Showing posts with label In the news. Show all posts
Showing posts with label In the news. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Catching up on Peirce College news

It’s been a busy few months for us at the College. We’ve shared exciting announcements, new partnerships, and advice for students and job seekers with members of Philadelphia and national media. We’re also sharing them with you if you missed them.

Year Up aids young adults with skills, experience. Reporter Wilford Shamlin of The Philadelphia Tribune covered our partnership with Year Up that provides urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. He also featured two standout students in the program, Jeshaiah Nixon and Oshitay Isley, who have found their academic footing and are flourishing while in the program.

Philadelphia Business Journal’s People on the Move. The Philadelphia Business Journal included two new additions to our Board of Trustees, Tom Karinshak and Linnette W. Black, in its People on the Move section. Tom, Senior Vice President of Customer Experience for Comcast, brings business and customer service insight from one of Philadelphia’s largest employers to our Board. Linette, the former President/CEO of HealthRight, Inc., brings extensive healthcare knowledge and experience at a critical time in Philadelphia, as the industry continues to grow.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Peirce College news for students, faculty, and educators

Members of the media have been tapping Peirce’s experts lately for insight on different topics, including educational guidance and career advice. We’re recapping some of these headlines today in case you missed them.

Taking a gap year: What students should consider. Deciding to take a year off between high school and college requires careful consideration. That’s why FOXBusiness reporter Emily Driscoll tapped Rita Toliver-Roberts, Vice President, Academic Advancement, for her advice on whether students should take a gap year. Rita advised that taking a gap year for the right reasons, such as “feeling under prepared for the academic rigors of college, needing more time to find the right-fit school, or wanting to seek out experiential opportunities and work/career experience” is OK. However, she cautioned against taking a gap year just for a break, as “in our competitive society, taking a break for the sake of simply ‘resting’ should not be an option.”

Monday, July 1, 2013

The latest news out of Peirce College

If your life has been anything like ours, the past few weeks have been a whirlwind! Between Commencement, summer vacations, and end-of-the-school-year activities, you might have missed some of the latest news coming out of the College. Here are a few news stories that Peirce faculty members and students were featured in during May and June.

Prestigious 17 are the head of the class. Metro reporter Julia West profiled Jennifer Boone and Carla Bell, two members of our Parent University graduating class. They spoke on how Parent University has changed their lives, and what's next for them after earning their college degrees. We did a full profile on Jennifer and Carla as they were preparing for Commencement, so be sure to read our post for even more details about these outstanding students.

5 tips to help you cope when you have two part-time jobs. Uva Coles, Vice President, Student Services, spoke with reporter Kathryn Tuggle from about how to find balance if you’re working two different jobs during the summer months. Uva’s most important tip is to prioritize your time, and dedicate yourself to the tasks that are most important to you and your family.

How college grads can improve money management skills. Developing money management skills is an essential part of your career after you’ve earned your college degree. Chanel Greene, Manager of Financial Aid, provided reporter Emily Driscoll from FOX Business tips on how to get a handle on your finances. One piece of Chanel’s advice is to keep a financial journal to establish what kind of habits you have already started and help to head off bad ones early on. Be sure to read the article for the rest of her advice.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

In case you missed it: Peirce College in the news in February

We’re wrapping up some of our best press coverage in February in case you missed it. Our thought leaders have been out and about, speaking with members of the media on topics that range from financial considerations when choosing a college, to how to return to school as an adult learner. We wanted to round up some of those spotlights for a look at how Peirce College is catching the media's attention:

Five Tips for Winning College Scholarship Money. More than $3 billion in private scholarships are awarded to college students each year, according to higher education database BrainTrack. FOXBusiness reporter Emily Driscoll tapped Chanel Greene, the Manager of the Office of Financial Aid at Peirce College, for tips on how students can earn scholarships to ease their college costs. Chanel offered up great advice, including encouraging students to get creative when filling out scholarship forms, as well as warning against becoming overzealous with the competition.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Philadelphia Business Journal names Peirce College a top 25 college in Philadelphia

We're regular readers of the Philadelphia Business Journal, a major publication here in Philadelphia, and one of the features we look forward to most is its annual ranking of the top 25 colleges and universities in the Philadelphia region. The Philadelphia Business Journal creates its list based on total student enrollment for the academic year.

The editors recently released their 2012 list, and when we opened the paper to see who was on it, we were excited to spot Peirce College! This is the second year the Philadelphia Business Journal has included us in its ranking.

Being a part of the list is evidence of students' continued interest in our programs. This achievement wouldn't be possible without our faculty and staff, who help ensure our programs are high-quality, career-oriented, and academically rigorous. So a big thank you is due to our faculty and staff for their continued service to the College, and to our students, for choosing us as a partner in their education.

Friday, September 28, 2012

The Philadelphia Business Journal has exciting news to share – Peirce College will soon offer master’s degrees!

Many of our undergraduate students and alumni have told us about the success they've achieved by pursuing higher education at Peirce. We've featured a few of their stories on the blog before. Many of them have also told us how important lifelong learning and career advancement is to them.

Many students have also asked us what other options are available to help further their education and career. We recognized an ideal way to meet this need and are now proud to announce the launch of graduate level education at Peirce College! The new master's degree program focuses on helping students sharpen their leadership abilities, while providing a means for lifelong learning.

We provided the details of our jump into graduate education to Philadelphia Business Journal reporter Peter Key, who reported on our new program today. Check out the story for more details about the program, including how it can help your career and how you can get involved. Simply click on the link, then scroll over to page 4 for the full article.

We'll be posting more details about the program on the blog on Monday and in the coming weeks and months, so keep an eye out here for all the latest news.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Is a traditional or functional resume better for adult learners?

If you're sitting down to craft or revise your resume, you're probably following the traditional resume format. This format consists of listing your work experience chronologically, starting with your most recent position, and defining your duties, skills, and accomplishments in each role.

RESUME TIPS: Reasons why you’d benefit 
from a functional resume format
But many adult learners don't realize there's another accepted and effective way to structure their resume. It's called the functional resume format, and it's broken down by skill set rather than work history. For example, a major subhead could be "Team Leader," under which you list your experience at various organizations. Another could be "Project Manager," where you list your accomplishments throughout your career in this role.

A functional resume can be better for adult learners who are transitioning into a new career field or jumping into the workforce after an absence because it highlights how your skills can be applied across sectors, rather than limiting your skill set to one industry or position.

I spoke about functional and traditional resumes on the blog before, and when Ritika Trikha of U.S. News & World Report approached me to expand on the pros of a functional resume, I was happy to oblige. She shared three reasons why you might want to use a functional resume format as opposed to a traditional one, and I gave my advice throughout. Hop over to read the article in full.

Thanks for sharing my advice, Ritika!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Philadelphia Business Journal once again names Peirce College the seventh-largest business school in the region

Today is a great day at Peirce because, once again, Philadelphia Business Journal has ranked Peirce College as the seventh-largest business school in the Philadelphia region! We’re proud that our career-focused business degree programs are recognized as one of the most popular and successful in the Delaware Valley. We’re even prouder because this is the second year in a row that Peirce’s business school has earned this distinction.

There’s good reason why our business degree programs are so successful. We take pride in making sure our programs are up-to-date with the most current information and resources to help our students get the experience they need to secure jobs after they graduate or advance in their current career path. And Peirce College is one of just 32 colleges and universities worldwide with a business program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) at both the associate and baccalaureate levels -- we’re also one of just seven Accounting programs accredited by the ACBSP.

Students studying Business Administration at the College have a variety of concentrations to choose from, ensuring they meet the requirements of employers in today’s job market. They include Business Law, Entrepreneurship/Small Business, Management, Marketing, and Professional Studies. We’ve also created separate Accounting and Human Resource Management bachelor’s degree programs under the business umbrella to further meet those needs.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

College degrees that will get you a job

Steven Greenhouse wrote an article for The New York Times earlier this year about how colleges have been rethinking their continuing education programs to help the many Americans unemployed as a result of the recession. One way they're tackling this is by tailoring degrees to match job opportunities.

It makes sense to us, because this is something Peirce College has been doing for a long time. In fact, Peirce was established on the foundation of offering a new kind of practical business education in the post-Civil War years, and we continue to add pertinent, career-related degrees to this day. Healthcare Administration, Health Information Administration, Human Resource Management, and Accounting are among our most recent degree additions.

Colleges and universities of all shapes and sizes play an important role in producing graduates that possess the skills employers really need. Unfortunately there seems to be a disconnect between the two. Greenhouse reports:

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Health Programs Faculty Chair Stephanie Donovan talks outsourcing with Becker’s ASC Review

For those of you studying in one of our healthcare degree programs (or if you simply find the subject matter interesting!), we wanted to share two recent articles that feature Stephanie Donovan, one of our Assistant Professors of Health Information Management who is now the Faculty Chair of Health Programs at Peirce.

Stephanie weighs in on a trend that is very important to the healthcare industry -- outsourcing. She offers Becker’s ASC Review reporter Laura Miller her insight on qualities to look for when outsourcing billing and collections, as well as how to determine if outsourcing or in-house billing is the right approach for ambulatory surgery centers.

Check out Laura’s articles to read about these decisions facing many healthcare administrators. If this subject matter is of interest to you, consider a degree in health information management -- this area of focus offers great opportunities to work in the non-patient-care side of the healthcare field, a rapidly expanding part of the industry.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

How to get a job from an internship: Avoid these common internship mistakes

INTERNSHIP BLUNDERS: Avoid these mistakes to
increase your chances for getting the full-time job
The fact is, internships can be a crucial part of every job seeker’s resume. Not only can full-time jobs be hard to come by in this economy, but an increasing number of companies are offering internships as a way to see if an applicant will be a good full-time fit down the road. If you are able to snag a coveted internship, make sure you’re putting your best foot forward and avoiding some of the most common pitfalls interns can fall into.

Ritika Trikha, of U.S. News & World Report, asked for my perspective for her article about the biggest mistakes interns can make. She shared eight common blunders every intern should avoid if they want to make a positive impression.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Advice for transferring your skills to make a career change

Changing careers is one of the biggest reasons adult learners go back to school. But there are more factors that come into play for setting yourself up on a successful new professional path. I talked about a couple of them with Metro reporter Julia West. She shared some of them in her article on tips for making a mid-life career change.

Whether you have a long-held dream or are just starting to explore the options out there for you, it’s important to think carefully about all of the risks and rewards so you make the right choice. Consider some of the fastest-growing industries with the most job opportunities in the coming years, as well as how your current skills will transfer.

And remember to use your support system as you explore new career paths -- friends, family, professors, mentors, the Career Development Services team -- we’re all here to help whether you need professional advice, emotional support, or help best-positioning your experience on your resume and cover letter to translate to your new field.

Monday, April 30, 2012

The cost of not going to college

What is the value of college, really? For many adult learners, earning a degree is not without sacrifice – the cost, the time investment, the challenge of balancing school with family. But the real question is, can you afford not to go?

I recently commented on an article that senior editor Derek Thompson wrote for The Atlantic about how the only thing more expensive than college is not going to college. The benefits of education are indisputable -- job opportunities and increased income to name just a few. But that doesn’t mean the cost isn’t a challenge for many students.

The article lays out some interesting facts and figures about how the cost of education compares to alternatives, such as not going to college or investing your money elsewhere. It also highlights some studies that support the argument that college is indeed worth the investment. This is all important to consider.  However, Derek made one particular point that really resonated with me.

“Does a four-year university make sense for every student? Probably not. Is the modern on-site college education necessarily the ideal means to deliver training after high school? Maybe not. Vocational training and community colleges deserve a place in this discussion. And we happen to be living through a quiet revolution in higher education.”

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

How to create a career-ready workforce

MAKE YOUR FORTUNE: By impressing employers
Fortune contributor Anne Fisher recently reported on a study that found recent grads aren’t quite ready for the working world. In her article, she talks about the disconnect between what employers want and what recently graduated applicants are offering. This is an important issue to address, but I think the study and the article are missing crucial pieces of the puzzle, some of which I left in a comment on the article.

What it ultimately comes down to is the need for a stronger connection between employers, students, and educators in order to align the skills of graduating students with what employers require in a job candidate.

Educators are the bridge between students and employers. The gap between what one needs and the other offers can be narrowed when both groups make efforts, in concert, to work together. This is why it is crucial that employers communicate these employability issues candidly and consistently. And it is equally important that educators are receptive to the feedback and use the information to adjust academic programming.

But this is just the beginning! Here are a few resources that employers and educators can leverage (and that students should take advantage of) to close the gap:
  1. Employer surveys. Employers should consistently provide feedback. This is a great way to inform educators about any instructional gaps or needs that should be addressed in the classroom or within career services programming.
  2. Experiential opportunities. Employers and educators must work together to develop internships and co-ops that enable students with an opportunity to truly experience the workplace. This is where students can sharpen their critical thinking skills, practice teamwork and collaboration, and enhance their written communication skills.
  3. Advisory boards. Both employers and educators must boost their use of advisory boards. Educators should use them as an opportunity to better understand employer needs and employers should use them as a way to have their voice heard and to better educate (no pun intended) those responsible for shaping the academic experience.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Earning a bachelor’s degree as an adult sets the stage for a healthier midlife

The benefits of earning a bachelor’s degree are numerous. For example, degree-holders report higher earnings, more job opportunities, and better quality of life. Today, adult learners can add another benefit to this list: Earning a bachelor’s degree as an adult can help you have a happier and healthier midlife.

According to a new study by researchers at the University of South Carolina at Columbia, adults who earn a bachelor’s degree after age 25 reported fewer depressive symptoms and enjoyed better overall health than adults who did not obtain a college degree by midlife. The Chronicle of Higher Education highlights the study’s findings that adults who earn a college degree are healthier in midlife. Jump over to the article for more.

Many of our students have shared stories that support the findings of this study when we’ve interviewed them for the blog. The average age of our students is 35, so they fit right into this demographic. Here are some excerpts from their experiences:

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

6 skills for succeeding in your job in 2012

Competition is always fierce for great jobs and promotions, and even more so in the face of high unemployment rates and a difficult economic environment. But your skills will always be your most important currency when it comes to demonstrating your value to employers.

Rob Sabo from tapped me for my thoughts on the top skills employees need for career success in 2012. We had a great conversation about skills that will help you get hired or land that promotion, and how to stand out from the crowd.

Read Rob’s article to see what I had to say about technical literacy, communication skills, social media, diversity, and work ethic. He reports on a lot of great advice about the skills you need to get promoted, or hired, in the year to come. Thanks Rob, for the opportunity to contribute to the story, it was a pleasure!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

A higher standard for higher education

Harvard researchers recently conducted a study comparing student graduation rates, federal loan repayment rates, and student success in securing jobs between nonprofit and for-profit institutions.

Chris Kirkham reported on this study in The Huffington Post, highlighting a lot of important points from the data. While studies like this are important, what we really need to be focusing on is not the type of institution, but whether that institution provides the best value for students’ investment.

Regardless of whether the institution is for-profit or nonprofit, the most important factor to consider when evaluating the institutions within our education system is whether they provide a high quality educational experience.

I touched on this in a comment I left for Chris on his article, and I wanted to expand on those thoughts here. It’s our responsibility as educators to ensure that we deliver value to our students, and there are many ways we can do so:

Monday, January 9, 2012

30 things to know about making a living as a health information technology professional

The average salary of a healthcare information technology professional stands at $114,176. What’s more, workers have experienced an average salary increase of roughly 4.68 percent across all types of organizations between 2009 and when the data was collected in 2010. In his Jan. 5 article about the booming field of health information technology for Becker’s Hospital Review, Bob Herman reports these stats and more from the latest HIMSS Compensation Survey.

In his article, “30 Statistics on Health IT Compensation for Hospitals,” Herman takes an in-depth look at compensation in the field of health IT. He also tapped me for my perspective on what I’ve been seeing on this front and included some of my thoughts in his article.

If you’re considering this career path, click over to the article for more of Herman’s extensive reporting about the job opportunities, skills in high demand, average salary expectations, and factors that impact compensation in the health IT industry.

Friday, January 6, 2012

How IT professionals can stay relevant in 2012

There are varying views on whether the traditional role of an IT professional will be relevant in 2012 or not. The one thing most everyone can agree on is that it is a fast-changing field!

ITTechNewsDaily contributor Kim Ann Zimmermann recently took a look at this topic in her article, “Is IT Becoming Obsolete?” (which also appears here on She asked me about the changes to the field and whether I think all of the latest advances in technology and IT infrastructure are reducing the need for traditional IT workers.

Jump over to ITTechNewsDaily to read some of my thoughts that Kim included in her article.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Thinking about a legal career? Prepare with paralegal studies

While theory is important to education, it can’t stand alone. A degree is not going to help you succeed in your chosen career if you don’t also learn the practical skills needed to be a real contributor.

Case in point is the legal field. In fact, I recently came across a great article by The New York Times reporter David Segal that talked about just this.

In his article, “What They Don’t Teach Law Students: Lawyering,” Segal talks about how a law school education often fails to provide the practical training needed to truly succeed in the legal field.

To me, this article hits on the very core of the vision, mission, and goals of our undergraduate Paralegal Studies program. Bottom line, our goal is to generate strong legal minds, as well as skill-set ready practitioners. It is that emphasis on practical skills that prepare our students for the real world that makes all the difference.

To best prepare our students for a career in their field, we work intently to structure a rigorous academic program steeped in a wide breadth of General Education and Legal Studies courses -- honing critical thinking, analysis, writing, communication, and legal specialty skills. We also integrate practical application focus into each legal specialty course. This serves to truly demystify the legal process and build competence and confidence in working with, and in, the legal system.