DeVry University Senior Project Showdown Winners Recognized for Creating Innovative Solutions with Real-World Applications
On August 20th, DeVry University congratulated the finalists and winning team of its third annual Senior Project Showdown, a national competition in which DeVry University undergraduates show off their senior projects and media portfolios, and the University’s Keller Graduate School of Management students present their capstone projects.
All undergraduate and graduate students in their final semester collaborate with their peers on projects that apply their educational knowledge to solve a real-world challenge in their fields of study.
The resulting portfolios and projects are evaluated by DeVry University faculty, alumni, staff and local employers as the students’ final graduation requirement.
By Dr. Oliver Hedgepeth, Program Director, Government Contracts and Acquisition at American Public University
Education has changed a great deal since the days of the one-room school house, but the impact of a passionate teacher has not. I have seen many versions of that passion as both a student and educator.
Passionate Teaching in the Traditional Classroom
I asked a former faculty colleague, Mary, to explain why she still teaches after 30 years and why she believes in the power of passionate teaching.
She said, “Fresh out of college, diploma in hand, I was going to be the female version of Bob Woodward of Watergate fame! Got myself hired at a weekly paper. For newspaper virgins, at weeklies you do it all: write the copy, take the pictures, pick up the ads at the local grocery store, write the headlines, answer the phones, type in the classified ads, take out the trash, and on print day, drive the whole newspaper to the print shop, wait for the final product to be loaded into your family car and then deliver the sucker.”
Mary added, “Each time you go back to the paper, call about another story, take another photo and you’re off to the races for the week. And people look forward to what you do. And what you do drives you and you love it.” That is passion for work.
Wright State University: National Model Prepares Engineering Students for Successful Graduation and Beyond
Wright State University is changing the graduation rates for engineering students. Universities across the country are looking for ways to dramatically move the needle on graduation rates of four-year engineering degrees. To address this issue, the Wright State Model for Engineering Mathematics Education was developed at Wright State University and is proven to increase student success throughout required engineering courses, increase the number of students who graduate on time and help students achieve better grades in all courses, not just within the engineering major.
Developed in 2001 by two Wright State University engineering professors, Dr. Nathan Klingbeil and Dr. Kuldip Rattan, the cornerstone course EGR 1010 titled “Introductory Mathematics for Engineering Applications” has served as the new starting point for incoming engineering freshmen. Coupled with an adjustment to the prerequisites for core engineering courses and a shift in the required math sequence, Wright State has seen four-year graduation rates increase from 26 percent to 56 percent.
Debuts 5-Part Series “Rethinking College: Closing the Graduation Gap”
Week of August 17
Each night the week of August 17, 2015 (check local listings), the PBS NewsHour with Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff will broadcast the special 5-part series “Rethinking College: Closing the Graduation Gap.” NewsHour Correspondent and Weekend Anchor Hari Sreenivasan traveled throughout the United States to profile five leading edge experiments aimed at improving educational and career opportunities for poor students, who currently complete their bachelor’s degrees at half the rate of wealthier students.
This article was posted with permission from my colleague at Chicago Now. Kathy Mathews, who blogs over at Quilting, Sewing, Creating, shared her wisdom about the work teachers do every single day and the impact teachers have on their students. Kathy has 35 years of teaching experience, and when questioned about being “only a teacher,” she tells her story with dignity and grace. Honoring one of the most noble professions, here is an excerpt from her story. You can read the remainder of the article on her Chicago Now blog.
Last night I attended my 42nd class reunion/mutual 60th birthday party. We had those four formative years in common and had gathered twice before to swap how that common experience had shaped our lives. Twenty two years had passed since our last gathering so there was lots to talk about. Two different people made off hand comments to me that I’ve been mulling ever since. Both remarks communicated the same idea, “Oh, you were only a teacher? You were so smart in high school, I thought you would accomplish a lot more.”
I reacted the second time and the speaker protested, “I meant it as a compliment.” I couldn’t get my mind wrapped around it then but I have now. And yes, by the way, I was only a teacher and I was smart because it’s really important to have intelligent passionate people go into teaching.
I was only a teacher, I only worked for 35 years with adolescents teaching them world languages plus the the concept of understanding, valuing and accepting other countries, cultures and ways of communicating.
I was only a teacher, I only tried to make children feel like they could succeed in my classroom and realize the steps necessary to reach that success. I only cared about how they did in my class that year, the next level, school in general and all of their future life.
Draper University, located in Silicon Valley, is the brainchild of venture capitalist Tim Draper. His school is an unconventional world-class program for the brightest young entrepreneurs from around the world. Draper offers an immersive residential entrepreneurial training program that combines lectures from All-Stars in various fields, experiential and creative activities that challenge creativity and imagination, networking opportunities with classmates and mentors, and other surprises. The alternative entrepreneurial program culminates with a Business Pitch Competition with the opportunity to get a student’s startup funded. Draper University will be on TV this week! The Startup U series premiere is Tuesday, August 11 at 10m/9c on ABC Family! StartUp U will be featuring Draper’s University’s amazing young entrepreneurs, following the lead of Tim Draper.
Spotlight on Keven Longa, Draper University Alumni
One alumni is making a difference around the world with video and the beauty of food. Founder Kevin Longa, a recent Draper University Alumni has been making films since he was 8 years old. His company’s launch product is entitled TASTE (http://www.tastewithkevin.com) with Kevin Longa. It is a documentary series that features the true stories of food entrepreneurs from all around the world.
By Dr. Jose Rodriguez
Assistant Dean, School of Education at American Public University
I spent 25 years in the field of education in various districts across Texas and Washington. In those years, my roles included para-educator, teacher, curriculum developer, and school administrator. The years in education motivated me to concentrate on the teacher evaluation process.
Thirteen of those years were spent teaching in the classroom. For me then, the teacher evaluation process was a procedural requirement that had to be performed by school administrators. It did not impact my teaching because the observation process had no connection or relevance to what I was doing in the classroom. I recall my colleagues talking about the evaluation process as a chore that was not meaningful to their teaching.
My different roles in the field of education have given me the opportunity to look at the teacher evaluation process through different perspectives and experiences.
Young entrepreneurs are making a difference all over the world today. Angela Maiers, teacher and innovator shares some of her favorite work designed by middle-school students; all students, parents and teachers will love this project! Designed by students for students-products these young innovators created because they know what they need. How powerful it is to give kids the chance to discover, share ideas, create and then sell their own products. If we give our students the tools and resources they need, they can truly soar. Below you will find young entrepreneurs helping each other while by doing what they do best-sharing what they know.