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2018, July Newsletter


Adrienne Way, President and CEO, Edcor
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Studies Show Link Between Exercise and Academic Success

The summer sun and bright colors are a perfect invitation for you to spend time outdoors – to jog, walk, bike or swim. Or, if workout routines, machines and trainers are more inviting for you, schedule some time at your favorite gym. Time spent in physical activity is time well invested in your success as a higher education student. While it might seems like you have too much to do with work, family and school responsibilities to manage, exercise could be the key to handling all these responsibilities successfully.

Many studies have shown that there is a positive link between exercise and academic success. In fact, a study at North Carolina State University, led by Dr. Heather Sanderson, could help you draw the conclusion that exercise may be a good bet for helping you improve your GPA and reach your end goal. The study which looked at academic performance and physical activity of 21,000 undergrad students showed that one extra hour per week of physical exercise produced a 0.06 GPA improvement. It seems like a small improvement, but one hour is a small investment. “If a student who does not work out and then adds three hours per week, you are now looking at a 0.18 increase in GPA, which is a major impact,” said Sanderson. The study also showed that odds of graduation increased by 49 percent.

A lot of studies that look at benefits of exercise involve walking, says Dr. Scott McGinnis, a Harvard Medical School instructor and Brigham and Women’s Hospital neurologist. But if you don’t want to walk, do something else. “It’s likely that other forms of aerobic exercise that get your heart pumping might yield similar benefits,” says Dr. McGinnis.

So, what are these benefits and what is the link between exercise and academic success? Exercise has the ability to reduce insulin resistance, and reduce inflammation. It also stimulates the release of chemicals that affect brain cell health, the growth of new blood vessels in the brain and the survival of new brain cells. A study by University of British Columbia researchers also shows that exercise contributes to brain health . Exericse that raises your heart rate and makes you sweat increases the size of the hippo campus, the area of the brain that is involved in memory and learning. In addition to improving cognitive and memory functions, exercise also improves the students’ abilty to focus for longer time periods, says Jared T. Meacham of the University of New Orleans. The ability to learn and remember and focus for longer periods of time are invaluable for students. Time spent in classes and studying becomes more productive and yields better results.

The link between exercise and academic success is the result of behavior changes in individuals along with physical changes, says Dr. Niket Sonpal, assistant professor at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine. One change in behavior involves time management. Every student knows that handling work, family and classes at the same time requires time management. “Scheduling personal workout time forces college students to also schedule study time and this teaches them the importance of block timing, and prioritization of their studies,” says Dr. Sonpol.

Finding time for exercise on a regular schedule requires students to establish priorities and evaluate time use.
Modifying behavior to include exercise can lead to two important physical changes that demonstrate a positive link between exercise and academic success. Exercise has a positive effect on stress management and sleep quality, both of which impact student academic performance. Relieving stress is important for the brain’s memory functions. “Stress hormones inhibit memory production and your ability to sleep: two key things needed to score high on exams,” says Dr. Sonpol. “Better sleep means moving your studies from short term to long term memory during REM,” says Sonpol. “That way, on test day you remember that teeny tiny fact that gets you the scores you need.”

Exercise may seem like something you don’t have time to do when you are a student juggling many responsibilities, but time spent on exercise can make time spent all activities be more productive.

Adrienne Way, President & CEO



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Posted on July 16th, 2018 by Kathleen Eischeid

Adelphi University, located in Garden City, NY, offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree as well as certificate programs online, empowering working professionals to enhance their careers.

All programs are designed to bring the liveliness, personalized attention and academic excellence of classroom learning online. The online courses are taught by credentialed, expert practitioners and researchers who are trained in state-of-the-art online learning technology and techniques.

Adelphi is consistently named one of the best colleges in U.S. News & World Report’s national rankings. Its online programs cover a range of disciplines, including art education, autism spectrum disorders, educational technology, emergency services, English to Spanish translation, nutrition and social work.

Through Edcor, students are eligible to receive a 10 percent tuition discount on any of Adelphi online program listed in the All Campus network. Click here to learn more.

Colorado Technical University is offering new Foundations Courses for students interested in pursuing a Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) or a Master of Science in Computer Science at CTU. The Foundations Courses will provide students who do not have prior undergraduate experience in computer science or information technology with the opportunity to pursue these two specialized master’s degrees. If a student can demonstrate their knowledge of foundational objectives through their prior coursework, the foundation requirement may be waived and admission into the MSIT or MSCS programs can be granted.

Previously, CTU students were required to have an undergraduate degree with a focus in either information technology or computer science. By expanding the acceptance requirements to the MSIT and MSCS programs, students can pursue these graduate areas of interest without formal undergraduate training. Through these Foundational Courses, CTU looks forward to improving the educational opportunities for both current and prospective students.

Learn about CTU’s online degree programs at www.coloradotech.edu or call 1-855-230-0555. Colorado Technical University cannot guarantee employment or salary. For important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended these programs, go to www.coloradotech.edu/disclosures.

Liberty University is proud to announce that we are covering the cost of all undergraduate digital textbooks starting in the fall 2018 semester. In the United States, undergraduate students spend an average of at least $500 on textbooks, per semester. Over the course of a degree, those books can easily total over $4,000. It is safe to say that textbooks are not cheap.

Liberty University will cover the cost of all undergraduate digital textbooks; don’t worry, though. Paper textbooks will continue to be available for purchase. Purchasing textbooks can be an overwhelming expense; let us shoulder that burden for you.

With over 250 degree programs available 100 percent online, we are the perfect school to meet your educational needs. If you have any questions about any of our programs or would like to speak with an admissions counselor, please call 1-800-424-9595 or visit www.liberty.edu.


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