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2019, February Newsletter


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Adrienne Way, President and CEO, Edcor
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Physical Exercise and Academic Success are Linked

Physical exercise and academic success are common topics for New Year's resolutions. However, this is the time of year when many New Year’s resolutions, especially those pertaining to physical fitness, are abandoned. With work, family and school responsibilities it already seems like there is too much to schedule into the short winter days. It’s important to get the most out of every minute. But that is exactly why it’s important to lace up the sneakers and head out for a walk or off to the gym. There is evidence of a strong connection between physical exercise and academic success. Physical exercise can help people work more effectively.

Most of the research that connects physical exercise and academic success involves walking, but, “It’s likely that other forms of aerobic exercise that get your heart pumping might yield similar benefits,” says Dr. McGinnis. Dr. Scott McGinnis, a neurologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an instructor in neurology at Harvard Medical School. This happens because aerobic exercise that gets your heart rate up appears to boost the size of the hippocampus, the brain area that is involved in verbal memory and learning.

Several studies shows a positive relationship between factors concerning physical fitness and academic success. In addition to improving brain functioning involved in memory, studies show that regular physical activity improves students’ ability to focus for longer period of time. The results can add up. Dr. Heather Sanderson at North Carolina State University says that an increase of one extra hour per week of physical activity resulted in a .06 GPA improvement. That’s a small result. But if a student who doesn’t work out at all starts working out for three hours a week, there would be a .18 GPA increase, “which is a major impact,” says Sanderson. One extra hour per week of physical activity also increased the odds of graduation by 49 percent.

Mike McKenzie, Exercise Physiology Sports Medicine at Winston-Salem University chair, cites several studies that show positive links between physical exercise and academic success. One study at Saginaw Valley State showed that students who studied over three hours a day were 3.5 times more likely to be exercisers. And students who have GPA about 3.5 were 3.2 times more likely to be regular exercisers than students with a GPA below 3.0.

Three Reasons Why

href="">three human physiology and behavior changes, says Dr. Niket Sonpal, Touro College or Osteopathic Medicine:

First, he says, adding exercise to your schedule 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.”

Second, exercise fights stress that can come from work, family and school responsibilities. Getting rid of stress is important for academic success. “Stress hormones inhibit memory production and your ability to sleep: two key things needed to score high on exams.”

Third, exercise induces better sleep, and this will improve your memory and cognitive function. “Better sleep means moving your studies from short term to long term memory during REM.”

For students who think there is absolutely no time to exercise, experts say that even a few minutes here and there yields positive results. Jennifer Turgiss of Johnson & Johnson Health and Wellness Solutions says that sitting for long periods of time, such as students may do during classes or study periods, can have a negative health effect. It’s easy to overcome this with a five-minute walk every hour, she says. Her study showed that “In addition to the beneficial impact of physical activity on levels of energy and vigor, spreading out physical activity throughout the day improved mood, decreased feelings of fatigue and affected appetite.”

This is important for students who also have family and work responsibilities that go from early morning and stretch into school time in the evenings. “Having more mental and physical energy at the end of a day that requires a lot of sitting, such as a student’s day, can leave them with more personal resources to do other activities,” Turgiss says.

Adrienne Way, President & CEO



Six Things to Know before You Choose a Degree Program

Posted on February 14th, 2019 by American Public University System

By Susan Hoffman, Contributor, Online Learning Tips, American Public University At the university, you have a choice of several online degree programs: associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral. But it’s not always easy to determine which degree to pursue, so choosing a particular program requires careful thought and effort. If you have it in mind to Read more

Mercedes Acuna’s Career Follows Her Moves from Base to Base

Posted on February 14th, 2019 by Excelsior College

By Maria C. Sparks, Excelsior College Seven years ago, Mercedes Acuña—military spouse and mother of three—earned the Adult Learner of the Year Award from the American Council of Education. It was a prestigious honor accepted by Acuña at ACE’s Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.; for the Excelsior student and now alum, it augmented an education Read more

A Liberal Arts Education is Worth the Investment

Posted on February 14th, 2019 by Columbia College

Provided By Columbia College Good news, lovers of literature, admirers of Aristotle and supporters of the social sciences. Liberal arts degrees are relevant and in demand in today’s workforce, and there’s research to back that up. Recent studies confirm what small liberal arts colleges have always known. Employers value a well-rounded education that equips people Read more

Challenges Tomorrow’s Leaders Face as Workplace and Market Dynamics Change

Posted on February 14th, 2019 by Feliciano School of Business

Provided by Montclair State University How we work is rapidly changing. Remote workers, freelancers, consultants and a global marketplace have all led to the most diverse workforce in history. It’s also one that requires future leaders to prepare if they want to succeed. These changes are of special interest for those who earn an MBA Read more

Self-Care Tips for Students

Posted on February 14th, 2019 by Regent University

By Katie Llewellyn, Regent University College is one of the most important and exciting seasons of life. That said, figuring out new systems for success can be stressful. Between balancing schoolwork, relationships, friendships, jobs and family life, it can seem like there is little to no time to take care of or invest in yourself. Read more

Is an MBA Worth It?

Posted on February 14th, 2019 by Jack Welch Management Institute

By Mike Zeliff, Dean, Jack Welch Management Institute If you’ve ever considered getting your MBA, you’ve probably asked yourself the million-dollar question: Is business school worth it? It’s a fair question, particularly as going back to school as an adult often requires shuffling your priorities so you can make time for class and assignments. So, Read more

From English Major to Environmental Steward: UMUC Alumnus Makes Clean Water His Mission

Posted on February 14th, 2019 by UMUC

By Gil Klein, University of Maryland University College Berkeley County, West Virginia, is the fastest growing county in the state as new industry is attracted to the I-81 corridor and Northern Virginia’s exploding population spills into the Mountain State’s eastern panhandle. As a result, an upsurge of houses, roads, parking lots, industrial parks and the Read more



Five benefits to hybrid and blended learning

Posted on February 14th, 2019 by Brandman University

Provided by Brandman University The days of a brick-and-mortar education being the only option for college hopefuls are long gone. In fact, the number of college students enrolled in at least one online class climbed from 1.6 million in 2002 to more than 3.3 million in 2016. During that same period, colleges saw a drop Read more

The Road Home: Helping Veterans Get Back on Track after the Military

Posted on February 14th, 2019 by DeVry

Provided by DeVry University After serving two tours in Iraq with the United States Army, Justin Miller returned to civilian life with three priorities: an education, a career and giving back to others who served. He has accomplished all three, including working with the Road Home Program to help Veterans adjust to civilian life. The Read more

What is a Master's Degree in Cyber Security?

Posted on February 14th, 2019 by ECPI University

Provided by ECPI University Enrolling for a master’s degree program in cybersecurity could be a great way to improve career prospects in a rapidly growing field. The cybersecurity master’s is designed for IT professionals, executives, and baccalaureate degree graduates who realize the necessity of delivering value to customers through secure information technology systems. The qualification Read more

The Link Between Soft Skills, College Education and Law Enforcement

Posted on February 14th, 2019 by Florida Tech

Provided by Florida Tech University Do law enforcement officers benefit from higher education? Today, all the signs are pointing to yes. A bachelor’s or master’s degree can lead to enhanced communication and interpersonal skills, greater discretion in using force as a first option, and more job opportunities. College education reinforces clear, concise writing and strong Read more

The Benefits of STEM Concepts in Education

Posted on February 14th, 2019 by Grand Canyon University

Provided by Grand Canyon University “Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time.” Those wise words from Bengali polymath Rabindranath Tagore pose the question: Are we doing everything we can to educate the next generation? In order to provide them with the latest information, tools and resources, we Read more

Perspective on Changes and Challenges in the Healthcare Supply Chain

Posted on February 14th, 2019 by MSU Broad College of Business

Provided by Michigan State University Supply chain – it’s how your favorite products (from that new smartphone to this week’s meal kit) make it to your front door or store shopping cart via a network of producers, manufacturers, distributors, transporters and vendors, taking that product from creation to delivery. In healthcare, the consumers are patients Read more



School Updates: 201902

Posted on February 14th, 2019 by Edcor School Network

School Updates: 201902

American Public University
is beginning an online RN to MSN program. Registered nurses who wish to accelerate their education toward advanced nursing practice can now do so through American Public University’s new online RN to MSN program. Students in the program earn both a BSN and MSN in this single program.

Through APU’s carefully constructed program, students can substitute three BSN-level courses for three MSN-level courses, saving nine credit hours. Thus, students can earn their credential faster than through a traditional MSN program.

Students will be awarded a BSN after the first 120 credits before moving in to specialized graduate study for the remaining 27 graduate credits. At the graduate level, students choose from two tracks: Nurse Educator or Nurse Leader.

The program responds to multiple reports about projected nursing shortages, as cited on the website of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

For more information about APU’s RN to MSN program, visit

Like you, Liberty University is dedicated to pursuing excellence in everything we do. That’s why our RN to BSN degree is one of the leading online nursing programs providing licensed, practicing registered nurses the opportunity to finish their education 100 percent online. Our BSN degree program curriculum builds on your knowledge and experience to help you grow in critical thinking, leadership, and clinical skills. Whether you are seeking to advance in your current role or explore other areas of the nursing field, our online nursing program is designed to equip you with the knowledge and training you need to excel.

With an RN license, you will receive a minimum total of 39 credits of transfer credit to help you complete our industry-leading RN to BSN degree. Our online nursing programs are taught by nursing professionals with real-world experience in clinical and leadership settings.

Additionally, nursing tuition rates have been reduced to just $330 per credit hour for both full-time and part-time status. Factoring in the 15 percent Edcor discount, this degree will cost just over $280 per credit hour.

Contact our admissions office at 1-800-424-9595 to speak with an admissions counselor or visit our website at to learn more.

Last year was full of growth for Northcentral University, and we want to share some of the highlights with you. First and foremost, NCU joined the esteemed National University System and is now a nonprofit university. We’ve also welcomed a new president, Dr. David Harpool, who has more than 35 years of experience in the world of higher education. Our name will still be the same, but our goal for growth will still continue.

This growth offers greater benefits to you and your organization as well. Not only will you continue to receive the same discounted tuition rate, you will now have access to an even larger selection of in-demand degree programs. For instance, last year we added programs in fields such as:
• Criminal Justice
• Instructional Design
• Health Administration
• Social Work
• Educational Psychology
• Human Resource Management
• Public Administration
• Health Sciences

Edcor and Northcentral University still partner together to offer Edcor network participants an affordable opportunity to earn a Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral degree. Through this alliance, students will receive a preferred tuition rate that is 10 percent less than the current published tuition rate. Please visit us at or call 844-628-7557.

The University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business has designed an Executive Certificate in Negotiation to help business professionals learn to strengthen interpersonal relations, develop effective decision-making strategies and act with influence.

Each of the three courses features unique online negotiation training exercises, allowing students to partner with classmates for one-on-one interaction that tests knowledge and sharpens skills. These exclusive online exercises include immediate debrief lectures to ensure optimal learning outcomes.

Learning objectives include:
• Working more effectively one-on-one, in groups and across cultures
• Better understanding the role of interpersonal skills in influencing outcomes and achieving greater success
• Tapping into leadership competencies
• Development strategies to produce optimal outcomes while working with difficult situations

For information about the program, or to speak with an enrollment representative, visit

Penn State is the most recognized among hundreds of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s annual rankings of the top online degree programs, with six top-10 rankings for Penn State World Campus.

U.S. News’ 2019 Best Online Programs:
• No. 4, online graduate engineering
• No. 5 (tie), online bachelor’s programs
• No. 7, online graduate computer information technology
• No. 8 (tie), online graduate business (non-MBA)
• No. 9 (tie), online MBA
• No. 9 (tie), online programs in education

Penn State World Campus also had the most top-10 placements in the 2017 and 2018 rankings. The survey for the bachelor’s programs rankings weighed four categories: faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, student engagement and expert opinion. Surveys for graduate degree programs also measured student excellence.

Penn State was one of the pioneers in online higher education when it launched Penn State World Campus in 1998. Now, more than 20 years later, Penn State World Campus offers more than 150 degree and certificate programs online and has more than 14,000 students around the globe.

For information on programs and the tuition reduction available to you, your spouse and legal dependents, visit Penn State World Campus Edcor website. Penn State World Campus offers more than 150 online programs and access to academic advising, career counseling, and a financial literacy staff that specializes in serving working professionals.

At Purdue University Global, our Master of Business Administration (MBA) curriculum has been developed by a select panel of global business professionals and incorporates international business case studies, as well as a portfolio of practical, resume-building projects.

As a graduate of Purdue Global’s online MBA program, you’ll have the credentials, skills, and knowledge you need to pursue management and leadership positions in finance, marketing, operations, information systems management, human resources, and a myriad of other fields.

We offer several concentrations aligned to current industry demands, allowing you to customize your degree plan to develop specialized expertise in your chosen career path. In addition to our traditional online program, we offer ExcelTrack™ ─ a personalized, competency-based option that gives you more control over how you learn. ExcelTrack™ enables students who have at least three years of work experience to earn their MBA sooner, at a lower cost.

Our business programs are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has acknowledged that the human resources concentration fully aligns with the SHRM’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates.

Learn more about our online MBA program, visit

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