Friday, February 12, 2016

Peirce Fit Success Story: A Faculty Perspective

For Peirce faculty, evolving to meet the needs of our students is nothing new; it’s in our DNA.  For over 150 years, Peirce College has been focused on working adult learners.  We offered evening classes at the turn of the 20th century (a surprising idea for the time!) so that working students could attend, and we were a national leader in online education, rolling out full online degree programs in 2000. 

At Peirce, we’re lucky to have faculty who are experts in providing dynamic instruction to working adult learners.  We know that the landscape in higher education is changing, and we’re committed to learning from our students, getting feedback, responding to it and embracing change. 
That’s why we’ve radically expanded our student centered- approach to education once again, with Peirce Fit™.  Peirce Fit allows you to control on a week-to-week basis whether you attend class on campus or complete the work online—and when life is unexpected, it allows you to choose what you need at a moment’s notice.   

Working with Peirce students every day, I see the significant demands on their time, and how balancing it all while earning their degree can be challenging.  Many of my students work one or more jobs, have families, and are active in their community.  While they are committed to earning their degree, these barriers to attending class are very real. 

Peirce Fit removes these barriers, and offers students the flexibility they need to stay on track to complete their degree.  It empowers them to take ownership of their own learning; each week, they can choose which option (online or on campus) is the best fit for their life.   

Some of my students prefer to come to class on campus, but will take advantage of the online option during a week where they are preparing for a big presentation at work.  Other students attend most of their classes online, but will choose to come to campus one week if they want to meet with me in person, or interact with their classmates face to face.   

Each week, I’m thoughtful of both groups of learners—on campus and online—and I’m customizing my approach to the subject matter based on the students’ choices.  Whether I’m teaching two students on campus and the other eight online, or five on campus students and five online students, my instruction is tailored to fit the classroom dynamics, and their needs, each week.

Regardless of the mix of delivery options they choose as they complete their course, students are receiving high quality, personalized instruction; that’s our calling card at Peirce.  Our flexibility allows students to worry less about trying to fit it all in, and focus more on earning the degree they need, to get the career they deserve.  

You can fit learning into your life.  We can help you.  To learn more, click here.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Peirce College Career Development Services and Black History Month Committee to Host a Panel Discussion: Your Hair, Your Image, and Your Career Climb

In honor of Black History Month, Peirce invites you to join us for a conversation examining the intersection of authenticity, cultural identity, and workplace image expectations and career. On Thursday, February 11th from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in rooms 51 &52 in College Hall, Peirce’s Career Development Services and Black History Month Committee will host a discussion that features a panel of black leaders, moderated by Sharmain Matlock-Turner, Peirce College trustee and CEO, Urban Affairs Coalition.

Our panelists are men and women with diverse backgrounds in business, academia, and community. They are:
  • Jameel Rush, Director Organizational Development, Day & Zimmermann
  • Thelma Lawson Haylock, Director of Business Services, Pfizer
  • Bruce F. Burton, Owner and President, The Original Pretty Boyz Barber Shop
  • Lori L. Tharps, Author (featured in Essence magazine) & Assistant Professor, Temple University
  • Markita Morris-Louis, SVP Community Affairs and General Counsel, Clarifi
Audience members will have the opportunity to ask their questions directly to the panelists. This event will also feature surprise giveaways, and light refreshments will be served.  We hope you’ll join us for this important discussion!

This is an open event, so please feel free to bring a guest! To register, click here

For more information on Career Development Services at Peirce College, click here.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

U.S. News & World Report Identifies 15 Secrets to Getting Good Grades in College

Sometimes the best advice is tried and true. The U.S. News & World Report recently republished fifteen secrets to getting good grades in college. From choosing the right classes to attending the classes you pick, you may have heard these tips before, and they might seem self-explanatory. However, they might mean the difference between putting your education on hold or persisting through to graduation. 

While all of these points are relevant, below are the five tips we think are most important.
  1. Attend class: We’ve talked before on the blog about how important it is to attend class. 97% of students who attend every class pass their course, whereas students who miss 3 or more classes have a 75% chance of failing their course.  And because of Peirce’s accelerated courses, missing one class means you miss 12.5% of the information for the whole course. Showing up is important.  
  2. Work with your advisor to choose the classes that are the best fit for you:  Your advisor can help you build a course schedule that accomplishes your academic goals, puts you on the right path to earn your degree efficiently, and actually works with your schedule instead of burning you out.  
  3. Study, study, study: It’s important to form good study habits, so you’re retaining the information as the professor is covering it in class.  If you need help, contact the Walker Center for a one-on-one tutoring session, or attend a workshop. 
  4. Build a support network, and take advantage of it:  Think of your professors, classmates, advisor, and financial aid specialist as your very own support team!  They’re all rooting for your success, and on deck to help you achieve your goals.  If you need some extra encouragement from someone who’s been in your shoes before, you can also connect with an alumni mentor through the Peirce Student Mentoring program.  
  5. Believe in yourself: You decided to enroll in college because you wanted to earn the degree you need to advance your career.  Keep your eye on the prize and have confidence in yourself.  You can do this.  Peirce is here to help. 
If you need some help getting ready for Session 4, attend our “Fall in Love with Spring Classes” pop-up registration fair, February 8th-11th from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in College Hall Lobby. Advisors, enrollment representatives, financial aid specialists, and student support services will all be on hand to help you get ready to start classes in March.  New students are welcome! 

For more information on support services at Peirce, click here. 

Tell us what you do to get good grades in a comment below.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Peirce Fit Success Story: Alyssa Dorney

For adults that are interested in going back to school to earn their master’s degree, flexibility is everything.  When Alyssa Dorney was looking to continue her education, she debated the pros and cons of pursuing her master’s degree while working a full-time job.

“After earning my bachelor’s degree, I had immediately started my career in finance. I kept asking myself - do I really want to go back and sit in a classroom all day, or do I want to give myself a break to focus on my career?” reflects Alyssa.

After some research, Alyssa decided to pursue a Master’s of Science in Organizational Leadership & Management at Peirce College.  “I liked the idea that I was investing in a degree that could be applied to many different areas of business. It would allow me to grow, even above and beyond my field of expertise.”

Alyssa enrolled in classes, knowing she would have to work hard to balance everything in her life. Finding the balance proved a little less challenging though when she learned that Peirce College was introducing Peirce Fit, a new class format that promised to give students a more flexible way to learn.

A New Way to Learn
Peirce Fit allows students to control on a week- to- week basis if they would like to attend class on campus, or complete the work online—and it allows students to change their mind at a moment’s notice.  Alyssa saw this as ideal for adult students, but she wasn’t surprised that this flexibility was being offered: “Peirce’s primary focus is on adult learners.  Peirce gives adult students opportunities.”

Best of Both Worlds
Alyssa planned on taking most of her classes on campus, but as she pursued her degree, she found herself taking advantage of the online option of Peirce Fit, especially over the summer and during the holiday season.

“It took a lot of the burden off of going to school. In a traditional course, I would have to plan my schedule out in advance for the eight weeks that I was committed to that class. It doesn’t really allow for any flexibility or spontaneity in making plans with friends or family, and I know there are moments I would have missed. With Peirce Fit, I didn’t have to miss anything. Even though I like to attend class on campus, I completed the work online when I needed.”

Being able to pick and choose what days she could go on campus or attend classes remotely kept Alyssa on track to finish her master’s degree on time.  She graduated in December 2015, and she’s already seeing the benefits.

“I was recently promoted at work. It’s so rewarding to see all of my hard work in going back for my master’s degree pay off!”

Alyssa did it. You can too. For more information on how you can make learning fit your life, click here.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Finances Matter: Practical Financial Tips for Adult Learners

Building Good Credit: Do’s and Don’ts

When helping adult learners return to school, one of the biggest concerns our financial aid specialists hear is worry over how the cost of education will impact students’ overall finances.  Unlike traditional students, adult learners are often financing their own education, and in addition to planning for themselves, may also be financially planning for funding their children’s college education, taking care of an elderly parent, or starting to think about saving for retirement.
One way adult students can take some of the financial anxiety out of going back to school is to practice good financial habits across the board.  Over the next few months, we’ll be sharing practical tips that adult learners can apply to their finances in order to be financially healthy and minimize their anxiety.
First up, let’s take the mystique out of how to build good credit:

  • Start slowly.  When starting to build good credit, it’s important to start out slow, and to not apply for too many credit cards at once.  Each time you apply for a credit card, the credit card company places an inquiry on your credit report.  While one or two inquiries won’t impact your credit score, many inquires (especially over a short period) will bring down your credit score by several points.
  • Use only the credit that you can afford to pay back. If you won’t be able to pay back a purchase, don’t make it. Spending money you don’t have is a bad habit to get into, and will have a negative impact on your credit score.
  • If a balance is carried, keep it small. You should always pay your balances in full and on time.  However, if you must carry a balance, lenders look at the percentage of credit balances against the credit limits allowed. The higher the percentage the greater the risk.  To avoid a poor credit score, keep any balances that you do carry as small as possible.
  • Use credit.  Credit cards that are opened and go unused stagnant negatively over time.  Make sure to use the credit cards you have, but remember to always pay the balance in full and on time.
  • Don’t close accounts that carry a balance. If you consistently can’t afford to pay your balances on time, you will incur a higher balance that you must pay.  Don’t close the account, instead take action and contact the credit card company for a payment plan.

For our entire Finances Matter: Practical Financial Tips for Adult Learners presentation, click here

To learn more about how you can finance your education, and get the career you deserve, click here.

Monday, January 11, 2016

It's a New Day in Higher Education-- Help Us Spread the Word about Peirce Fit!

Last week, we announced the newest innovation from Peirce College – Peirce Fit™!  

Peirce Fit is completely unique to Peirce College, and we’re excited to tell the world that it’s a new day in higher education; with the flexibility offered by Peirce Fit, adult learners can fit going back to school into their busy lives.

To really get the word out, we need the help of our Peirce Family!  Please consider sharing your experience with Peirce College with friends, family members, employees, or co-workers who need to earn their degree and would benefit from the flexibility Peirce Fit offers.  There are a few ways you can get the conversation started and help us spread the word:

·         View our new Peirce Fit commercial and then share it with your friends, family or coworkers
·         Like or share our stories about Erika ‘11 and Alyssa ‘16 on your social media accounts
·         You’re more powerful than you think.  Talk to your friends, family members, co-workers or employees about your own Peirce story--hearing your experience could be the nudge they need to start making their own dream a reality.  
·         Tell everyone you know!

Whether you’re a current student, a Peirce alum, an employee, professor, board member, or just a friend of Peirce, thank you for your support and helping us tell the world about this revolutionary approach to education! To learn more about Peirce Fit, click here.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Peirce Fit Success Story: Erika Barreto

When Erika Barreto ‘11 was making the decision to go back to school there was only one thing that really scared her; not being able to finish what she started.  

“I didn’t know if I could handle fitting one more thing into my schedule,” she says.  

But when she made the decision to return to Peirce for her master’s degree in Organizational Leadership & Management, she knew that Peirce would be there to support her. Finding the balance became easier when the College introduced Peirce Fit—a flexibility delivery model that gives students the ability to choose if they want to complete their classwork on campus or online, and the flexibility to change their mind from week -to -week.  

Erika was thrilled.  “Any kind of class format I’ve heard of, the school dictates if you attend class on campus or online.  This lets students choose.  It allows them to be in control of their education.”

Finding the Best Fit
For Erika, Peirce Fit provides a solution for working adult students.

The freedom to choose when and how she completed her classwork allowed her to spend more time with her family, and took some of the pressure off of balancing school and work.  Although she usually enjoys on campus classes, Erika found herself taking frequent advantage of the online option. “I didn’t have to alter my schedule at my job or my time with my family to fit around school.  Instead, I was making school fit with my life and career.”

Erika still came to some of her classes on campus, when her schedule allowed.  “It was nice to get to know my classmates face -to -face.  It really was the best of both worlds.”

Eliminating Barriers    
Erika recommends Peirce Fit for anyone who’s struggling to fit going back to school into their life.  “It eliminates excuses.  If you think you don’t have the time to earn your degree,” she says, “then Peirce Fit is the option for you.”

With Peirce Fit, Erika doesn’t have to worry about not finishing what she started.  In fact, in June 2016, she’ll be walking across the stage at graduation for the second time in five years!

Erika did it. You can too. For more information on how you can make learning fit your life, click here.