointed Director of the Monash Sustainability Institute

Monash University

Monash University water scientist Professor Rebekah Brown has been named Director of the Monash Sustainability Institute (MSI).

Educator Brown is perceived universally for her experimental development and world-heading research in urban water and maintainable quality. She will be assuming control over the position from Professor Dave Griggs, who is moving to a more research-centered part inside the Institute.

Monash University Provost and Senior Vice-President, Professor Edwina Cornish, said the errand was an extraordinary result for the University.

“Rebekah has an extraordinary record of grant, an incredible record of exploration effect and an exceptional capability to lead interdisciplinary examination with industry,” Professor Cornish said.

“I am exceptionally satisfied to have such an acclaimed and finished scientist heading one of the University’s emerge Institutes.”

MSI Chair, Professor John Thwaites said he was energized by the one of a kind abilities and commendable industry engagement experience Professor Brown brought to the part and was anticipating working with her to unite and expand upon MSI’s prosperity.

“Rebekah’s exploration and her part as a pioneer at the Cooperative Research Center (CRC) for Water Sensitive Cities, has set a benchmark in examination interpretation and industry coordinated effort. It makes her preferably set to lead MSI into the future and to help us make an interpretation of our work into useful genuine conclusions,” Professor Thwaites said.

“Teacher Dave Griggs has been an exceptional pioneer at MSI and fabricated its superb notoriety. We are extremely satisfied that he will stay on with MSI in a more research-centered part including his work on the Sustainable Development Goals.”

Teacher Brown has effectively established and encouraged various expansive multi-stakeholder consortiums, and assumed a focal part in uniting in excess of 70 associations to put resources into the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities, one of the biggest interdisciplinary examination focuses in Australia.

Teacher Brown said she felt advantaged to be given this opportunity and anticipated outfitting the critical extension and bore of Monash aptitude in handling a percentage of the world’s most pressing maintainability challenges.

“I’m very much looking forward to joining the MSI team and building upon the many notable achievements to date,” Professor Brown said.

Professor Brown is also a co-founder and Associate Director of the multi-disciplinary Monash Water for Liveability Centre. She has been honoured with research and industry awards and her innovative approach has been recognised by a number of international scientific communities. Her work has influenced policy and international funding programs to improve water resources in developing countries.

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Les Roches International School of Hotel Management Launches Specialization in Spa and Health Management


Collaboration agreements with industry leaders Genolier Swiss Medical Network and ESPAwill immerse students in practical, industry-specific learning while pursuing their studies

New Delhi, 30th July 2014: Les Roches International School of Hotel Management launched a new specialization in Spa and Health Management focused on the business and operational aspects of spa and health management, health and aesthetics, spa medicine and hotel spa services. The specialization is designed to prepare students to enter an industry which is experiencing double-digit growth worldwide.Les Roches’ collaboration with Genolier Swiss Medical Network (GSMN)and ESPA, two recognized industry leaders, will allow students to apply everything they learn on campus at Les Roches through hands-on experience and internships.

The Bachelor of Business Administration in International Hotel Management with a specialization in Spa and Health Management is aseven-semester program offered at Les Roches campus in Bluche, Switzerland, that provides a unique immersion into thespa and health industry. Students will visit ESPA-branded spas in London, experience best practice and conduct an integrated business project. Courses will focus on current and future trends, sustainability and environmental issues, retail spa operations, history and philosophy, as well as the business and leadership dynamics of this industry.Les Roches students will also spend two days visiting one of the GSMN’s clinics in Genolier,near Geneva tolearn from experts about working in a high-end health management company.

“Building a unique academic program paired with focused experiential learning and strong partners such as Genolier Swiss Medical Network and ESPA will set students on a solid career path,” said Sonia Tatar, CEO at Les Roches.“Graduates will benefit from the extensive expertise and knowledge of two renowned leaders in the industry.We are very proud to embark on this partnership with them.”

According to the Global Wellness Tourism Economy 2013 report, during the next five years the sector will grow at almost double the rate of global tourism, totaling $678.5 billion in 2017. In 2012, wellness tourism accounted for 1.8% of the world’s GDP, creating 11.7 million jobs accounting for $1.3 trillion global economic impact. The main driver of this growth will come from Asia, Latin America and the Middle East/North Africa, which are all regions that will recruit graduates whose talents offer a level of excellence and in-depth expertise.

“Les Roches is recognized for being an innovative global hospitality management school. It is always at the forefront of trends and industry needs, and provides students with a competitive edge to enter the employment market—especially in sectors that have remarkable potential for growth,”said Tatar.“The hospitality industry is not only about hotels; it includesspa and health management as well. Our students graduate with the business acumen, hospitality mindset and 5-star service approach which forms the very core of this sector.”

For more information about the new Spa and Health Management specialization, please visit

About Les Roches International School of Hotel Management

Les Roches International School of Hotel Management is a private Swiss Institution that offers undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate programs. Les Roches is accredited at university level by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC) ( and offers programs in the fields of hospitality, tourism, event and entertainment management. Nestled in the Swiss Alps at 1,274 meters in the small village of Bluche, just a few minutes’ drive from the famous ski and golf resort of Crans Montana, Les Roches offers its international student body a young and dynamic educational environment, perfect to mature in and gain experience to start an exciting and diverse professional career. Les Roches students have the possibility to transfer to/from Les Roches branch campuses and affiliated campuses in Spain, China and Jordan (Les Roches International Hotel Management School, Marbella, Spain; Les Roches Jin Jiang International Hotel Management College (LRJJ), Shanghai, China and The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts (RACA), Amman, Jordan). For more information, please visit Roches is part of Laureate Hospitality Education, a leading hospitality management education group (

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How completing a degree can impact a career

Planning a career, setting career goals, and determining how they can be achieved can take a lot of research. Much of this research will center on the education required by companies to consider a person a qualified candidate for the jobs available in that career.

Career planners have a lot of options to research when it comes to learning about the industry in which they want to work. There are traditional degrees like a Bachelor’s, Master’s and even a PhD. And there are massive open online courses (MOOCs) that often provide background information about a subject area. Before enrolling in an educational program, individuals should consider if a degree is more valuable than a few online courses.

  1. What sells better on a resume? – The job market is full of qualified applicants, and it can be difficult to get a resume to the top of the candidate pile. Having a degree from an accredited university makes it easier for employers to determine a candidate’s qualifications. And because of the high number of applicants, employers with open positions will be looking for people who easily fit into the posted criteria. They might not be willing to take the time to research if an online course here and there is provided by an accredited school and if what was included in the curriculum would meet the needs of the company. Oftentimes, employers list undergraduate or graduate degree requirements that applicants must meet to be considered.
  2. What provides the best overall learning? – Universities and colleges develop their online degree programs to provide students with a well-rounded education, because many times an understanding of the arts is needed to fully grasp the sciences – and vice versa. For example, in the business world, an employer posting a position for an accountant may want candidates to also have the ability to communicate well with fellow employees and clients, both verbally and in writing, as well as have an understanding of social behaviors that could be learned in a social sciences course. Taking a select few online courses in accounting would not provide candidates with this knowledge or skill set, and may have employers looking to hire someone else.
  3. What provides a better understanding of the industry? – According to a New York Times article, the number of students who switch majors during their college career varies from university to university, but some – like Penn State – report up to 80 percent of freshmen are unsure about their major, and half will change their minds. Because Bachelor’s degrees typically take four years to finish, students have the opportunity to explore their interests and better focus their energies on a degree that is a good fit.

Because of this diversity, completing a bachelor’s degree allows them to enter the job market well-informed about what they’ll face in their chosen career. Taking a few online courses might not showcase everything about a specific career, and in the long run could cost more money if additional education is needed for a career change.

Any effort to invest in educating yourself is going to appear positive to potential employers, but in most cases completing an online degree is more advantageous to a career seeker than having taken only a few courses. Serious career planners should include completing a relevant degree in their plan to put themselves in the best possible position when it comes time to send out their resume.

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