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Happily Reading a Book

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My husband and I were walking along the sand during a Florida vacation recently, when something unusual caught my eye:  an elderly couple, shaded by a colorful beach umbrella, each holding something odd in their hands.

“Look, Honey!” I said, pointing in astonishment. “They’re reading books!”

Yes, books.

You remember books, don’t you – those rectangular things filled with pages of words?  If it seems like fewer and fewer people are holding them nowadays, you’re right – a recent Pew Research Center report indicated that more than a quarter of American adults did not read a single book last year. And that includes Kindles, paperbacks, and even audiobooks. In fact, the number of people declaring themselves “non-readers” has nearly tripled since 1978.

You can blame TV, smart phones, and the internet for giving Americans something else to do, apparently. But, while all can be highly entertaining, nothing adds value to your life like reading for pleasure. Nothing else says that you’re well-educated either: Folks with a college degree read more, on average, than those who only finished high school.

But there’s much more to reading than showing people you’re smart. According to The Reading Agency, there’s a strong link between reading for pleasure and “educational outcomes”.  In other words, reading makes you smarter. But wait – there’s more! Continue reading

Thoughts on Success

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“As I drove to Nashville for Bethel University’s orientation last Saturday, I passed every type of car I’ve ever dreamed of, older couples in their luxury motor homes, and businessmen and women dressed for success on their phones at 6:30 am. As I see all of this, I start thinking about my own future. Where will I be when I’m old? Will I be able to wear “dress clothes” every day? Will I be able to afford exotic cars? What will I be doing in five years? Then I realize that I’m headed to a place that can make all of these things come true. After today, my focus is to obtain the highest level of education through Bethel and be able to provide a comfortable lifestyle to my family. It’s going to be very challenging, but it will be more than worth it in the end. Never being satisfied isn’t a bad thing! If you want change or get more out of life, then make it happen. If I can do it, anyone can.”

 

Alex Sanders

Program: Organizational Leadership

Winchester, TN

 

First Generation College Students

Being the first college student in your family can be thrilling.  In fact, many of our students state that the main reason they attend Bethel University is the chance to be the first to break though family barriers to earn a college degree. It’s a source of pride, a way to bring honor to their families, and a chance to improve their lives and the lives of those who follow.

But being a so-called “first-gen student” – someone whose parents did not attend college — can also be intimidating and confusing. It’s a little like being a pioneer heading through the wilderness without a map:  Everything is new and untested.  Many first-gen students receive mixed messages from family and friends who fear that they’ll evolve into someone …  different. The lack of support and understanding can cause even adult students to struggle:  One student admitted that she studied in the car because her family accused her of being “uppity” when she opened her textbooks in front of them.  Maybe this is why national studies indicate that more than half of all first-generation students who drop out do so in their first year. Continue reading

Eyes Wide Open

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I had a pleasant surprise this morning: One of my former undergraduate students dropped by my office for a visit.  The timing was perfect. I had written him a glowing recommendation for Bethel’s MBA program, and was eager to catch up on his progress since starting the graduate program three months ago.

His first words? “Ms. Chambers, I almost dropped out of school last month.”

Needless to say, I was surprised. He’d been an outstanding student in my undergraduate marketing class. When I asked what happened, he said it had been a culmination of things – a busy work schedule, a family emergency, and a statistics class that was tougher than he expected. The crazy combination caused him to earn a “D” on two assignments in a row, he told me, and nearly led to him give up on his academic dreams.

“I didn’t realize grad school would be this hard,” he admitted.

I was about to launch into my favorite “rah-rah” speech – the one where I stress that if it were easy to earn a graduate degree, everybody would have one. But he was on a roll. Continue reading

APA Made Simple

           Starting college can initially be an uphill battle. A new schedule, an additional responsibility, and even unfamiliar technology can all pose unexpected challenges in the first weeks or months. Add to these the unique requirements of a writing-based program like Bethel’s, and it’s easy to see why some students become a bit overwhelmed – especially when it comes to APA.

What can I say about the academic writing format devised by the American Psychological Association nearly 100 years ago that hasn’t already been muttered by every Bethel student hunched over a computer at some point? “Unreasonably complicated,” “ridiculously rigid” and “totally time-consuming” all spring to mind. But how about this? “It’s not as hard as I thought.”

It’s true. Thanks, in a part, to technology, meeting those pesky APA requirements has become easier than ever. The trick is to know when and how to use the resources that can make APA easy. If you neglect to use the help available, those late nights spent muttering about APA are sure to continue.

Let me break it down for you. Basically, online students need to worry about only two APA requirements: References and in-text citations. References are the lengthy bits of information placed at the end of an academic essay. If you’ve used ANY outside resource to write an essay (including your ebook), and even if you are simply paraphrasing throughout, you still need to credit the source of that information with a reference at the bottom of your essay. Continue reading

Your academic advisor – the most important guide on your academic journey.

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Who is the most important guide on your academic journey? Many Bethel University graduates say “My academic advisor” – and with good reason.

At the start of the journey, an academic advisor is there to explain the program, including credit requirements, transfer credit information, and testing options that can make the trip to graduation even quicker. He or she can answer questions about financial aid and billing, guide students through the registration process, and even trouble-shoot computer or V-Camp issues.

But along the way, an academic advisor often becomes something even more:  A friend, a confidante, a coach, and a cheerleader. Continue reading

Why Entrepreneurs Choose Bethel

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Everyone has heard of an entrepreneur who hit it big without a college degree – folks like Steve Jobs and Richard Branson, who struck it rich through a combination of hard work, sheer genius, and pure luck.

But such stories are told and retold because of their rarity. The truth is, successful business-owners without a degree are in the minority. Recent statistics from census.gov show that 64% of business owners had at least some college when they started their business, while 23% boast a bachelor’s degree and 17% a graduate degree.

There are plenty of reasons why entrepreneurs should seek a business-management degree before launching a business. Here are just a few: Continue reading

The College of Professional Studies is hiring!

Here at Bethel, we are dedicated to creating the educational opportunities adult learners need to achieve success for themselves, their families, and their careers. Are you a life-long learner?  Are you passionate about helping others achieve their educational goals? If so, we would love to hear from you!  Log in to our Career Center or submit your resume to cpsresumes@bethelu.edu to apply today.

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Press Release: Police Chief Rausch Supports Education for Criminal Justice Professionals; Cites Benefits to Police Department, Community

Chief David RauschKnoxville, TN – Bethel University received recognition this week for the role its criminal justice programs have played in recent improvements in the Knoxville Police Department. Police Chief David Rausch, head of the KPD, wrote that there has been a significant decrease in officer response to resistance, also known as “use of force,” and remarked on its link to education.

“The importance of education in the law enforcement setting could not be more significant than during these very trying times in our profession,” Rausch stated. “As we have studied the cause of these declines, we have noted one factor that cannot be overlooked  — the impact of education on decision-making.” Continue reading

Healthier Tennessee, Healthier Bethel

Tennesseans have many things to be proud of. Being healthy is not one of them.

In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control, we are one of the least healthy states, and have been for the last 20 years. As a result, we’re now facing an epidemic of preventable chronic diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, obesity and even some forms of cancer.

That’s where “Healthier Tennessee” comes in, and where the College of Professional Studies can get involved. The movement, spearheaded by Gov. Bill Haslam and managed by local communities, encourages all Tennesseans — including schools and workplaces — to make some simple choices that can create some big differences.

In conjunction with Mayor McMillian's "Clarkswell" initiative, PR Director Cindy Chambers was invited to represent Bethel University on Public Square. 

In conjunction with Mayor McMillian’s “Clarkswell” initiative, PR Director Cindy Chambers was invited to represent Bethel University on Public Square.

PR Director Cindy Chambers is among those determined to “Start Small” to grow stronger. She went to the Small Starts online toolbox and found an easy-to-use website that includes activities to help workplaces develop better habits while tracking progress toward certification. There are more than 60 small starts choices that employees can choose from, and the Clarksville campus is now just two checkmarks away from success.

Megan Carroll, a state healthcare specialist, showed participating employees Sylvana Matthews, Cindy Chambers, Terry Morris, and Lisa Davidson easy ways to reduce stress and make healthier lifestyle choices.

Megan Carroll, a state healthcare specialist, showed participating employees Sylvana Matthews, Cindy Chambers, Terry Morris, and Lisa Davidson easy ways to reduce stress and make healthier lifestyle choices.

“Our campus has made some positive changes, and we hope that our efforts will motivate others to give it a try,” she says. “Just hosting an office potluck with healthful food options increases awareness of our workplace choices – without sacrificing the quality of our workdays. Setting fitness goals, encouraging smoking cessation, and monitoring progress are all small steps toward a brighter and healthier future.”

To get started as an individual or a group, go to:  https://healthiertn.com/small_starts_at_work