Ask any member of the School of Professional Studies (SPS) staff to name a particularly tenacious student, and undoubtably, you'll be given a list of several hardworking individuals. Yet, there are some students whose challenges are so significant, and their overcoming of odds so great, that one cannot help but be amazed at what they have achieved. Amber Gray is one such student.
The rising cost of college tuition is a common concern among both traditional and non-traditional students, with financial need being cited as a primary barrier to initial enrollment - and a contributor to student attrition rates. For prospective non-traditional students, financial instability may be one of the obstacles that led them to postpone their education, and the availability of financial aid may play a significant role in whether they ultimately decide to pursue degree-completion.
When researching degree programs, "sticker shock" is not an uncommon experience. However, what prospective students may fail to realize is that the tuition “sticker price” is not an absolute: there are resources available to help ease the financial burden. Many schools will offer applicants a financial aid package, and students may also independently pursue other forms of financial assistance.
The college financial aid system can be quite complex - with its many types, terms, and eligibility requirements - and significant research may be required in order to fully understand what is available.
Below, we have provided a basic overview of the financial resources available to non-traditional students, many of which are administered through the College of Charleston Office of Financial Assistance and Veteran’s Affairs. We hope that this information will illuminate the possibilities for obtaining an affordable education.
According to research compiled by the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), fifty-percent of managers are regarded as “ineffective” in their roles: a failure that may be attributed to a lack of support early in their leadership careers.
In considering how to better develop emerging leaders, the CCL has identified four competencies where first-time managers often demonstrate deficits: communication; influence; leading team achievement; and coaching and developing others.
With these competencies in mind, we have gathered tips as to how first time managers can improve their performance and avoid common skill-gaps.
Classes are back in-session at the College of Charleston North Campus, and our faculty and staff would like to extend a hearty welcome - or welcome back - to all students.
We hope that this semester will be a successful one, and would like to remind students that we are here to help in any way that we can - beginning with some tips for developing an effective time management strategy!
According to a study conducted by Georgetown University (2015), 70-80% of college students are engaged in some form of employment, with approximately 25% of students simultaneously working full-time and attending school full-time. Although work experience can have a positive effect both on what one is learning in related coursework, and on career prospects post-graduation, the realities of balancing school and work can present significant challenges. Non-traditional students may be at even greater risk for facing such obstacles, as they often also must attend to family responsiblities.
Whether you are an adult student returning to college after some time away, or have been in school consistently over the past few years, the beginning of a new semester presents a perfect opportunity for developing a time management strategy. This strategy should allow you to clearly assess your priorities, see exactly how much time you have available in a given day (or week, or month), and help you to adjust your schedule to best achieve your goals.
The 6 tips below - along with additional resources from the College of Charleston Center for Student Learning - should assist you in developing an effective time management plan.
With summer winding to a close, students of all ages are busy with back-to-school preparations. While for adult students, the days of excitedly selecting a new lunch box may be long gone, the anticipation that accompanies a new school year remains.
In the hopes that our adult students will begin the school year on the path to success, we suggest the following back-to-school preparation strategies:
Kathryn Bunn has always been ambitious.
A serious student in high school, Bunn expected to excel in college, alongside her high-achieving peers, yet found that she was lacking the maturity necessary to succeed. After a difficult two years at the University of Florida, Bunn reluctantly decided to withdraw from school.
Shanard Deas grew up in an community where few children dare to dream. With a small number of overstretched role models, and limited academic direction, young people in his neighborhood were often left merely aspiring to survive - to move beyond the disheartening realities of their surroundings.
During the academic year, adult students often burn the candle at both ends: juggling the responsibilities of academics, work, and family. Yet the arrival of summer typically offers some much-needed breathing room, whether in the form of a reduced course load, weekend getaways, or a complete break from school.
With summer in full swing, we hope that our students have been able to take some much-deserved time to unwind, and recharge for the upcoming semester.
Regardless of your academic plans, please consider some of the tips below, to ensure a productive, yet relaxing summer break.