Asking (and Answering) the Right Questions: How Doctorates Enhance Thought Leadership

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As a student in CPS’ Doctor of Law and Policy (DLP) program, I’m learning about the ways in which a wide variety of public and related institutions formulate and execute policy. I spent 20 years in the U.S. Navy and have devoted my career to regulatory compliance and risk management for the information technology industry. My classmates come from many ... Read More »

4 Reasons to be Happy about Teaching with no Tenure


One of my dissertation advisors was very concerned when I accepted a full-time faculty appointment as an assistant academic specialist here at the Northeastern College of Professional Studies (CPS). The idea of academic specialists’ non-tenured faculty status can be perplexing and we are not always viewed as equal to tenured/tenure track faculty. My experience at CPS, however, has been that ... Read More »

5 Tips for Grad School Success

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In just under two months, I’ll be receiving a master’s degree in Corporate and Organizational Communication, with a concentration in social media, from the Northeastern University College of Professional Studies (CPS). Based on my experiences and a desire to help others get the most out of their education, I’ve put together these five short tips for how you can get ... Read More »

Bridging the gap: students talk about connecting online learning to real-world workplaces


Last month, Northeastern University College of Professional Studies launched an innovative pilot class called Online Experiential Learning for Working Professionals. The class—a first of its kind—gives working graduate students who are pursuing their degrees online to directly translate what they learn in class to the workplace. How? By giving them the chance to craft and complete a relevant project that ... Read More »

The key to thriving in higher ed today? Flexibility


To look at the data and read stories in the media, post-secondary education is in trouble. According to the Council of Graduate Schools, enrollments dipped at U.S. graduate schools for both the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 academic years (the last two years for which there is data). Business and law degrees—those stalwarts of higher ed—have had decreases in applications in recent ... Read More »

Observations on Online Experiential Learning


The following are excerpts from a paper I’ve been writing with my colleague Anne Hammer at the Northeastern College of Professional Studies (CPS). Experiential education is a holistic philosophy with carefully chosen experiences supported by reflection, critical analysis and syntheses. In more simplistic terms, experiences are structured to require the learner to take initiative, make decisions and be accountable for ... Read More »

You are being watched: Informatics meets homeland security


We are defined digitally by attributes such as our names, addresses, birth dates, genders and telephone numbers. These data points, along with our general interests, which are logged and tracked by browsers and third-party sites every time we use the Internet, are monetizable commodities to businesses and criminals alike. We readily (if passively) offer our valuable personal information to businesses ... Read More »

Self-motivating assignments


This post isn’t about grading, but I have to tell you: Grading is the bane of my existence. There, I’ve said it—publicly—and it feels good. If I could discover how to teach without all the grading, my outlook would skyrocket. One of the biggest reasons I feel this way is because grading 20 versions of the same assignment is, well, ... Read More »

Before the Web: the Dawn of Distance Education

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We tend to think of online education as a modern phenomenon—one that’s directly tied to today’s technology-based world. (And one which offers a range of benefits—some unexpected, as Art LaMan observed here.) But online education is just the latest form of distance education, a phenomenon that actually dates back to long before personal computers and mobile devices became staples of ... Read More »

Experiential learning for online, working professionals: a pilot program


Have you ever thought about what portion of your job you learned “informally” versus “formally”? You’ll probably be impressed (with yourself) when you realize that most of what you learned at your job was self-taught. You might even think, “my employer is lucky I’m so resourceful and smart and can figure out what I am doing on my own. In ... Read More »

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