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.  

Monday, January 4, 2016

Peirce College Names its NEW Innovative Class Delivery Format—Introducing Peirce Fit

For 150 years, Peirce College has been serving working adult learners, and we’re constantly assessing how we can evolve to meet your needs. One of the biggest challenges that we hear from our students is how difficult it is to fit going back to school into their already busy lives. Most of our students are juggling work, family, and other responsibilities, and adding one more commitment to their to-do list can be overwhelming.

Over the past nine months, Peirce has been piloting an innovative, flexible course delivery format. If you’re currently a student here at Peirce, you may have already taken a course in this format or heard about it from a friend. And if you have, you know that it allows you to control on a week-to-week basis if you would like to 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! 

Peirce College is one of the first institutions in the country to fully embrace this kind of flexibility, so we thought the new course delivery format needed a unique Peirce name. We chose Peirce Fit because these courses were specifically designed to help our working adult students fit earning their degree into an already busy life.

Peirce Fit is already offered across four degree programs, including Health Information Technology, Health Information Administration, Healthcare Administration, and our Master’s of Science in Organizational Leadership & Management. By fall 2016, Peirce Fit classes will be available across Peirce College’s entire curriculum.

We’ve gotten great feedback from students who have taken Peirce Fit courses that this flexibility removes many of the barriers they face going back to school. Once Peirce Fit is implemented across all programs, you won’t ever have to worry about missing class due to the unexpected. Instead, you can stay late at work to help your boss finish the big project, or attend an important parent/teacher conference, and complete the coursework online. Or, if you usually take online classes, Peirce Fit allows you the option of an on campus experience if you want to meet your classmates or ask a professor for help in person. Regardless of the mix of delivery options you choose as you complete your course, you’ll enjoy Peirce College’s student-centered faculty approach.  

If Peirce Fit sounds like the right fit for your learning and lifestyle, contact your Academic Advisor today at advisingcenter@peirce.edu or by calling 215.670.9177 to learn more about what Peirce Fit courses are available in your program and how to register.