Nurturing the Entrepreneurial Spirit

Nurturing the Entrepreneurial Spirit

By Joe Rice, Director, Eastern Panhandle Technology Innovation Center

The spirit of entrepreneurship doesn’t go away after you launch your company. In fact, many entrepreneurs consider themselves “serial entrepreneurs” as they seek the thrill and excitement of starting a new company. These serial entrepreneurs gather much more satisfaction in starting companies than they do in running them.

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Leading the Way: Capitalizing on Disruption to Improve Online Education

By Patricia J. Campbell, Ph.D., Assistant Provost, Vice President at American Public University System

Renowned higher education expert Clayton Christensen has suggested that competency-based education (CBE) is one of today’s major disruptive innovations. Higher education needs to adapt in order to meet the increasingly challenging environment in which the Academy is situated (Weise and Christensen, 2014).

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AMU-Hosted Summit Draws International Leaders in Fight against Human Trafficking

By Jeffrey Kuhn, Associate Vice-President, Public Safety and National Security Sectors, American Military University

On November 17-20, American Military University (AMU) hosted Together Let’s Stop Traffick, an international summit aimed at promoting collaboration in the ongoing global fight to end human trafficking. Human trafficking is modern-day slavery and has been referred to as the “human rights issue of our era.” Traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to control a person for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex or providing labor services against his or her will.

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The Nearly Free University and the Emerging Economy: The Revolution in Higher Education by Charles Hugh Smith

My three greatest interests in higher education are (in order): affordability, student persistence, and technology-enabled education. Given the size of the sector, researchers or authors usually write about one of those topics in a focused or nuanced paper/book. Having read a reference to the above book that appeared to focus on affordability and technology-enabled education, I ordered a copy.

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The Midterm Elections

Based on historical trends, last week’s midterm election results should not have been a surprise to anyone. The party of the incumbent president has lost an average of 30 seats in the House and four in the Senate over the past 21 elections with only two elections where the president’s party has gained seats in both houses.

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Veterans Day

Veterans Day 2014

On Veterans Day, we celebrate and honor all who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces for their valor, patriotism and sacrifices. Like Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, it’s a holiday we share with other nations and I believe we should honor and respect Veterans Day in the same way.

While Veterans Day is celebrated only once a year, the pride and gratefulness we feel for all those who have served should remain foremost in our consciousness.

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Online Library

Moving from Idea to Innovation: Live Librarian Instruction in a First-Year Online Course

By: Dr. Angela M. Gibson, Professor, School of Arts and Humanities, American Public University System
Priscilla Coulter, Senior Online Librarian, American Public University System
Susan Sartory, Senior Online Librarian, American Public University System

At the recent 2014 Online Learning Consortium International Conference in Orlando, we had the honor of presenting,Bringing the Library to Life: Live Librarian Instruction in a First-Year Online Course.” The primary goals of our collaborative research were to increase student connection to the APUS Online Library, to enhance academic research skills, and foster student success in a first-year online course.

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Exploring Institution-to-Institution Student Swirling Patterns

On October 30, my colleagues Dr. Phil Ice, vice president of research and development, Dr. Melissa Layne, director of research methodology, and I presented a research paper at the Online Learning Consortium (formerly Sloan Consortium) annual conference in Orlando, FL. The research was conducted utilizing data submitted to the National Student Clearinghouse as well as the outcomes and analysis of the Clearinghouse data as compared to our data.

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The Adaptive Paradigm: To Adapt, or not to Adapt?

Dr. Phil Ice, VP of Research and Development at American Public University System

Adaptive learning is a current hot-button topic permeating higher education. In their quest to improve learning outcomes while increasing scalability, countless institutional administrators, program directors, and faculty are trying to determine which of the vast array of adaptive learning offerings may be the online learning equivalent of the Holy Grail.

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Liberal Arts

Defending the Liberal Arts

At a recent conference entitled “What is Liberal Education For?,” scholars gathered at St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of its Santa Fe campus as well as to continue the debate about the merits of a wide, knowledge-encompassing degree versus something more practical and focused.

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