Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Five Tips for Setting and Keeping your New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Eve is often seen as a time of renewal, reflection, and planning ahead. While most people are excited to come up with new resolutions, according to the American Psychological Association only about 1 in 5 people are actively sticking to their resolutions by March.

Clearly, setting resolutions is easy but sticking with them for 52 weeks is a bit more challenging. Nonetheless, when we look at people who have excelled in a variety of different fields, almost all of them have goals and a system for achieving those goals. Trends show this is the case across the board whether you’re setting an academic, personal, or professional goal.

So if you’re looking to be the best version of yourself in 2015, take a look at the tips below that help with both setting and achieving your resolutions.

Be Specific
People who are specific about their New Year’s resolutions are 10 times more likely to fulfil those resolutions than those who aren’t. So for example, rather than having a resolution to “get a better job,” think in terms of “I’ll get a job in ____ field, in ____ position, and making _____ salary.” Take it a step further by thinking about the logical actions it will take to achieve the goal and write out plan for doing them. By doing this you’re able to focus on the specific things that will take you closer to your goal.

Be Realistic
Thought it’s always best to make resolutions that cause you to stretch, commit, and at times sacrifice, understanding your current priorities and life situation is an important step to fulfilling your resolution. Keep in mind any obstacles that may be standing in your way and how you’ll overcome them. Setting unrealistic goals can cause you to become discouraged before you've even had the
chance to make meaningful progress. “Shoot for the moon and if you miss, you’ll still land in the stars” is a nice maxim, but if you never truly believe you’ll hit your resolution, you’re much less likely to even get started. So consider starting with a smaller goal to build momentum before tackling the larger goals.

Write Your Goal Down
Writing your resolution down should be your first step to achieving it.  This gets it out of your mind and forces you to think through the goal and be clear about what it is you’re trying to achieve. In 1979 Harvard conducted a study that asked students, ““have you set clear, written goals for your future and made plans to accomplish them?” Though many of the students had goals, only 3% had taken the time to write them down. Ten years later when the students were interviewed for a follow-up, the 3% who had written goals were earning, on average, ten times as much as the other 97% of the class combined!

Set Milestones
You’ve heard many times throughout your life “the journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.” While that’s true, taking that first step knowing that you still have 1,000 miles can be pretty daunting. The odds of you completing the thousand-mile journey will be greatly increased if you break the journey down into ten 100 mile journeys and take the time to reflect and reward yourself at each milestone. Organize your resolutions into smaller, more manageable goals that build toward a larger goal. So for example, if your goal is to lose 25 pounds this year, you’re much more likely to succeed if you set a goal to lose 2 pounds per month and reward yourself at the end of each month when you’ve reached that goal.

Keep Track of Your Progress
Keeping a record of the progress you’ve made towards your resolution is one of the best ways to hold yourself accountable while also keeping your resolution top of mind. There are many different web and mobile apps that can help do this, but a notebook journal may work just as well.

By keeping records, you’ll be consistently working on your goals and able to see the progress you’ve made, which is a huge motivator in and of itself. Keeping records of your goals will also give you the opportunity to reassess your goals and allows you to make adjustments for circumstances you may not have thought of when first setting your resolution.

Best of luck on your journey through 2015! May this be your best year ever!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Charitable Donations from the Peirce Community will Benefit Over 250 Philadelphians this Holiday Season

We hope you're enjoying this festive time of year. We want to thank our Peirce family for all you've done to help those in need over the past few weeks. Here's a look at all the ways we've been giving back during our Season of Giving.

Thank you to our Peirce community members who participated in our annual American Red Cross blood drive. One donation can help save the lives of up to three people, according to the American Red Cross, so every donation truly counts!

Peirce College also participated in Preston & Steve’s Camp Out for Hunger canned and dry goods donation drive to support Philabundance. We collected 195.5 pounds of nonperishable food items, which will help many Philadelphians and their families enjoy a hot meal this holiday season.

Preston and Steve Camp Out for Hunger
We also collected toys and books for at-risk children and teens through the Youth Action Toy Drive. These gifts will go primarily to children and teens living in area shelters or transitional and crisis housing in Philadelphia, and hopefully brighten up their holiday seasons.  Additionally, a group of Peirce College faculty, staff, and students also collaborated to make a donation to Angel Tree- Prison Fellowship.
Youth Action Toy Drive

Angel Tree
The Peirce College faculty and staff have collected money the past five holiday seasons to purchase uniforms for elementary students in need at Thomas May Peirce Elementary School. This year we were able to raise money to purchase 187 uniform pieces, including cardigans, shirts, pants, jumpers, socks, and tights. Students who have been identified by the school’s staff will receive some of the pieces, and the rest will be kept in the nurse’s office and issued to students as needed.

Thomas May Peirce Elementary

Thomas May Peirce Elementary
Thank you to everyone who helped make these donations possible! We’re proud that we were able to brighten the holidays for those in our community this season.

Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday!

Monday, December 22, 2014

On Campus or Online: Which Model Works Best for You

Congratulations students on a successful fall! As you begin planning your academic path for 2015, it’s important to keep in mind which types of learning model works best for you when it comes to your schedule, commitments, and attendance. These models include on campus, and online, along with morning, afternoon, and evening classes. As we’ve discussed before, class attendance is perhaps the single most important factor that contributes to academic success.

When determining which method will work best for you, it is important to look at your schedule, taking all factors of life into consideration such as family obligations and work commitments (for example, do you have set hours or do your shifts change on a regular basis?) It’s unfortunate to see students choose on campus but due to childcare, family, work and other issues they end up missing several classes or others who choose online but would have benefitted more from the on-campus interaction. Being realistic about what will work best for you when choosing your classes will pay off as the session, and your academic career, progresses.

Some students strongly prefer online courses and the convenience it allows since at any point throughout the day or night they can log on and do their work or their assignments. Since they’re not committed to a specific time period that they have to be in class, they have that flexibility to do it when it best fits their schedule.

For others, the classroom learning style works best for them. They benefit from the person-to-person interaction with faculty, the visual aspect of the classroom and whiteboard, and having face-to-face conversations with their classmates.

For students who may have scheduling challenges but still prefer the in-class model, courses are offered in the morning, afternoon, and/or evening.

So as you can see, there are many different options for attending class based on your particular
situation. The most important thing to consider is which model will allow you to be the most engaged in each and every course. Keep in mind that 97% of students who attend every class pass their course.

If you have further questions about which model works best with your unique situation, your academic advisor will be happy to work with you to put together a plan that best works for you.  Contact your academic advisor at 215.670.9177 or email advisingcenter@peirce.edu .

Friday, December 19, 2014

Peirce College Holiday Break Reminders

I hope you’re getting ready to enjoy the holiday break with family and friends. As a reminder, the Peirce College campus will be closed from Wednesday, Dec. 24 through Sunday, Jan. 4, reopening on Monday, Jan. 5 with regular hours. However, all scheduled Session 2 Interim online classes will continue while the campus is closed. Please remember to keep up with your studies if you signed up for an online interim course.

There will be members of the College available if you have questions that need to be addressed or wish to register over the break. The Advising Center, Admissions department, and Office of Financial Aid will be available to assist you by phone or in person on Dec. 29th and Dec. 30th, and January 2nd from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Business Office will also be open to assist you during this time via phone. To contact any of these offices, call us at 888.467.3472, followed by:

The Advising Center: ext. 9177
Admissions Department: ext. 9214
Business Office: ext. 9600
Office of Financial Aid: ext. 9370

Students who need technical assistance accessing their online courses between Dec. 24th and Jan. 4th should contact the Peirce Help Desk by emailing HelpDesk@peirceonline.net, calling 877.670.9189, or by using Live Chat through the tech support link on the online course website. Faculty members teaching online courses during this time will be available through their normal means of communication.

If you have an immediate need during a time our offices aren’t open, please call 888.467.3472, ext. 9284, and a team member will be available to help you. 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Program Manager of Criminal Justice Studies, Bob Brzenchek, Recently Appointed to Board of Directors for SERAPH

I’m excited to share the news that I’ve recently been appointed to the Board of Directors for SERAPH. SERAPH is a specialized consulting and training firm that provides legal, liability, and security problem solving for the education, business, legal, law enforcement and government communities.

The firm consists of several high-level professionals from many diverse areas such as education, domestic law enforcement, military and intelligence organizations and has an active seven -person Board of Directors. All executives at the firm have various types of federal security clearances.

From the beginning, I’ve been intrigued by their work and was eager to get involved. With my subject matter expertise in law enforcement, emergency management, intelligence, and education, I felt that a position within SERAPH would allow me to remain viable in the industry and stay on top of the latest trends. 

Peirce College’s Criminal Justice program will continue to be bolstered by SERAPH members’ level of expertise and colleague base. SERAPH members are Peirce Advisory Board members, guest speakers, and act as critical industry sounding boards for the college.  

A particular project that I am excited to collaborate with SERAPH on is their training program entitled “The School Safety Assessment Certification Program” which provides schools with federal level training to assist in securing Special Education. The program trains and certifies school based personnel to audit their safety, emergency management and Special Education systems – known by the U.S. Department of Education as a Climate Assessment. In addition, I’m also looking forward to assessing an upcoming project titled “The 6 Failures – Sandy Hook Lessons Learned.”

To learn more about SERAPH and the work they’re doing, feel free to visit their site.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Three Reasons Why the Demand for Health Technology Professionals is at an All-Time High

By Yeva Madden, Assistant Professor, Health Information Management

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for health information professionals is set to grow by 22% through 2022. The specific field is set to grow “much faster than the average for all occupations” and according to the BLS there could be additional increased demand due to continuing need to organize and manage information in all areas of healthcare.

There are several factors that are contributing to this demand. Some of the primary reasons include:
  • An expected 32 million additional patients in the system because of health care reform
  • The aging U.S. Population - By 2025, the Census Bureau projects a 36 percent growth in the number of Americans over age 65.
  • Population growth – 4 million babies are born in the U.S. each year according to the CDC/National Center for Health Statistics.
  • New regulations that incentivizes healthcare providers to adopt electronic health records as well as new penalties for providers who fail to adopt.
  • Changes to medical coding that will increase the codes professionals use from 17,000 to 140,000, which will decrease existing productivity and require a significant increase in new coders.
  • As all of this information becomes electronic, the demand for privacy and security is of increasing concern.
Healthcare organizations rely on health information professionals to manage the flow of electronic medical information, convert physical charts into electronic medical reports on secure computer databases, and keep patient information secure. They enable health care providers to improve the quality of patient care through the secure use and sharing of health information.

Because of the changes mentioned above, there is a shortage of health information professionals to help healthcare organizations overcome these challenges. To gain a better understanding of the opportunities, let’s take a closer look at three of the forces behind the demand.

Electronic healthcare records
The federal HITECH Act of 2009 made it a critical national goal to improve health care quality, safety, and efficiency through the promotion of health IT. This includes electronic health records and private and secure electronic health information exchange.

When it was enacted, the federal government offered incentives to organizations that took measures to help support the goals. One of the primary goals was converting to electronic health records (EHR). EHR’s are the digitized version of medical paper charts. They allow real-time access and updates so that patient information is available instantly to other providers across multiple healthcare organizations, including labs, pharmacies, and other specialists.

Within the first few years of the HITECH act coming online, it drove an 86% increase in monthly job postings related to “electronic health record” or “clinical informatics.” Over the next few years we’ll continue to see an increased demand as organizations will be penalized for not implementing EHRs beginning in 2015.

 Medical coding changes 
As we discussed in our recent blog post, in October 2015 medical coding standards will undergo a change that increases the number of codes used from 17,000 to over 140,000. This significant addition of new codes will decrease productivity of current medical coders by up to 50%, and create a surge in demand for skilled coders.

Privacy and security demands 
Privacy, security, and confidentiality of personal health information has always been a top priority for health information professionals. With HITECH legislation and medical information technology advancements, patient information is now becoming more distributed than ever throughout various electronic systems. In addition, there has also been recent updates to legislation that requires healthcare organizations to take stronger security measures when dealing with patient information. Because of these factors, there is an increased demand for health information management professionals to help providers ensure their patient medical records remain confidential and secure.

Prepare to Seize the Opportunities
The Peirce Healthcare programs are designed to prepare professionals for a career supporting the delivery of healthcare and management of patient health information – key areas poised for significant growth over the next decade. Whether you’re just starting your higher education, looking to transfer or apply existing college credits, or if you’re currently a professional looking to advance or switch careers, Peirce has a program that can help you meet your goals. Our convenient on campus, online, and hybrid courses gives you the flexibility of attending class when it best suits your schedule.

If you’re ready to get the degree you need for the life you deserve, contact our admissions representatives at 215-670-9214 or email us at info@peirce.edu and find out why today is the day that could change everything!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Welcoming our 2014 Delta Mu Delta Inductees!

We’re extending a warm welcome to the 33 Peirce students who were recently inducted into Peirce’s Kappa Nu chapter of Delta Mu Delta, the International Honor Society in Business Administration. Delta Mu Delta recognizes students who display academic excellence in bachelor’s, master's, and doctorate business administration degree programs at ACBSP-accredited schools, such as Peirce.

Students must be enrolled in either our Business Administration or Accounting bachelor’s degree programs, have already earned 60 college-level credits, and must maintain a GPA of 3.3 or above to be eligible to join. They can take their classes either on campus or online. With our 33 additions, Peirce’s Kappa Nu chapter of Delta Mu Delta boasts 745 members since our chapter was installed.

This year’s induction ceremony took place on Friday, Dec.5 with students attending both online and on campus.   Check out some of the photos we snapped during the on campus ceremony.

Thank you to all of the faculty, staff, inductees and their friends and family who attended the event. 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Peirce Significa Negocio: The Spanish-American Department at Peirce

In its near century and a half of history, Peirce has developed a tradition of looking for ways to expand and offer relevant courses to students who might not otherwise have the opportunity to achieve a quality college education. Already a nationally recognized business school by the turn of the 20th century, Mary B. Peirce was interested in expanding the school’s scope beyond the United States. Peirce administrators traveled to Latin America to meet with educators there to see if there was an opportunity for Peirce to enroll students from Cuba, Nicaragua, and other countries in Central and South America. The end result was the “Spanish American Department” which offered business and other courses taught in Spanish, as well as English language courses. In addition to the coursework, there were several events, activities, and organizations sponsored by the department, including an annual Latin American Ball and the Latin American Club.

Starting a new program of this scope wasn’t simple. Bi-lingual faculty members were hired, additional classroom space was rented, and Spanish language marketing materials were created. Manuel Vera Estanol, an educator from Mexico was hired to run the department. School Director Louis B. Moffett met with existing faculty to introduce the program in 1902, and faculty members were given lessons on Spanish name pronunciations and basic phrases to help the new students feel welcome.

The program lasted over four decades, during which time the Peirce family and other Philadelphians hosted hundreds of students, some of whom took positions in the United States after graduation while others began careers in their home countries.  Based on the success of the program, Mary Peirce was selected to be on the board of governors of the Washington-based Pan-American Association.

A few months ago, we had the privilege of a visit from the grandson of one of the graduates of the department. He told us his grandfather (who emigrated from Cuba in the 1920s) always talked about his time at Peirce fondly, so a visit to Philadelphia had to include visiting his relative’s alma mater.  

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

10 Questions to Ask Yourself when Considering a Career Change

The latest jobs report from November indicates that jobs are now growing quicker than they have since the turn of the century. This growth, combined with the recovery of the recession, is prompting more people than ever to consider transitioning into a new career.

Though it’s not just the economy driving the increase in career transitions. In today’s job market employees are more mobile than ever. Most will change jobs many times during the span and many employees will make 2-3 complete career change before retirement.

Nonetheless, transitioning careers can be intimidating, especially if you’re not prepared. The good news is that there are things you can do to make your transition seamless and significantly increase your chances for success.

So if you’re currently thinking about a career change or think that a possible career change could be on the horizon for 2015, start by asking yourself these questions. Taking the time to think through the answers will help you lay a strong foundation for your career transition:
  1. My current career is ________________________. Based on the skills I’ve gained through experience and new skills I’m willing to learn, how easy or difficult would it be to make a transition to a career in _______?
  2. Is the industry I’m considering experiencing growth?
  3. What aspects of my background are the most helpful in making the transition to a new career field? Which would be the biggest obstacles?
  4. What degrees or certificates are needed to obtain a position in my new career?
  5. The things I like the best about my current career are: _____________________. Will I find some of those same things in my new career? What about the things I dislike?
  6. How will this career align with my overall professional goals?
  7. What sacrifices and commitments might I have to make to switch into this new career field?
  8. Are their networking events or informational interviews I could attend to learn more about the field and expectations?
  9. What are the industry's biggest challenge now and in the future? How can I best position myself to help an employer overcome those challenges?
  10. What type of training or education do I need to be successful in this career?
In addition to the questions above, ask yourself how your upcoming career switch will align with your personal goals. Would a position in the new career challenge you, give you meaning, purpose, and personal satisfaction?

If you’re considering a career change and would like to speak to someone about how to make the change a reality, contact the Career Development Services at cds@peirce.edu , or call 215.670.9202 to make an appointment.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Leveraging the Holiday Party as a Professional Networking Event

It’s that time of year again where you’re likely to get invited to a variety of holiday parties. Some of these parties may be through your employer while others may be non-employer related, yet still be in a professional setting. Even at parties with family and friends, there is still often opportunities to build your professional network.

With that said, we thought it may be helpful to revisit some of our tips we published last year about how to leverage these holiday parties for professional networking.

Here’s a recap:

Identify who you want to speak with. If you’re attending a larger holiday party, it can be the only time you get to speak with certain individuals in attendance. Research who you want to speak with in advance that aligns with your interests.

Take advantage of the opportunity. A holiday party is also a great time to network with the president or executive team of your employer, college, or industry group. When approaching high-ranking officials it’s critical to remain professional, despite the fact that you’re at a party.

Start the conversation now and follow up later. The holiday party is usually a time for professionals to enjoy time off from work with friends or family, so they might not want to discuss business. Remember, this is the beginning of a conversation and it doesn’t have to take place only at the party -- you don’t want to go into full-on business meeting mode over eggnog and fruit cake.

Always act appropriately. It might be a party, but there’s no reason to go over the top when attending a holiday event. First impressions are lasting impressions, so avoid consuming too much alcohol and ask your date to do the same.

Good luck on your networking at this year’s holiday parties. It’s a great opportunity to set the tone for 2015!

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