National vs. Regional Accreditation: Why Does it Matter?


Decisions, decisions, decisions. For most people, selecting a college or university is not an easy task. Small or large? Public or private? Traditional classroom or online?

Not all questions about college selection may jump out at you right away. Perhaps the choice between a regionally accredited or a nationally accredited school didn’t come to mind, but it may be one of the most important questions to consider.

Topics: Going Back to College

Getting Started With Online Learning: 8 Things New Students Should Do After Time Off


We’ve all been a beginner at some point in our lives. Even if you’ve been married for 20 years, saw your kids off to college and prepared for retirement, you were once a newlywed, new parent or new employee navigating unfamiliar waters.

So when it comes to starting your college career, with technologies you never used and information you don’t remember, it’s understandable that you may feel hesitant and unsure of yourself. But now, this lifestyle change is completely different.

Because, unlike being a new parent, becoming a successful adult learner does come with a guide. There is a place to begin. And it’s right here.

Topics: Going Back to College, Motivation

How to Transfer From Community College to a University in 7 Easy Steps


Transferring from a two-year to a four-year college can feel like a big leap. Like most students, you may have some hesitations and questions.

What needs to be done?

How can I make the transfer process as smooth as possible?

What can I do to make sure I’m on the right track to earn a bachelor’s degree?

These questions are not uncommon.

As a graduate with an associate degree from a New Jersey community college, the Comprehensive Statewide Transfer Agreement guarantees your degree will be fully transferable as the first two years of a baccalaureate degree program at any New Jersey public four-year institution. While this agreement can take some of the guesswork out of transferring to Thomas Edison State University, you still want to ensure you’re making the right decisions for you.

Topics: Transferring College Credit, Applying

The Anatomy of a Course Exam: How a Test Becomes a Test


If it hasn’t happened already, then at some point it will: you’ll come face-to-face with a midterm or final exam.

Hopefully, you worked hard to prepare, learning the material inside and out, up and down. Then, once you take the test, you most likely breathe a sigh of relief and move on.

Exams are a fundamental part of college in general. But the University’s process for developing exams is probably different from what you experienced in other college courses. When all is said and done, exam development is not a simple process. Each day, you can find a team of people hard at work behind the scenes, dedicated to ensuring that every exam is fair and carefully developed.

Here’s what goes into the course exam you just took.

Topics: Taking Courses, Credit by Exam

The One Question To Ask Yourself If You Don't Know Which Undergraduate Degree To Earn


For some students, choosing a degree program is not always a cut-and-dry decision. With 40-plus undergraduate programs, and more than 100 areas of study, there are many options to pursue, and even more paths to take.

So how are you supposed to pick the one degree that’s best for you?

Everyday, I talk to people who are in your shoes. People who want a degree, but just don’t know what to study. And I get it. That’s why I always ask this one question that helps these now students breathe a sigh of relief and leave knowing they chose the degree that fits them.

With a little support and guidance, I promise, you can, too.

Topics: Areas of Study and Degree Programs, Applying

5 Critical Skills Every Leader in Public Service Should Have


Leading is challenging in any environment. Leading in the public sector can be even more so. And when a public service leader holds multiple roles, that environment can become increasingly complicated.

The work of a public servant is never done. But it does need to be done well.

Great work and great leadership often go hand-in-hand. So when it comes to success, good leaders tend to share these five key qualities across the board that make them both competent managers and effective public servants. Which begs the question, do you demonstrate any of these qualities in your everyday work?

Topics: Career

DNP vs. DNS vs. PhD: What's the Difference in Nursing Doctorates?


Two roads diverge in a forest. Many people are encouraged to take the one less traveled. Doctoral applicants, not so much.

For those interested in a nursing doctorate, the answer depends on what nursing path you want to take. Are you more interested in advanced practice or scientific investigation?

Doctoral programs in nursing fall into two categories: practice- and research-based. The practice-focused track grants the Doctor of Nursing Practice, while the research-focused program offers the Doctor of Philosophy Degree (PhD) or the Doctor of Nursing Science degree (DNS, DSN or DNSc).

One is not better than the other. Both are terminal degrees that assume complementary approaches to the highest level of nursing education. Both are demanding and rigorous. However, understanding key differences between the goals and competencies of each program will guide you along the nursing career path meant for you.

Topics: Career, Nursing

5 Growing Homeland Security Careers for 2016 and Beyond


Protecting the security and safety of our country has become more challenging than ever. With an increase in global terrorism to the growing unpredictability of large-scale climate events, it’s no wonder that the demand for homeland security professionals has become one of the fastest-growing professions worldwide.

While most positions tend to be with local, state and federal agencies, many opportunities exist in private industry and the nonprofit sector. 

Topics: Career, Areas of Study and Degree Programs

5 Fundamental Rules for Transferring College Credit


Transferring credits not only means a shorter time to degree completion, but also less strain on your wallet. But figuring out on your own which credits are transferrable is not always possible. Meanwhile, requesting transcripts from any colleges and universities you previously attended can seem time consuming. At times, it’s hard to keep track of it all. So how can you make the transfer process as simple as possible?

To help guide you, here are my five fundamental rules for a smooth transfer credit process so you can get started earning the credits you need to finish your degree.

Topics: Transferring College Credit, Going Back to College

4 In-Demand Careers for DNP-Prepared Nurses

dnp nurse at work

Nursing is changing. 

Today’s nurse leaders are needed to make decisions and identify problems yet to emerge. They are called upon to lead healthcare organizations. And they must demonstrate enhanced knowledge in advanced nursing practice, organizational leadership, economics and finance, healthcare policy and technology. 

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) was specifically designed to prepare nurses to meet these changing demands and improve patient outcomes. But the degree can also offer higher earning potential, career security and more advancement opportunities within nursing. In fact, employers have quickly recognized the unique contributions these expert nurses are making in the clinical and organizational level, and the demand for DNP-prepared nurses continues to grow.

Topics: Career, Nursing