Thursday, July 14, 2011

Telling the Peirce story and the power to transform lives

The big thing that differentiates Peirce from other schools is our passion and our people – the students, alumni, faculty, and staff truly make Peirce a unique place to earn a bachelor’s degree. Most of our students are working adults (average age is 35) who are already juggling a job and maybe supporting a family. At Peirce we understand the challenges adult learners face and we work hard to provide a supportive environment that meets the unique needs of non-traditional students.

Peirce has changed a lot during the 146 years we’ve provided higher education to Philadelphians, but one thing that hasn’t changed is our commitment and passion to help non-traditional students transform their lives by providing a supportive environment as they obtain career-related degrees.

While Peirce has grown and expanded its degree offerings, many people still perceive the College as it was many years ago. It’s therefore important to tell the complete Peirce story. We want to make sure everyone in the region understands who we are, what we do, how we do it, and why Peirce has the power to transform lives.

The result? A video that tells the Peirce story, straight from the mouths and minds of our students, alumni, faculty, and staff. These are the very people who make this such a special place to learn and grow, so who better to tell our story.

Please take a moment to watch and learn how Peirce puts students on the path to degree completion, a more satisfying career, and a brighter future.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Learning to lead: Today's Peirce student leaders, tomorrow's executives?

Leadership training is a key ingredient of higher education. While earning a degree can help you get the job you want, it's difficult to move up the ladder if you lack the skills and qualities that all great leaders possess. The ability to lead can make you stand out from coworkers as a new hire, and make you a more well-rounded employee.

That's why Peirce faculty member Milika Singleton created the Peirce Student Leadership Development program. An advisory committee selected 17 Peirce students to embark on a six-month pilot program that would develop their leadership skills through conferences, seminars, expert- and student-run workshops, and training sessions. The students learned how to manage group dynamics, when to lead and when to step back, how to motivate others to be leaders, and much more.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Video Highlights from 2011 Commencement

At this year’s commencement ceremony, our roving camera crew caught many exciting moments as the class of 2011 and their loved ones celebrated. Please view the highlight reel to witness their jubilation and share in the moment when these individuals fulfilled their dreams.

Congratulations, once again, to the most recent class of Peirce College graduates.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

How colleges get accredited, and why it’s important to your career

When pursuing a degree, students are expected to get good grades and meet specific criteria before they can graduate. So shouldn’t the school they’re attending have to pass some tests too?

When an institution for higher education passes a major exam, it’s called accreditation: official recognition that the school meets the standards set by professional and educational associations.

Such standards include student learning outcome assessments that prepare students for the workplace. Some employers will not hire graduates of non-accredited institutions, so accreditation is not only important to your education, but to your future career path as well.

Peirce College recently completed its 10-year re-accreditation self study and site visit with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), the U.S. Department of Education regional accrediting body for our institution. We are proud to share that our accreditation has been reaffirmed. It speaks loudly to the caliber and hard work of the Peirce community.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Making college more affordable with a donation from W.W. Smith Charitable Trust

Financial aid plays an invaluable role in making higher education accessible to students who might not be in the financial position to pay for college. At Peirce, we are always looking for ways to make earning a degree affordable for our students, and scholarships are an important component of financial support.

Peirce College is proud to give more Philadelphia residents the opportunity to earn a degree with a generous donation from the W.W. Smith Charitable Trust as part of the Trust’s Scholars Program. The Trust has made funds available for student financial aid since its inception and has supported Peirce College for a number of years.

These scholarships help to open doors for Peirce students who may be faced with financial restraints upon enrollment, allowing them to focus on their studies, rather than on financial concerns.

A full news release detailing the donation is included below. It was also distributed on BusinessWire.