Adult and Graduate Education at Roberts Wesleyan College

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Joel Hoomans, Strategic Leadership

Posted by Michael Blankenship on Sep 16, 2014 12:13:00 PM

Innovator in Leadership and Development of People

During his 10 years in Human Resources for Wegmans Food Markets, Joel Hoomans became the company’s first Manager of Leadership Development. His success came from approaching the company’s employees as renewable assets to be invested in and treated with respect, rather than thought of as expendable resources. Yet, in his role as hiring manager, he quickly noticed than many of the top-tier MBA graduates he interviewed did not possess critical customer service and leadership abilities. These highly skilled candidates lacked the dedication to the growth and development of people that were fundamental to the success of the organization. This motivated Joel to enter higher education on a mission to create the next generation business degree focused on developing emerging leaders and enhancing the abilities of established leaders.

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Topics: Next Generation Business Degree, Strategic Leadership, Graduate Business, time-shortened education, Servant Leader

Should you go back to college?

Posted by Michael Blankenship on Sep 9, 2014 11:49:46 AM

There's something standing between you and your goal. Maybe it's sufficient work experience, or perhaps your employer believes you lack sufficient training.

Why pursue a bachelor’s degree?

Choosing to go back to college is a big decision. To succeed, you need to find your motivation to earn your bachelor's degree. Are you looking to increase your earning potential (also known as "make more money")? Do you want to achieve a leadership role?

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Topics: Degrees for Adults, adult education, time-shortened education, back to college, degree completion, adult degrees

Finish your bachelor's degree with degree-completion

Posted by Michael Blankenship on Aug 27, 2014 8:50:00 AM

Earn your bachelor’s degree in as few as 15 months with degree-completion

Degree-completion: You may not have heard of it before, but if you’re thinking about going back to college to finish your bachelor’s degree, you’ll want to read on.

Degree-completion is an accelerated and innovative approach to earning a bachelor’s degree that allows adult learners to apply most past college credits and experiences toward a degree.

The fact is, you can earn your degree in as few as 15-21 months through one of these innovative bachelor’s degree programs at Roberts Wesleyan College. It works by allowing adult learners like you to leverage past college credits and earn college credit for what you already know. Plus, your professional and life experiences may also qualify for college credit.

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Topics: Degrees for Adults, adult education, time-shortened education, back to college, degree completion, adult degrees

Faculty Spotlight: Mark Concordia, Criminal Justice Administration

Posted by Michael Blankenship on Aug 20, 2014 2:57:00 PM

Law Enforcement and Training Professional of 22 Years

As a law enforcement professional, Mark Concordia knows what it takes to get the job done. He's worked in every area of law enforcement, including corrections, homicide investigations and counter terrorism. Prepared with 22 years of experience in these areas, Mark now leads the Criminal Justice Administration Program at Roberts Wesleyan College.

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Topics: Degrees for Veterans, learning as an adult, back to college, degree completion, criminal justice, private security, law enforcement, criminal justice degree, mark concordia

Competent Leadership: A Spiritual Perspective by Dr. Laura Falco

Posted by Michael Blankenship on Jul 14, 2014 8:41:00 AM

Introduction

Can strong leaders be trained and developed over time or must a person be born with inherent leadership traits in order to truly be a “successful” or “effective” leader?  Most leaders could probably make a case for both sides of this age old debate, but the purpose of this article is to focus in on the trainable aspects of leadership; competencies that can be improved over time.  It is generally accepted that all human beings consist of several different elements including our physical body (measured by behavior), our mind (measured by intelligent thoughts or beliefs), and our soul (measured by emotions, will, and desires).  As seen in the following literature review, each of these components has been positively linked to leadership outcomes.  A more controversial component, however, and one that is just now coming to the surface in leadership research, is that of the human spirit.  Are all humans spiritual beings?  Should spirituality play a role in the workplace?  Is spiritual competency more important than other human abilities as they relate to leadership effectiveness?  Can higher levels of spiritual competency be developed through training and application?  These are a few of the questions explored in this article.

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Topics: Roberts Wesleyan College, Leading Edge Journal, Next Generation Business Degree, Strategic Leadership, Lesson in Leadership, Graduate Business, leadership

The High Cost of Low Morale by Nicole Fink

Posted by Michael Blankenship on Jul 3, 2014 1:37:00 PM

How to Address Low Morale in the Workplace through Servant Leadership

Today more than ever, the healthcare sector faces growing pressures that will further tax its capabilities and inhibit its ability to meet growing consumer demands.  Significant challenges of healthcare organizations include: financial pressures, increasing competition, staffing shortages, employee and patient safety concerns, and a significant increase in the consumption of healthcare related services (Kovner & Neuhauser, 2004).  Overcoming these challenges will require that leaders of healthcare organizations seek creative strategies to improve and maintain high performance of employees.  With that being said, it becomes obvious that improving and maintaining high employee morale is a key factor to consider in the pursuit of organizational success.

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Topics: Roberts Wesleyan College, Leading Edge Journal, Next Generation Business Degree, Strategic Leadership, Lesson in Leadership, business, morale

Lessons in Leadership: Rest or Fail by Dr. Joel Hoomans

Posted by Michael Blankenship on Jun 23, 2014 4:08:00 PM

Turn your midlife crisis to your own advantage by making it a time for renewal of your body and mind, rather than stand by helplessly and watch them decline.   Jane E. Brody

An Opening Analogy

Several years ago I recall hearing a manager tell an emotional employee to leave her “personal problems at home” – as if she could actually divorce the trauma of her personal experience from her work persona. I recall thinking how insensitive and ridiculous that request was. Of course it is impossible to segregate our emotions, conscience, thoughts, etc., simply by the locale of our physical being. These things stay with us no matter where we go. As human beings, we are a complex composite of physical capacities, perspectives, interests, talents, experiences, wounds, weaknesses, willfulness, values, and ethics which accompany us across our destinations and shape the way we act and interact.

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Topics: Roberts Wesleyan College, Leading Edge Journal, Next Generation Business Degree, Strategic Leadership, Lesson in Leadership, business, Master's degree, Graduate Business, leadership

The Impact of a Master's degree in Health Administration

Posted by Jason Hammel on May 10, 2012 4:53:00 PM


Pictured on the right: Master's in Health Administration (Cohort 11 - Graduates of May 2012)

It is often said that the only constant in the world is change. Whether this idea applies to every scenario and environment can be debated; however, one area in which the idea is undeniably true is the health care industry in the United States. Various forces, such as the our aging population, technological advances, health care reform efforts, and increasing patient expectations are driving change at an accelerating rate. These socioeconomic and political forces are pressuring health care organizations to improve  quality of care, provide care to more people, and cut costs. Essentially, health care must learn to do more with less, and to do it better than ever before.

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Topics: Roberts Wesleyan College, Adult Professional Studies Blog Articles, Health Administration, Master's degree, health care degrees, health care changes, health care in the United States

College after Combat - What Veterans Need to Know About College

Posted by Jason Hammel on Dec 15, 2011 2:34:00 PM


Combat veterans have a difficult transition to make from serving their country in active war zones, to assimilating back into civilian life. This process can often feel isolating and troublesome – veterans may find that the skill set that served them well on the battle field may not be as helpful in day-to-day civilian life.  Not to mention, unemployment rates in the U.S. are higher than ever, which can cause a combat veteran’s job search to become incredibly frustrating.  However, using this transition time to attend college after combat may be the best way to assimilate back into civilian life, while gaining the education and tools necessary to become more marketable in a competitive economy. 

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Topics: Military Friendly College, Degrees for Veterans, Military Education Benefits, Degrees for Adults, College after combat

How to Make Full-time College Fit Into a Full-time Schedule

Posted by Jason Hammel on Nov 9, 2011 9:57:00 AM

DC_Family_2In today’s society, it can seem almost impossible for a person with adult responsibilities to return to school full-time. That person may struggle with the question of how to make full-time college fit into a full-time schedule. Whether it be preparing dinner for your children after they return home from school or meeting deadlines on the job, these, among others, are valid concerns for anyone pondering the notion of returning to school. However, attending college full-time is achievable with proper planning and preparation.

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Topics: adult education, time-shortened education, online education, learning as an adult, military education

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