Professional Development

  • StraighterLine Gives Back

    StraighterLine Gives Back
    Jaclyn Nicholas

    At StraighterLine, our mission is to help students reach their educational goals by providing an affordable and convenient way to earn online college credit. We're also committed to improving lives in our community here in Baltimore. ...

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  • The Holidays, Clarity, and How To Prioritize Family and School

    The Holidays, Clarity, and How To Prioritize Family and School
    Anissa Sorokin

    I realized something this morning: it’s been exactly one year to the day since I was pacing around a hospital waiting room, biting my nails and wondering if my husband’s heart valve replacement surgery had been successful. All I wanted for Christmas last year was for him to be okay. In a season when I usually felt overwhelmed with shoulds—I should have been buying presents and sending holiday cards, I should have been decorating, I should have been volunteering, I should have been baking—I felt strangely free. For once, I knew exactly what was important, and it wasn’t deciding which cookies to bake for Santa. While I wouldn’t wish the kind of stress that afforded me that clarity on anyone, I’m grateful to have learned some ...

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  • Competency-Based Education Enters the Job Market

    Competency-Based Education Enters the Job Market
    Beth Dumbauld

    By Marty Chester, M.S.Ed., Student Services Manager, College of Professional Studies at Lipscomb University Imagine being able to show potential employers that you have the marketable skills they desire most. Now imagine your transcript will display this in a tech-savvy, visual way. Buckle up because that’s where higher education is headed. Competency-Based Education (CBE) is relatively new on the higher education scene. The idea behind such programs is that students receive credit for being “competent.” This is determined in a variety of ways, depending upon which CBE program a student chooses. For example, if a student selects Lipscomb University’s Organizational Leadership degree, they choose to be behaviorally assessed. T ...

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  • How Do You Decide Which Business Career is Right for You?

    How Do You Decide Which Business Career is Right for You?
    Beth Dumbauld

    Whether you start your business career with an associate or a bachelor's degree, or are ready take it to the next level with a master’s, your business options are many – and your job outlook is excellent. Because a career in business covers such a broad range of roles in an organization, it’s a good idea to explore which qualities and skills are needed across the majority of business functions. It’s also important to determine what level of education is required for the business specialty that interests you most. To do so, you’ll first need to explore the most common career paths you can take in business, such as: Accounting Human Resources Sales Other business specialties include: finance, marketing, statistics, ...

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  • Creating a Plan for Personal and Professional Development

    Creating a Plan for Personal and Professional Development
    Beth Dumbauld

    By Dr. William Overton Faculty Director, School of Arts and Humanities at American Public University This article was previously run on Online Learning Tips. Graduating with a degree is a major goal for many, but the reality is that a degree is just a starting point for advancement in a career and in life. A degree is just one step of a personal and professional development program that involves lifelong learning. Your development can begin with an examination of life goals, but it should involve contingency planning as well as pursuit of those determined goals. It is a common observation that far too many middle-class families are simply living from paycheck to paycheck and job loss can be a prelude to financial disaster. Mainta ...

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