Wednesday, January 27, 2010

How to get up to $10,000 from SIFE to pay for your Peirce education in Business Administration

If you're a Peirce Business student, we have a great opportunity to apply for scholarships from SIFE USA (Students In Free Enterprise). SIFE is an international non-profit organization. It works with leaders in business and higher education to mobilize students to make a difference in their communities, while developing the skills to become socially responsible business leaders.

SIFE has 11 scholarships available to recognize the outstanding contributions and leadership skills of SIFE students. To apply, you first have to register to become a SIFE member. You will get a SIFE user name and password that you'll use to access the online scholarship applications.

I encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity. The deadline is Feb. 1 at 6 p.m. EST. If you need help writing an essay, the Business faculty is here to help you.

Each scholarship has its own set of qualifications and application process. All the details are below. If you have any questions, please contact me at 215-670-9157 or MGould@Peirce.edu, or Brittany Dennis from SIFE at 800-235-9585 or BDennis@SIFE.org.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Tech alert: How to prevent Operation Aurora attack

This morning I sent an e-mail to Peirce College faculty about the recent exploits in Internet Explorer. This is a very important security issue, and I want to share the information with you here.

You might have heard about the recent cyber attacks on Google in China. During Google's course of investigation, it discovered at least 20 other large companies from a wide range of businesses -- including the Internet, finance, technology, media and chemical sectors -- have been similarly targeted. As a result, Google is withdrawing from China.

Further research by McAfee and Symantec have identified the cause as a vulnerability in Internet Explorer. The attack has been named "Operation Aurora."

It has been classified as a Zero Hour, or Zero Day Attack. This is a computer threat that tries to exploit software that are unknown to others, undisclosed to the software vendor, or for which no security fix is available.

The reason why I am informing you of this news is that it is directly related to using Internet Explorer. Versions 6, 7, and 8 have the exploit. You might be using IE as your browser right now.

Peirce is using highly sophisticated tools to monitor outgoing and incoming traffic as it relates to this global attack. I would like to offer you the following steps to mitigate this risk in your own home.
1. Ensure your virus protection is up to date, and set to auto update. While there is no known fix at this point, you should be able to get it on the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team Web site when it's available.

2. Make sure Windows is also up to date.

3. Consider using Firefox as your Web browser. This is more secure than Internet Explorer, as it is not tied into Windows.
We'll keep you posted as updates develop. Stay safe!

Monday, January 25, 2010

How we make Peirce a better place for working adults: Inside our strategic planning process

Part of the lifecycle of any proactive and progressive organization is the process of strategic planning. Nonprofits, corporations, schools, and government organizations all have formal and informal methods of examining past performance, evaluating their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (via a traditional SWOT analysis), deciding on the best strategy going forward, and implementing changes that will help ensure the long-term sustainability of the organization.

Peirce College is no exception. Since July 9, 2009, the college has been engaged in its own strategic planning process. We have provided periodic updates on the Peirce Web site, and as we approach the completion of our second planning phase, I'd like to share some insight into the process itself.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Inside Higher Ed goes inside Peirce's wireless computer initiative

What if you could walk into your college's library and borrow an ultra-mobile wireless computer? You could get your work done, and save it to the college's server. You no longer have to worry about your hard drive crashing. Best of all, you don't have to pay for it. It's just like borrowing a book from the library.

Thanks to a project our IT department is championing, we're making it a reality at Peirce College. Word of the project reached the editors at Inside Higher Ed, who were working on a story about the laptopless student. I was honored to be asked to take some questions from the reporter. Take a minute and read the article to see what we discussed.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Military service members wait for tuition resources from Post-9/11 GI Bill

Back in November, I discussed a variety of essential tuition resources for military service members, including a video about the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Post-9/11 GI Bill. It's very important to me, and the rest of the team here at Peirce College, that our service members have all the resources at their fingertips, and support they deserve, when it comes to continuing education. That's why I wanted to share the following.

A recent article, written by Kimberly Hefling of the Associated Press, talks about vets who went to school last semester under the GI Bill and are still waiting for payments from the VA.

The article does a great job of outlining some of the obstacles that service members are facing when it comes to receiving the payments promised under the GI Bill, as well as the problems that are causing the delay in processing on the VA's end.

There are obviously plenty of challenges involved that are making the timely processing and distribution of payments difficult. And while I'm sure the VA is doing everything it can to get payments on track -- they've clearly made progress on what is certainly a daunting task -- this is not acceptable support for the men and women of our armed forces.

While certain elements are out of our control as educators, there are things we can do to make sure our service members can return to class. For this reason, it is of vital importance for colleges and universities to step up to the plate and do their part.

Peirce will work directly with students facing GI Bill issues so they do not suffer unnecessary hardship. If you are a service member facing financial uncertainty when it comes to continuing your education, please don't hesitate to come to Peirce directly for help! We have many resources to help military service members and their families tackle the financial challenges of continuing education, and we are here to assist in any way we can.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Peirce giving: winter coat and toy drives a success!

I'd like to take a moment to thank everyone who contributed to this year's winter coat and toy drives held at Peirce College.


Your generosity allowed us to donate 64 new, or gently used, coats to the Philadelphia Cares winter coat drive.

In its first year, our toy drive brought in 51 new, unwrapped toys! The toys were picked up on Dec. 17, and distributed to local community centers on Dec. 17 and 18 by the Youth Action Team. For the first year, we thought this got off to a pretty solid start. We're excited to try it again next year!

It's your generosity that makes it possible for Peirce to support the Philadelphia community the way we do. Thank you for your participation!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Providing money for continuing education though the Peirce College Scholarship Competition

As Lisa Gargiulo touched on in her latest post, money is a major concern for most people who are considering continuing their education. In fact, in today's economy I think it's safe to say it's a major concern for everyone.

It's always difficult to hear stories of people who chose not to continue their education because of financial troubles. So we were excited to announce the fall 2009 winners of the Peirce College Scholarship Competition back in December. As promised, I wanted to follow up with some details about the scholarship program. It's our hope that the money Peirce provides our scholarship winners has a direct and immediate impact on their financial situation.

Our students get an amazing opportunity to win up to $40,000 over the course of four years in scholarship money. Yes, $40,000! Twice a year, this scholarship competition helps new applicants or current students with fewer than nine Peirce College credits earn a bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Information Technology, or Paralegal Studies. Here is why we do it: