The Online First Year Experience Movement: Driving a National Conversation

Posted on June 6, 2019 by
Jamie Holcomb and Dr. Jasmeial “Jazz” Jackson

Originally published in the 2017-2018 Beyond The Ivory Tower. Reinvention is becoming the norm in a volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) world where traditional frameworks must evolve to facilitate change. Higher education is no exception, and the old admission model requiring students to “fit” the institution has been upended by modern, consumer fueled expectations. […]

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Celebrating Nurses Week: A quick look at the recent changes in the profession

Posted on May 3, 2019 by
Dr. Debra M. G. Murray

Introduction National Nurses Week 2019 begins on National Nurses Day, May 6, and ends on May 12, which is Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Nursing remains one of the hottest professions, largely due to a combination of the aging Baby Boomer population and changes from the recent Affordable Care Act (ACA) healthcare reform. Today’s professional nurse is […]

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From New Hampshire to Nairobi: How SNHU is Scaling Breakthrough Learning for All Students

Posted on April 5, 2019 by
Paul LeBlanc

Originally published on Higher Learning Advocates: Insights & Outlooks. Insights & Outlooks: Tell us about your own journey to getting involved in education professionally and becoming president of SNHU. What experiences inspire and motivate you to do this work? Paul LeBlanc, SNHU: My own story is that of an immigrant family and first-generation college student. […]

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The Persistent Learner: Information Competencies that Matter after Graduation

Posted on March 15, 2019 by
Brian Ryckman and Trisha Prevett

Student loan debt has become a common topic for news outlets, higher education publications, dinner table conversations, and almost everywhere you go!  Earning a college degree was once synonymous with a higher paying job and a path to a better future but, with rising tuition costs, students are more heavily weighing the value of a […]

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Understanding Students with Eating Disorders

Posted on February 22, 2019 by
Rebecca Encao

Rebecca Encao is a team lead and adjunct faculty member teaching psychology and social science courses at Southern New Hampshire University. Chances are, if you haven’t already, you will encounter a student with an eating disorder.  By understanding more about eating disorders, we can better understand our students and be able to provide student-centered support.  […]

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Shining the Limelight on Soft Skills: The Importance of Adopting Common Assessment Frameworks

Posted on February 15, 2019 by
Dr. Gregory Fowler, Anthony Siciliano and Jaymes Walker-Myers

The following Q&A was originally published in The EvoLLLution. As employers continue to find ways to leverage automations and technological advancements to lower costs and improve productivity, the importance of soft skills has never been more important to success in the labor market—and its role as a differentiator for job-seekers will only continue to grow. Accordingly, […]

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Annual Publication – Beyond the Ivory Tower

Posted on February 5, 2019 by
Dr. Gregory Fowler

Welcome! Please enjoy our information-packed publication. Click here for PDF. One of the movies I often reference is The Karate Kid. The 1984 classic doesn’t discuss education in a formal sense, but it is anchored in key learning concepts. The teenager, Daniel LaRusso, is a perfect example of a learner benefiting from competency-based education. The […]

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Beyond Course Specific Content Knowledge: Transferable Skills in Screenwriting

Posted on February 1, 2019 by
Dr. Evan L. Kropp

I’ve been interested in television and film writing for as long as I can remember. As a child, I spent countless hours watching TV (don’t judge, I did go on to earn my PhD in television studies) captivated by the characters, events, settings, and mysteriously fascinating worlds where it seemed almost any problem could be […]

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Honoring Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Posted on January 22, 2019 by
Amelia Manning

In a few weeks, the Southern New Hampshire University board and its leadership will be heading to Montgomery, Alabama for our February board meeting. Each year, we make one of our board meetings more educational and exploratory of key strategic themes and/or external forces to which we should be attending. This year, as we seek […]

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Building Next Generation Online Orientation: Personalized and Accessible

Posted on January 18, 2019 by
Tess Diver and Mikhaila Schaefer

Originally published on The evoLLLution. So often, orientation is a one-size-fits-all firehose of information that may or may not be meaningful to students. When we think about the student experience, particularly for online learners, institutions should consider the expectations that students bring into the environment. Today, empowered consumers expect a personalized online experience that enables […]

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