State Technical College of Missouri and Grantham University Sign Articulation Agreement

Agreement allows students who have completed associate degrees to transfer to corresponding bachelor’s degrees

Lenexa, Kan. — July 21, 2014 — Students are faced with countless options when it comes to choosing the right school in which to pursue their college education. Recently State Technical College of Missouri, located in Linn, Mo., the state’s only designated state-level technical college, signed an articulation agreement with Grantham University easing the transfer process between schools.

The articulation agreement is a 2+2 bachelor completion program which allows students who have completed any associate degree with a 2.0 GPA from State Technical College of Missouri to transfer into Grantham’s Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies degree program. Additionally, students who have earned their degrees in the following areas can transfer into a corresponding bachelor’s degree at Grantham:

Associate of Applied Science Business Systems Specialist to Bachelor of Science Business Administration or Bachelor of Science Business Management

Associate of Applied Science Electronics Engineering Technology to Bachelor of Science Computer Engineering Technology or Bachelor of Science Engineering Management Technology

Associate of Applied Science Computer Programming to Bachelor of Science Computer Science or Bachelor of Science Information Systems or Bachelor of Science Information Systems Security

Eligible members of State Technical College of Missouri’s faculty and staff have the opportunity to continue their education through Grantham at a reduced tuition rate for bachelor’s and master’s degree programs.

“State Technical College of Missouri is a wonderful institution that cares deeply about the potential of each of their students,” said Dr. Marilyn Bartels, Grantham’s provost. “Like Grantham, they are committed to meeting their students’ educational needs through the use of in-depth faculty-student interaction. We are thrilled to partner with another school who cares so deeply about putting students first.”

“Grantham University has a philosophy consistent with the philosophy of the State Technical College of Missouri,” said STC President Dr. Donald Claycomb.  “We welcome the opportunity to articulate with them to expand opportunities to students.”

Grantham University has been helping working adults achieve their educational goals for more than 63 years. Grantham offers certificate programs, associate and bachelor’s degrees in engineering and computer science through their oldest school – the College of Engineering and Computer Science. As the technology field continues to evolve, so does the curriculum covered in these fields. To learn more about the degree opportunities available in the College of Engineering and Computer Science, please visit: http://www.grantham.edu/engineering-and-computer-science/.

About State Technical College of Missouri:

Ranked among the best nationally, the State Technical College of Missouri serves a unique role as one of the leading two-year technical colleges in Missouri and the Midwest region.  State Tech has built a reputation as a highly specialized, student friendly college with an exceptional reputation with business and industry.  State Tech stands alone as Missouri’s first and only public higher education institution with a statewide mission devoted solely to technical education at the Associate of Applied Science Degree level.  Visit www.statetechmo.edu to learn more.

About Grantham University:

Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in accredited online associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as certificate programs. Grantham’s program offerings include: Accounting, Business, Human Resources, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Cybersecurity Concepts, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Performance Improvement and Nursing. Accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education. The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

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Ed Sammarco, Grantham University, Named a Kansas City Business Journal Top CFO

The 12 honorees were recognized at a June 27 awards luncheon

Lenexa, Kan. — July 14, 2014 — In the world of C-level executives, chief financial officers are often surrounded in a bit of mystery. To the outsider, they may seem like Rich Uncle Pennybags from the game Monopoly, constantly controlling the budget and saying “yes” or “no” to the purchasing of items for the business. In reality though, they are the force responsible for keeping businesses afloat. To recognize these crucial individuals, the Kansas City Business Journal (KCBJ) recently released their annual list of the 12 top chief financial officers in the area. Ed Sammarco of Grantham University was named to the list featuring the top small for-profit companies.

“I’ve always believed that the best managers are a reflection of the hard work provided by their teams,” said Sammarco. “I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish my goals last year, or received this honor, without their support. Each day the team comes into the office with an understanding of what needs to be done to support our students, and how it can best be accomplished. While I’m surprised and humbled to receive this award, I couldn’t have done it without them.”

Sammarco joined Grantham’s senior leadership team in 2011 after serving 11 years at Sprint Nextel. He holds an MBA with a concentration in finance from the University of Houston and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – accounting major – from Youngstown State University.

This is the seventh year that KCBJ has recognized Kansas City’s top financial executives. The honorees were chosen based on “contributions to their companies’ growth and financial success, their roles in corporate management and strategic planning, and their community involvement.” All the honorees were recognized Friday, June 27, during KCBJ’s awards luncheon at the Sheraton Overland Park.

Grantham University has been helping working adults achieve their educational goals for more than 63 years. Grantham offers a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, which helps students learn how to analyze accounting problems while applying concepts, tools and strategies to various business settings. To learn more about Grantham’s accounting degree, please visit: http://www.grantham.edu/online-degrees/accounting/.     

About Grantham University:

Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in accredited online associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as certificate programs. Grantham’s program offerings include: Accounting, Business, Human Resources, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Cybersecurity Concepts, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Performance Improvement and Nursing. Accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education. The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

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Henley-Putnam University Signs Articulation Agreement with Grantham University

The two schools will work together to ensure students who wish to transfer to one another have a smooth transition

Lenexa, Kan. — June 24, 2014 — As technology advances, online education opportunities continue to expand, making it easier for working adults to pursue their education in a flexible, convenient way. Grantham University, one of the oldest private postsecondary distance education universities, has recently signed an articulation agreement with Henley-Putnam University. Henley-Putnam specializes in intelligence education with courses including counterintelligence, clandestine communications and terrorism studies.

The articulation agreement will ease the transition of students who wish to continue their education at either university. This will smooth the transfer of credit and help eliminate the need to repeat a course competency that has already been mastered.

“Henley-Putnam is a wonderful institution that focuses primarily on strategic security degrees,” said Dr. Marilyn Bartels, Grantham’s provost. “Like Grantham, they are committed to meeting the educational needs of professionals in law enforcement and the military. Because of this, there is a shared vision and mission of Serving Those Who Serve®.”

“The solid alignment of Grantham’s curriculum, values, standards of excellence, and mission with Henley-Putnam’s makes this articulation a great asset to students,” said Dr. Amy DiMaio, Henley-Putnam’s provost of academics. “Grantham’s commitment to integrity in serving military students speaks to the core of Henley-Putnam’s mission.”

Grantham University has been helping working adults achieve their educational goals for more than 63 years. Grantham offers a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with concentrations in homeland security and computer science, a bachelor’s in information systems security, and a certificate in cybersecurity concepts. To learn more, visit: www.grantham.edu/online-degrees/.

About Henley-Putnam University:

Henley-Putnam University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) and offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as a doctoral degree within the field of strategic security. The University’s mission is to serve professionals within the law enforcement, military and intelligence community, by increasing their opportunities for advancement in the fields of protection management, counter-terrorism and intelligence operations. The University's focus is on delivering user friendly, high quality, online degree programs with an emphasis on furthering knowledge in deterrence and prevention.

About Grantham University:

Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in accredited online associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as certificate programs. Grantham’s program offerings include: Accounting, Business, Human Resources, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Cybersecurity Concepts, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Performance Improvement and Nursing. Accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education. The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

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Lt. Christopher Martin, US Navy, Receives AFCEA DC Military IT Leadership Award

The Grantham University graduate and adjunct instructor was selected as one of two USN recipients

Lenexa, Kan. — June 12, 2014 — Each year, the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Washington, D.C. Chapter (AFCEA DC) recognizes technology heroes from each branch of the armed services and joint forces with the Military IT Leadership Award. This year, Grantham graduate and adjunct instructor, Lieutenant Christopher Martin, was selected as one of two Navy recipients.

Lt. Martin is currently the Atlantic Submarine Force Ashore Communications Planning/Requirements Officer and Information Assurance Manager. In this role, he is responsible for coordinating a worldwide network of Naval communications stations and transmitters. He is also an instructor at Grantham University teaching courses in computer concepts, advanced microcomputer applications and e-commerce. Lt. Martin was selected for the Military IT Leadership Award for his numerous efforts in advancing the field of Submarine Cyber Warfare.

“I cannot adequately express how honored I am. This award represents a milestone in my career, one that validates the extensive work accomplished,” said Lt. Martin. “I could not have earned this achievement without the support of my wife, sons, the leadership and my co-workers at both Commander Submarine Forces, Atlantic and Pacific Fleet. Additionally, I must recognize the knowledge and skills I obtained while earning my Master of Science in Information Management – Project Management at Grantham University. The courses provided a foundation from which I grew in my career. It is an outstanding privilege to be selected and is a reflection of the investment by many in my career and the trust they have shown in my abilities.”

This year’s recipients were honored at AFCEA DC Spring Leadership Dinner May 15 at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Va. The event featured a keynote presentation by Admiral William J. “Fox” Fallon (U.S. Navy, Ret.), and honored the country’s Warfighters for their service and the sacrifices that they have made in defending our nation.

Grantham University has been Serving those who Serve™ for more than 63 years, and has been recognized as a military-friendly school and a top university for veterans. To learn more about Grantham’s military programs, scholarships and grants, please visit: www.grantham.edu/online-college-tuition/military-programs/.  

About Grantham University:

Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in accredited online associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as certificate programs. Grantham’s program offerings include: Accounting, Business, Human Resources, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Cybersecurity Concepts, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Performance Improvement and Nursing. Accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education. The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

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It’s Official – Grantham Holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for New Campus

Lenexa Chamber of Commerce helped host the event for university staff and members of the community

Lenexa, Kan. — June 5, 2014 — As famous fictional Kansan Dorothy Gale once said as she clicked her heels, “there’s no place like home.” This is a sentiment that Grantham University’s 400 plus staff members and the Lenexa Chamber of Commerce celebrated Wednesday, June 4, as they held the ribbon cutting ceremony for Grantham’s new main campus in Lenexa’s Southlake Corporate Park.

Grantham relocated to Kansas from the Kansas City Northland’s Zona Rosa development in late March. Its new location is LEED certified and has ample room to meet the projected staff and faculty additions expected within the next two years.

“Kansas, Johnson County, The City of Lenexa and the Lenexa Chamber of Commerce have gone out of their way to help Grantham feel at home in our new location,” said University president, Joseph McGrath. “This transition wouldn’t have gone so smoothly without the help of the Chamber and Mayor Boehm. We’ve only been residents of Kansas for a short while, but we know we’ve made the right decision for our team.”

Mayor Boehm spoke at the ceremony, which was followed by the ceremonial ribbon cutting, refreshments, and tours of the new main campus.

The Kansas City area first welcomed Grantham University following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Its former campus in Slidell, Louisiana was completely destroyed in the storm. The Greater Metropolitan area helped Grantham’s staff find shelter, food, clothing and medical assistance since many moved to the area with very few belongings. The Kansas City area has been Grantham’s home away from home ever since.

Grantham University has been helping working adults around the world achieve their educational goals for more than 63 years. To learn more about Grantham and its accredited online degrees and certificate programs, visit: www.grantham.edu/online-degrees/.

About Grantham University:

Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in accredited online associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as certificate programs. Grantham’s program offerings include: Accounting, Business, Human Resources, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Cybersecurity Concepts, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Performance Improvement and Nursing. Accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education. The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

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Grantham Exec Makes Annual List of K.C.’s Top CFOs

The Kansas City Business Journal has compiled its annual list of the best chief financial officers in the area, and Grantham University’s own CFO Ed Sammarco is among the honorees.

The publication’s CFO of the Year awards program, now in its seventh year, recognizes the top financial executives in Kansas City based on “contributions to their companies' growth and financial success, their roles in corporate management and strategic planning, and their community involvement,” the Business Journal reported. To view the whole story, please visit: http://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/news/2014/05/23/kcbj-announces-2014-cfos-of-the-year.html.

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Chase Cookson: Gladstone Future Leaders Academy Graduate

The dean of Grantham’s Foundations Faculty participated in the program along with 10 others to learn more about civic engagement

Lenexa, Kan. — May 27, 2014A town is only as good as its citizens. In order to ensure a continually engaged community, Gladstone, Missouri, recently hosted its annual Future Leaders Academy, a program designed to give citizens an inside look at how municipal government works. Grantham University’s dean of foundations faculty, Chase Cookson, was among the most recent group of graduates.

While most graduates eventually go on to join Gladstone’s various boards and commissions, Cookson learned about the Future Leaders Academy after serving on the Environmental Management Advisory Committee (EMAC).

“I had initially expressed interest in joining the Future Leaders Academy before being appointed to EMAC,” Cookson reflected, “but after my appointment, Mayor (Brian) Hill strongly suggested that I continue to follow through with my interest. I’m glad that I did. As a student of business, I found the similarities between running a city and a business to be very interesting.”

Gladstone’s Future Leaders Academy runs from January to May every year. This year Cookson was one of 11 graduates who were recognized in a ceremony held by the city on May 12. In his role at Grantham, Cookson is responsible for the development and guidance of the university’s core education faculty members.

Grantham University has been helping working adults around the world achieve their educational goals for more than 63 years. To learn more about Grantham and its accredited online degrees and certificate programs, visit: http://www.grantham.edu/online-degrees/.

About Grantham University:

Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in accredited online associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as certificate programs. Grantham’s program offerings include: Accounting, Business, Human Resources, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Cybersecurity Concepts, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Performance Improvement and Nursing. Accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education. The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

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For Second Year, Grantham Sponsors Hillcrest Walk for the Homeless

University’s “super heroes” participate at Bronze Level with participation from president and team of Life Changers

Lenexa, Kan. — May 17, 2014 — Without the aid of a phone booth to change into costume, Grantham University had a team of super heroes participate in Hillcrest’s Super Hero Walk for the Homeless led by their fearless president, Joseph McGrath. The University also served as a Bronze Level sponsor for the second year in a row.

For 30 years, Hillcrest of Kansas City has helped homeless families by providing transitional housing and the training needed to help them overcome barriers in order to become self-supportive members of society. Through this work they have a success rate of 95 percent of their graduates achieving their goals within 90 days.

“When the University first relocated to Kansas City after Hurricane Katrina, we were essentially homeless,” said McGrath. “The city and its surrounding communities opened their arms and hearts to us, so we did not have to go without clothing, furniture, medical supplies and housing. When the opportunity presents itself to help a wonderful cause like Hillcrest’s Walk for the Homeless, we are happy to give back to the community that has given us so much.”

Grantham University has been helping working adults around the world achieve their educational goals for more than 63 years. To learn more about Grantham and its accredited online degrees and certificate programs, visit: http://www.grantham.edu/online-degrees/.

About Grantham University:

Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in accredited online associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as certificate programs. Grantham’s program offerings include: Accounting, Business, Human Resources, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Cybersecurity Concepts, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Performance Improvement and Nursing. Accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education. The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

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Grantham Aids Students Affected by Destructive Spring Weather

Lenexa, Kan. — May 3, 2014 — It has officially been spring for just over a month, and already the South and Midwest have endured several devastating storms. As an online university with students across the country, Grantham University’s family has been affected by the recent rash of tornadoes and floods.

To help alleviate the burden, Grantham is actively reaching out to its students and helping those affected through this difficult time. Each student’s situation is unique, so Grantham’s student advisors are working one-on-one to determine the best way for the student to successfully continue his or her education. Students have a few options open to them such as delaying the start of a course or asking for an extension on an assignment. Instructors are working with impacted students who are currently enrolled in courses to revise deadlines and provide extra time to complete assignments. 

“Students choose to attend Grantham because we allow them the flexibility needed to fit education into their lives,” said Dr. Cheryl Hayek, chief academic officer. “Sometimes that flexibility extends beyond the work-life balance due to extenuating circumstances. When that happens, we try to help in any way we can.”

Grantham University has been helping working adults around the world achieve their educational goals for more than 63 years. To learn more about Grantham and its accredited online degrees and certificate programs, visit: http://www.grantham.edu/online-degree/.

About Grantham University:

Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in accredited online associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as certificate programs. Grantham’s program offerings include: Accounting, Business, Human Resources, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Cybersecurity Concepts, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Performance Improvement and Nursing. Accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education. The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

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Grantham Honors Those Lost While Serving by Sponsoring Inaugural Run for the Fallen at Fort Hood

“Fallen, Never Forgotten” will take place Saturday, May 3, at Cameron Field

Fort Hood, Texas — May 2, 2014 — Following the tragic events that recently occurred at Fort Hood, the inaugural Run for the Fallen Saturday will be an especially poignant event. “Fallen, Never Forgotten” honors the fallen soldiers of the base and their families through 10K, 5K, 3K and 1 mile routes. Grantham University, a 100 percent online university that specializes in “Serving Those Who Serve®” is one of the event’s exclusive sponsors.

“We have a large student population at Fort Hood and saw this run as an opportunity to show our students they have our full support - both in the classroom and in their daily lives,” said Grantham’s president, Joseph McGrath. “The service members honored by this event have made the ultimate sacrifice, and this is just one small way we can show our gratitude.”

Between 2,000 and 5,000 members of the Fort Hood area and its surrounding communities are expected to participate. Race participants will have the opportunity to honor the fallen soldier of their choice by writing the name on their race bib. On-site registration begins at 7 a.m., and the first wave will begin at 8 a.m.

Since its founding by a World War II veteran in 1951, Grantham has remained true to its founder’s pledge to serve the academic needs of those who serve our country by providing affordable, professionally relevant, student-focused degree and certificate programs. To learn about Grantham’s military and veteran scholarship opportunities, visit: http://www.grantham.edu/tuition/military-programs/military-scholarship-programs/.

About Grantham University:

Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in accredited online associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as certificate programs. Grantham’s program offerings include: Accounting, Business, Human Resources, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Cybersecurity Concepts, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Performance Improvement and Nursing. Accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education. The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

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GU Recognized for Hiring Military Veterans

Grantham University and 11 other Kansas City area employers that hired military veterans through Missouri’s Show-Me Heroes program have been honored by the state’s Department of Economic Development.

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Grantham University Inducted into MoNGA’s Order of the Truman Battery D Battalion

Induction ceremony took place during the organization’s annual conference

Lenexa, Kan. — April 14, 2014 — Each year the Missouri National Guard Association (MoNGA) hosts an annual conference for all of its members to come together to discuss how they can best serve the soldiers, airmen, retirees and families of the Missouri National Guard. During this year’s event in Osage Beach, Mo., Grantham University was inducted into the Order of the Truman Battery D Battalion.

The award is named for the battery that President Harry S Truman led during World War I as a member of the Missouri National Guard. To receive the award, supporters of MoNGA must have made a lasting contribution for the betterment of the organization.

“As longtime supporters of MoNGA, we are delighted to be inducted into the Order of the Truman Battery D,” said Grantham president, Joseph McGrath. “We have always believed strongly in the mission of the MoNGA and are committed to serving those who serve through our online degree programs and scholarships. We look forward to remaining involved with this wonderful organization as neighbors across the state line.”

Grantham University specializes in delivering flexible, affordable, accredited online degrees to military service members, spouses, veterans and working adults around the world. To learn more about Grantham and its online degree programs, visit: http://www.grantham.edu/online-degrees/ or call 800-955-2527.

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About Grantham University:
Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in accredited online degree programs. Grantham’s online undergraduate and graduate degree programs include: Accounting, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Performance Improvement, Nursing, Human Resource Management and Business Intelligence. Accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education. The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

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Grantham Adds 4 New Certificates to Program Options

The certificates are in human resources, cybersecurity, programming and business leadership

Lenexa, Kan. — April 11, 2014 — According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2012 around 8,554 people who received postsecondary non-degrees – in other words they had participated in certificate programs – were employed in their respective fields. This number is expected to grow another 15.6 percent by the year 2022.  To help meet this growing demand for talented future employees, Grantham University will add four certificate programs to its online course options: cybersecurity concepts, introduction to programming, human resources and business leadership.

Each certificate requires the completion of 16-19 credit hours and can be completed individually, or while concurrently pursuing a correlated undergraduate degree at Grantham. The cybersecurity concepts certificate helps prepare students to take the Network+ exam and/or the NetworkPro and SecurityPro certification exams.

For those who already hold a college degree, a certificate is a great complement to that degree and is a cost-effective way to further knowledge and expertise in a given field.  

“Certificate programs are a popular option for students who want to advance in their careers, but who don’t necessarily have the time to pursue a full degree,” said Dr. Cheryl Hayek, Grantham’s chief academic officer. “In the next decade, certificate holders are expected to have the fourth highest employment rate of postsecondary education opportunities behind doctoral, master’s and associate degree recipients. Considering our history of providing professionally relevant degree programs, it is only fitting for us to begin expanding our certificates options to meet a growing need.”

To learn more about Grantham University’s new certificates, please visit: www.grantham.edu/certificates, or call 1-800-955-2527.

About Grantham University:

Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in accredited online degree programs. Grantham’s online undergraduate and graduate degree programs include: Accounting, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Performance Improvement, Nursing, Human Resource Management and Business Intelligence. Accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education. The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

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Charles Lamp, Army Veteran, Named Grantham’s 2014 Outstanding Graduate

Completed his associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees through the University

Lenexa, Kan. — April 8, 2014 — Charles Lamp of Hartselle, Ala., was recognized as Grantham University’s 2014 Outstanding Graduate during an awards luncheon today at the Distance Education and Training Council’s (DETC) 88th Annual Conference in Hammock Beach, Fla. Johanna Altland, Grantham’s director of strategic initiatives & external relations, presented the award.

A three-time graduate of Grantham, Lamp received his Associate of Science in Information Systems in 2008, Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies in 2011 and his Master of Business Administration – Project Management with distinction in 2013. He currently works for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) as a senior software analyst following a successful 20-year career in the Army.

“Growing up, very few of my friends and family members ever completed high school,” Lamp reflected. “It was a major personal accomplishment for me to take my own education far beyond that level. By pursuing my education, I was able to provide a positive example for my wife, co-workers, and others who considered taking that next step, but were unsure if they had the time.”

Selection criteria for the award includes a GPA of 3.5 or higher, evidence that the graduate has made significant contributions to society and his/her chosen profession, as well as an essay  submission demonstrating the graduate's application of knowledge and skills acquired in the online classroom to his/her career and community.

Grantham University is one of the oldest accredited, private, degree-granting distance education universities in the United States. The University specializes in delivering flexible, affordable, accredited online degrees to military service members, spouses, veterans and working adults around the world. To learn more about Grantham and its online degree programs, visit: http://www.grantham.edu/online-degrees/ or call 800-955-2527.

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http://www.saic.com/
http://www.detc.org/index.aspx  
http://www.grantham.edu/online-degree/master-of-business-administration-project-management/

About Grantham University:
Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in accredited online degree programs. Grantham’s online undergraduate and graduate degree programs include: Accounting, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Performance Improvement, Nursing, Human Resource Management and Business Intelligence. Accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education. The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

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Catherine Smith of KC North Awarded SHRM/Grantham Graduate Scholarship

Will use opportunity to pursue her Master of Science in Performance Improvement

Catherine Smith of KC North Awarded SHRM/Grantham Graduate ScholarshipLenexa, Kan. — April 4, 2014 — Returning to school after a 24 year break is intimidating, but Catherine Smith, Kansas City North, was determined. After working in human resources for 11 years, she knew to advance her career she needed two things: a PHR or SPHR certificate, and a master’s degree. She already had the certification, so she just needed a way to pursue her graduate degree. Catherine, a member of the Society for Human Resource Management of Greater Kansas City (SHRM-KC), decided to apply for the SHRM/Grantham University Graduate Scholarship.

The scholarship, which was open to all members of SHRM-KC, covered the full cost of tuition, textbooks, software and fees associated with a human resources-related graduate degree at Grantham. Applicants had to submit an essay providing information on their volunteering efforts, career path and financial need.

“When I first learned about the scholarship, I dismissed the idea of applying because there was no way I stood a chance,” Smith said. “But after a while I started wondering, ‘why not me?’ After a lot of research and some encouragement from two of my mentor-coworkers, I finally submitted the application. When I learned I had been selected for the scholarship, I couldn’t believe it! I cannot thank SHRM and Grantham enough for this wonderful opportunity.”

“Catherine has the drive and determination to complete anything she sets her mind to,” said Michael Hooker, Grantham’s senior manager – organizational partnerships. “These are characteristics that will carry her far in her education. We’re excited to help her pursue her degree and accomplish her ultimate goal of becoming an HR manager.”

Catherine received the scholarship during SHRM-KC’s March luncheon. She will be pursuing her Master of Science in Performance Improvement.

In 2012, Grantham University launched the first virtual SHRM Chapter in Kansas City and Missouri. The Chapter provides students with the opportunity to network and benefit from the professional association in the same convenient method in which they are pursuing a degree.

To learn more about Grantham’s Master of Science in Performance Improvement, please visit: http://www.grantham.edu/online-degree/master-of-science-in-performance-improvement/ or call 1-800-955-2527.

References:

About Grantham University:

Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in accredited online degree programs. Grantham’s online undergraduate and graduate degree programs include: Accounting, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Performance Improvement, Nursing, Human Resource Management and Business Intelligence. Accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education. The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

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Grantham Faculty Member, Tabitha Davis, Receives Proclamation in Honor of Women’s History Month

Presented by the City of Olathe to recognize Davis for her leadership in the community while encouraging others to forge their own path and reach their full potential.

Lenexa, Kan. — March 28, 2014 — It has been 166 years since the beginning of the Women’s Rights Movement, and 27 years since Women’s History Month was created by President Ronald Reagan. This year, the City of Olathe presented Tabitha Davis, former chair of the city’s Human Relations Commission and faculty member at Grantham University’s Mark Skousen School of Business, with a proclamation in honor of Women’s History Month on Tuesday, March 18.

Davis is a first generation college graduate, who has over 10 years of experience in public relations, education, and organizational management, in addition to helping people as a life coach. Mayor Michael Copeland chose Davis for this recognition based on her leadership in the community, and her example of forging one’s own path.

“After growing up in Johnson County, I’m incredibly honored to be recognized by my community,” Davis said. “Olathe and its citizens are my family, and I’ve loved being involved with it through the creation of the ‘Cultural Learning Links’ series and by working closely with the school district over the years.”

Davis has been active in the community from providing training and workshops to volunteering with the Boys & Girls Club and United Way. Most recently, she chaired the Olathe Human Relations Community Awards Program and co-lead the Education Committee for the Olathe Latino Coalition.

Recently named a “Best for Vets: Business School,” the Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). To learn more about Grantham’s 100% online business degree programs, visit: www.grantham.edu/colleges-and-schools/school-of-business/ or call 1-800-955-2527.

References:

About Grantham University:

Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in accredited online degree programs. Grantham’s online undergraduate and graduate degree programs include: Accounting, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Performance Improvement, Nursing, Human Resource Management and Business Intelligence. Accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education.

 

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Grantham’s School of Business Named “Best for Vets” by Military Times

64 schools were selected based on culture and curriculum that caters to veteran students

Lenexa, Kan. — March 11, 2014 — Currently about one million veterans are enrolled in colleges and universities around the country. For these veteran students who are interested in pursuing a business degree, Military Times has just published its second annual Best for Vets: Business Schools list. This year, Grantham University’s Mark Skousen School of Business was one of 64 schools selected.

This year’s list was compiled based on the results of an 80-question analysis of the schools’ complete offerings for veterans. The rankings factored in academic quality, outcomes and policies, school culture, student support, and cost.

“We take great pride in offering cutting-edge and professionally relevant business degree programs at an affordable price,” said Dr. Niccole Buckley, dean of the Mark Skousen School of Business. “To be selected for the Military Times Best for Vets: Business Schools list shows that we are not only leading the way in our program choices, but also in our dedication to serving those who have served.”

Offering 14 associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, the Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

For more information Grantham’s 100% online business degree programs, visit: www.grantham.edu/colleges-and-schools/school-of-business/ or call 1-800-955-2527.

References:

About Grantham University:

Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in accredited online degree programs. Grantham’s online undergraduate and graduate degree programs include: Accounting, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Medical Coding and Billing, Nursing, Human Resource Management and Business Intelligence. Accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education. The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

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Grantham University and Labette Community College Open New Doors for Students Pursuing Advanced Degrees

The articulation agreement was signed on Wednesday, Feb. 26, in Parsons, Kan.

Kansas City, Mo. – February 26, 2014 – Transitioning from community college to a four-year-degree just got even easier for some local Parsons students. A new articulation agreement between Grantham University and Labette Community College (LCC) offers graduates, faculty, and staff of LCC with the opportunity to advance their education through online coursework.

“Our mission to provide affordable, accessible, professionally relevant degree programs has moved another step forward,” said Dr. Marilyn Bartels, Grantham’s provost. “Through Grantham’s articulation agreement with schools like Labette Community College, we are able to offer a greater number of students a pathway to baccalaureate degrees through online courses, while continuing life with family and work in the community.”

The agreement was formalized during a signing ceremony at the Sonny & Sophia Zetmeir Health Science Building on the Labette Community College campus at 11am CST on February 26. Dr. Bartels and Dr. George Knox, president of Labette Community College, signed the agreement, which will allow students to transfer credits to Grantham toward earning a bachelor’s or graduate degree.

“LCC values its relationship with Grantham University and looks forward to providing a pathway for our students to achieve their goals,” said Dr. Knox.

Eligible faculty, staff and graduates of Labette Community College will also receive a reduced tuition rate at Grantham. All Labette Community College faculty and staff who enroll within the first six months of the signed agreement will receive a $500 tuition grant toward courses at Grantham. This grant will be paid out over the first two consecutive terms of enrollment in equal $250 disbursements.

Grantham’s mission is to provide accessible, affordable, professionally relevant degree programs in a continuously changing global society. For more information about Grantham University and its degree programs, visit www.grantham.edu or call 800-955-2527.

References:

About Grantham University

Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in accredited online degree programs. Grantham’s online undergraduate and graduate degree programs include: Accounting, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Medical Coding and Billing, Nursing, Human Resource Management and Business Intelligence. Accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education. The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

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Dr. Jeffrey Cropsey Named President-Elect of CCME

Grantham University’s vice president for strategic initiatives and external relations was elected during the Council of College and Military Educators’ annual professional development symposium on Tuesday, Feb. 11.   

Kansas City, Mo. — Feb. 17, 2014 — Though a winter storm was moving towards Savannah, Ga., members of the Council of College and Military Educators (CCME) came together early Tuesday morning to select their new board members. Following the election, Grantham University’s Dr. Jeffrey Cropsey, vice president for strategic initiatives and external relations, was named the new president-elect of CCME.

“Being named president-elect for CCME is very exciting,” Dr. Cropsey said. “I’m thrilled that the membership believed in my leadership ability and vision for the future. I look forward to continuing CCME’s mission and important initiatives to address the constantly changing environment in the partnership between the services, colleges and universities.”

Following his term as president-elect, Dr. Cropsey will assume the position of president of CCME in January 2015 behind 2014 president, Jim Yeonopolus of Central Texas College. Dr. Cropsey’s term will end in 2016.

Dr. Cropsey holds a doctor of education from the University of Southern California and has been with Grantham since 2010. Prior to joining Grantham, his career spanned over 40 years of service to the Department of Defense (DoD) in positions ranging from Army counselor to European command director of the Air Force, director of the Navy College Program worldwide, and director of Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES).

Grantham University, one of the oldest accredited, private, degree-granting distance education universities in the United States, has been recognized as a top military-friendly university by Military Advanced Education magazine for seven consecutive years. The University specializes in delivering flexible, affordable, accredited online degrees to working adult students around the world. To learn more about Grantham, go to: http://www.grantham.edu.

References:
http://ccmeonline.org/aboutus

http://ccmeonline.org/content/board-members

http://www.grantham.edu/?s=CCME

About Grantham University:
Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in accredited online degree programs. Grantham’s online undergraduate and graduate degree programs include: Accounting, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Medical Coding and Billing, Nursing, Human Resource Management and Business Intelligence. Accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education. The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

About CCME:
CCME, a not-for-profit organization, was founded in 1972 to promote, encourage, and deliver quality education to service members and their families in all branches of the armed services. Its membership is principally composed of military educators, civilian educators, post-secondary educational institutions, and suppliers of quality education products and services. For more information about CCME, visit: http://ccmeonline.org.

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Three Grantham Staff to Present at CCME’s “Crossroads in Military Education”

This year’s annual symposium takes place Feb. 10-13 in Savannah, Ga.  

Kansas City, Mo. — Feb. 7, 2014 — In less than a week, military educators will be flocking from across the country to Savannah, Ga., for the Council of College and Military Educators’ (CCME) annual professional development symposium. This year’s event themed, “Crossroads in Military Education,” will feature former POW Jessica Lynch as keynote speaker, a golf tournament benefitting the Night Stalker Hero Memorial of Savannah Foundation, Inc., and over 60 concurrent training sessions.

During the concurrent sessions, three members of Grantham University’s staff will serve as subject matter experts in discussions to benefit attendees as they work to support military and veteran students. These sessions are:

  • Best Practices for Military and Veterans Education: APSCU Study – Presented by Dr. Jeffrey Cropsey, vice president for strategic initiatives and external relations, and Michael Dakduk, vice president of military and veterans affairs, for the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU).
  • Creating and Sustaining a Cutting-Edge Military and Veteran Friendly Career Center – Presented by Shanna Fowler, career services manager.
  • Online vs. Face to Face Degrees for Veterans: What do Employers Think? Presented by Dr. Niccole Buckley, assistant chief academic officer and dean of the Mark Skousen School of Business.

Grantham University, one of the oldest accredited, private, degree-granting distance education universities in the United States, has been recognized as a top military-friendly university by Military Advanced Education magazine for seven consecutive years. The University specializes in delivering flexible, affordable, accredited online degrees to working adult students around the world. To learn more about Grantham, go to: http://www.grantham.edu.

References:
http://savannahherosoar.org/about_160th.html
http://www.ccmeonline.org/2014_concurrent_sessions
http://www.ccmeonline.org/nightstalker  

About Grantham University:
Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in accredited online degree programs. Grantham’s online undergraduate and graduate degree programs include: Accounting, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Computer Science,
Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Medical Coding and Billing, Nursing, Human Resource Management and Business Intelligence. Accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education. The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

About CCME:
CCME, a not-for-profit organization, was founded in 1972 to promote, encourage, and deliver quality education to service members and their families in all branches of the armed services. Its membership is principally composed of military educators, civilian educators, post-secondary educational institutions, and suppliers of quality education products and services. For more information about CCME, visit: http://ccmeonline.org.

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Growth Spurs Grantham University’s Move to Lenexa

Kansas City, Mo.— January 21, 2014 — Grantham University, an accredited online university serving working adults around the world, announced this week that it will be relocating its main campus to Lenexa, Kan., in spring 2014.

“We have been searching diligently for a space to accommodate our growing employee base in the KC metropolitan area, and Lenexa offers exactly what we need,” said Joseph McGrath, president of Grantham University. “Because our learning environment is online, students can expect a seamless transition without any interruption as all of our existing support systems will remain in place.”

Grantham University has called Kansas City, Mo., home since 2005 when it relocated its campus from just outside of New Orleans after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. The University, which currently employs more than 350 staff on-site in the Northland, offers 100 percent online undergraduate and graduate degree programs to students world-wide. 

“Grantham has selected our state as the best place to grow, invest and create new jobs,” Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George said. “That is great news for Kansans and our economy. We’ll continue to work hard to make our vibrant business environment even better.”

With a population of just over 48,000, Lenexa is located in the KC metropolitan area in Johnson County.

“We are pleased and excited that Grantham University has chosen Lenexa for its new facility,” said Blake Schreck, president of the Lenexa Chamber of Commerce. “They set the standard for excellence with the distance learning and training they provide, especially to military service members and veterans. We are proud to have them in our community.”

The University was founded in 1951 by Donald Grantham, a World War II veteran, who wanted to help his fellow former service members build a better future for themselves upon returning to civilian life. What started as a traditional “brick and mortar” school specializing in radio electronics is now a leader in online education, serving a global student population. With its interactive online learning environment and solid student support structure, Grantham University remains committed to the educational success of its 17,000 students.

For more information about Grantham University, visit: www.grantham.edu or call 1-800-955-2527.

References:

http://www.grantham.edu/m/arc/download/2005_12_01_CareerEducationReview.pdf 

http://www.kmbc.com/weather/-/11665742/16279298/-/12tmn35/-/index.html

http://www.ci.lenexa.ks.us/

About Grantham University:

Grantham University is one of the oldest, private, post-secondary, degree-granting distance learning universities in the United States. Grantham was founded in 1951 by Donald Grantham, a veteran of World War II, to help prepare veterans for new jobs and a better future upon their return to civilian life. Today, the University supports thousands of online students in 38 different associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. Accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has compiled a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education. The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

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Make a Wish and Blow out the Candles, Grantham is 63-Years-Young

On January 2, the University will celebrate serving students world-wide for well over half a century.

Kansas City, Mo. — January 2, 2014 — In 1951, the world experienced a variety of “firsts,” including the first time jet planes were used to transport passengers from one destination to another for leisure purposes. This was also the year that Grantham University was founded by a World War II veteran in order to help his fellow service members pursue a career beyond the military.

Since a lot can happen in 63 years, including several moves and name changes, here are some facts you might not have known previously about Grantham University. Sixty-three facts in honor of 63 years of changing the lives of students and Serving Those Who Serve®.

Fast Facts

1)    Grantham University has been continuously accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) since 1961.

2)    Since 1951, thousands of students have graduated from Grantham. In 2013, 1,902 students were recognized at the annual Commencement Ceremony.

3)    Grantham’s Fighting Eagle mascot was named Talon after a student-wide vote.

4)    Grantham offers 40+ online degree and certificates – including 14 master’s-level degree programs.

5)    The school offers a lower tuition rate than 95% of all other private/for-profit education institutions.

6)    In fact, true to the mission of providing a high-quality college education that is accessible and affordable, the University’s undergraduate tuition rate has not increased in 11 years.

7)    Grantham has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17:1.

8)    Current enrollment is 16,635. 

9)    Grantham enrollment includes students from all 50 states, plus D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, and military bases across the globe.

10) Grantham students are 74% male and 26% female; 47% of Grantham students are full-time and 56% are part-time.

History

11) Grantham was founded in 1951 by World War II veteran, Donald Grantham. The school was originally named Grantham Radio License School.

12) At one time, Grantham operated five on-ground campuses - Hollywood, Calif.; Washington, D.C.; Seattle, Wash.; Kansas City, Mo.; Falls Church, Va.; Los Angeles, Calif., Slidell, La.; and Dania, Fla.

13) Grantham has had four names in its lifetime: Grantham Radio License School, Grantham School of Electronics, Grantham College of Engineering and Grantham University.

14) GU has offered 100% online coursework since the early 2000s.

15) 2005 was a big year for Grantham. Hurricane Katrina destroyed GU’s headquarters in Slidell, La. Shortly after, the University relocated to its current home in Kansas City, Mo.

16) Additionally in 2005, Grantham was one of five universities selected to participate in the USALearn/GoLearn e-Learning initiative.

17) In 2007, Grantham was selected to participate in Air Force’s Air University Associate to Baccalaureate Cooperative Program (AU-ABC).

18) In 2008, GU became a member of NAIMES (National Association of Institutions for Military Education Services).

19) In 2012, Grantham awarded over $5.3 million in scholarships and grants.

20) In 2013, the University added seven new concentrations to the multidisciplinary studies degree program: human resource management; criminal justice; health systems management; accounting; business administration; business management; and computer science.

The Grantham Difference

21) GU is frequently ranked as a “Top 10” degree-granting institution for serving the unique academic needs of learners from the military community, including active duty, National Guard, Reserve, Ready Reserve and veterans.

22) All Grantham faculty are trained in military culture and adult learning strategies.

23) Grantham’s Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Cheryl Hayek, developed Swaddling Support Services®, which received the Innovative Best Practice/New Program from the Association of Private Sector College and Universities (APSCU).

24) Grantham University’s Mark Skousen School of Business received IACBE candidacy for accreditation.

25) GU’s staff is known as “Life Changers” because of the difference made in the lives of students throughout their time in school.

26) One third of Grantham University’s executive leadership are veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.

27) Each Grantham student has a student advisor (SA). The SA communicates regularly with the student to help them set goals, chart progress, and celebrate achievements.

28) The full-time faculty has grown exponentially this year to keep up with the growing student population. GU now has 39 full-time teachers in addition to the numerous adjunct faculty members.

29) Grantham has published eight e-Books and one whitepaper to offer support and guidance for students as they pursue their degree and career.

30) Currently, 683 employers use Grantham’s online job portal, Grantham Pathways, for recruiting.

31) Grantham launched the first-ever virtual chapter of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) KC.

Student Life

32) In February 2013, GU graduate Command Sergeant Major Susan Shoe became the first female appointed to the highest ranking non-commissioned officer in the South Dakota National Guard (SDNG).

33) Senior Chief Petty Officer Jeffrey Norris, Grantham University graduate, received a GREAT Award (Graduate Recognition for Excellence, Achievement, and Talent) from APSCU for his work establishing The Miracle League of Camden County in honor of his son who died from complications following a rare brain tumor.

34) In 2012, U.S. Army Maj. Jean M. Muderhwa, a researcher and Grantham graduate, presented at the Experimental Biology meeting on new potential vaccine carrier he developed that’s designed to extend the shelf life of and aid in the stockpiling of critical vaccines.

35) Grantham student Adam Lanthorn received the DLA Land and Maritime Leadership Development Association’s Mary L. Saunders Excellence in Leadership Scholarship.

36) In 2012, GU student Sergeant William Pagan was selected as one of the FBI’s “Wounded Warrior” interns.

37) GU graduate First Sergeant Louis Sidney received APSCU’s Hall of Fame Award in 2011.

Life Changers

38) GU instructor Stephen Shortland (USAF Retired), was the Air Force coach in the 2013 Armed Forces Softball Tournament.

39) One of America’s longest held prisoners of war, Everett Alvarez, Jr., (USN Retired), sits on the University’s Board of Governors. He recently accepted the National Guard Educational Foundation’s Legion de Lafayette medal on behalf of GU.

40) GU President, Joe McGrath, is a graduate of Harvard and USC.

41) Dr. Jeffrey Cropsey, vice president for strategic initiatives and external relations, served as co-chair of APSCU’s Blue Ribbon Task Force for Military and Veteran Education, which developed best practices for educational institutions serving military and veteran students.

42) Tom Macon, CEO of the University’s financial sponsor, GEC, received the W.E.B. DuBois Award at the 33rd Annual Blacks In Government (BIG) National Training Conference.

43) Dr. Hayek was named to the Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks' (JALN) advisory group for faculty satisfaction, development and support.

44) GU Faculty member Russ Meade received the Tegrity Grant from McGraw-Hill publishing company.

45) In 2013, Dr. Nancy Miller returned to serve as dean of GU’s College of Engineering and Computer Science .

46) Dr. Hayek and Jennifer Shreckengost, chair – faculty development and education training, presented at the 19th Annual Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning in Orlando, Fla.

47) Dr. Niccole Buckley, dean of Grantham University’s Mark Skousen School of Business, served as session chair for the International Academy of Business and Public Administration Disciplines (IABPAD) Fall Conference in Las Vegas, Nev. Additionally, Dr. Buckley led a presentation on “Perceptions by Employers of Military Members with Online Degrees.”

48) Dr. Mark Skousen, one of superscholar.org’s “20 Most Influential Living Economists” and honorary dean of GU’s School of Business, kicked off the Kauffman Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) at the Kansas City Central Library.

49) Chase Cookson, chair of Grantham’s Mark Skousen School of Business, served as session chair for the 2013 Academy of Management’s (AOM) Social Issues in Management (SIM) division.

Awards

50) In 2013, the Missouri Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) nominated Grantham for the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award and presented GU with the Missouri Outstanding Military Support Award.

51) GU has also received several other ESGR Awards, including: Pro Patria Award, Seven Seals Award and Above and Beyond Award.

52) In 2013, Grantham was recognized as a top military-friendly university for the seventh consecutive year by Military Advanced Education.

53) Grantham has been selected as a Military Friendly School by GI Jobs Magazine for five consecutive years.

54) GU is consistently ranked as a top school for military in Military Times, Military Times Edge, and U.S. Vets magazines.

55) Grantham received a $5,000.00 grant from the Aurora Foundation to develop a "Veterans in Transition" awareness program.

56) In 2007, GU received the Cornerstone Award from the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City in recognition of business expansion.

57) In 2006, the Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce recognized Grantham University for its contributions to the economic vitality and quality of life in the Kansas City Northland community.

58) Ingram’s Magazine named Grantham University the second top private college/university in the Missouri/Kansas area based on enrollment.

Grantham Gives Back

59) GU is dedicated to philanthropy through its Grantham Gives Back program, in which all University employees are encouraged to take a paid work day to volunteer in the Kansas City community.

60) Since 2009, a total of 241 Life Changers have participated in Grantham Gives Back.

61) Twenty-four organizations have been supported through Grantham Gives Back.

62) Grantham supports four charities annually: Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure (Silver Level Sponsor), Della Lamb’s Operation Thanksgiving, Heart of America Operation Stand Down, and Toys for Tots.

63) Additionally, in 2013 the University’s Life Changers selected another two charities to support: American Diabetes Association and Urban Farming Guys.

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Kansas City Business Journal Names Grantham a Top Area University

This is the second year that the University was listed as third largest based on Fall enrollments.  

Kansas City, Mo. — January 2, 2014 — Each year, the Kansas City Business Journal compiles its list of the Top Area Colleges and Universities. This is the second year that Grantham University was named as the third largest college in the Kansas City area based on fall enrollments.

“We are constantly trying to do right by our students, and the fact that we were named the third largest college or university in Kansas City shows that,” said Joseph McGrath, Grantham University’s president.

To compile this year’s list, institutions were asked to fill out a survey answering specific questions, one of which was if they were expecting to increase its staff size in the foreseeable future. Grantham University was one of the few that answered this question with a “yes,” due to its projected increase in student population.

Grantham University is one of the oldest accredited, private, degree-granting distance education universities in the United States. The University specializes in delivering flexible, affordable, accredited online degrees to working adult students around the world. To learn more about Grantham, go to: http://www.grantham.edu.

References:

http://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/
http://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/print-edition/2013/12/06/list-package-grantham-grows-by-doing.html

About Grantham University:

Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in accredited online degree programs. Grantham’s online undergraduate and graduate degree programs include: Accounting, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Medical Coding and Billing, Nursing, Human Resource Management and Business Intelligence. Accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education. The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

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New E-Book to Help Military Spouses Navigate Educational and Career Success

Grantham University’s latest publication provides information on continuing professional development and college courses even if the family is relocated across the world.

Kansas City, Mo. — December 19, 2013 — The life of a military spouse is unique. They are frequently asked to juggle family responsibilities and careers while the possibility of relocation looms overhead. Keeping these circumstances in mind, Grantham University has published a new e-book specifically for military spouses, The Military Spouse’s Guide to Education and Career Successes.

“When my husband was deployed, I had to wear the mom and the dad hat,” said Sheila Kennedy, a Grantham graduate who received her bachelor of science in business management. “After sitting in a classroom three days a week for a semester, I realized that this didn’t work with my life. I worked 10-hour days, and my children participated in activities. My time on campus wasn’t worth sacrificing their passions.”

A 2007 study by the National Military Family Association supports Kennedy’s feelings.  They surveyed nearly 8,000 military spouses who felt the same frustration of wanting to pursue their goals, but not having the ability to do so.

The MyCAA program through the Department of Defense has helped alleviate some of the financial roadblocks for military spouses looking to pursue their degree, but that’s only a partial solution. In The Military Spouse’s Guide to Education and Career Successes, readers will gain insight on how to:

  • Choose an upwardly mobile career that fits into the military family lifestyle
    Manage taking classes while still maintaining day-to-day activities
    Find scholarships that will help cover the cost of education

Grantham University is one of the oldest accredited, private, degree-granting distance education universities in the United States. The University specializes in delivering flexible, affordable, accredited online degrees to military service members, spouses, veterans and working adults around the world. To learn more about Grantham and its military spouse resources, go to: http://www.grantham.edu/military/educating-military-spouses/.    

References:

www.militaryfamily.org/assets/pdf/Spouse_Education_Report_FINAL.pdf

http://www.myarmyonesource.com/FamilyProgramsandServices/FamilyPrograms/SurvivorOutreachServices/MyCAAFactSheet.aspx

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rA3MenjUuPc   

About Grantham University:

Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in accredited online degree programs. Grantham’s online undergraduate and graduate degree programs include: Accounting, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Medical Coding and Billing, Nursing, Human Resource Management and Business Intelligence. Accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education. The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

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Military Advanced Education Names Grantham a Top Military-Friendly University

This is the seventh consecutive year Grantham has received this honor.  

Kansas City, Mo. — December 16, 2013 — Since its inception 62 years ago, Grantham University has always strived to help service members and veterans pursue and achieve their educational goals. For the seventh consecutive year, the University has been recognized for its efforts by Military Advanced Education (MAE) and named a top university in its “2014 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities.” This year, a record number of schools participated in the annual survey, which ranks schools in four key areas: military culture, support services, financial and flexibility.

“As a World War II veteran, Grantham’s founder understood the importance of service members pursuing their education in order to have a successful career beyond the military,” said Dr. Jeffrey Cropsey, vice president for strategic initiatives and external relations. “To this day, we continue to believe in the life changing power of education for the brave men and women serving in our country’s armed forces.”

In addition to offering scholarships for service members and veterans, Grantham has developed the award-winning Swaddling Support Services® (SSS®) model specifically to help nontraditional students thrive in the online learning environment. Through SSS®, students receive a variety of services including one-on-one support from a student advisor throughout the duration of the degree program to answer questions and provide motivation and encouragement. Additionally, all Grantham faculty are trained in military culture and adult learning strategies to ensure there is no disconnect between teacher and student.

Grantham University is one of the oldest accredited, private, degree-granting distance education universities in the United States. The University specializes in delivering flexible, affordable, accredited online degrees to military service members, veterans and working adults around the world. To learn more about Grantham and its military-specific resources, go to: http://www.grantham.edu/military/.  

 

References:

http://www.grantham.edu/about/student-resources/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEB50L4Il8Q&feature=c4-overview-vl&list=PL25BE346EB9C90DDF 

 

About Grantham University:

Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in accredited online degree programs. Grantham’s online undergraduate and graduate degree programs include: Accounting, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Medical Coding and Billing, Nursing, Human Resource Management and Business Intelligence. Accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education. The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

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Ingram’s Magazine Names Grantham Second Top Private College and University in Mo./Kan.

Rankings were based on undergraduate enrollment for Fall 2012; Grantham also named one of the largest private colleges and universities based on graduate school enrollment.

As a benefit for subscribers, each year Ingram’s Magazine compiles the Book of Leads & Lists. For the 2013 edition, Grantham University was amongst the leaders on the lists for “Top Private Colleges & Universities” and “Largest Private Colleges & Universities.” Based on undergraduate enrollments in Fall 2012, Grantham maintained second place on the former list. The University also moved up four positions from ninth to fifth based on graduate school enrollment for the latter.

“Our rankings on Ingram’s lists,” shared Dr. Cheryl Hayek, Grantham’s chief academic officer, “reflect that our students are our number one priority. The student population continues to grow because we provide top-notch learning environments, services and support systems.”

Grantham University is one of the oldest accredited, private, degree-granting distance education universities in the United States. The University specializes in delivering flexible, affordable, accredited online degrees to working adult students around the world. To learn more about Grantham, go to: http://www.grantham.edu.

About Grantham University:

Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in accredited online degree programs. Grantham’s online undergraduate and graduate degree programs include: Accounting, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Medical Coding and Billing, Nursing, Human Resource Management and Business Intelligence. Accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education. The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

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Grantham University Announces New Concentrations for Multidisciplinary Studies Program

Concentrations in human resource management, criminal justice, health systems management, accounting, business administration, business management and computer science

Grantham University announced that it has added seven new specialized concentrations to its bachelor of science in multidisciplinary studies. The concentrations provide students majoring in multidisciplinary studies with the opportunity to increase their knowledge and depth in a particular focus area: human resource management, criminal justice, health systems management, accounting, business administration, business management and computer science.

“The new program concentrations within multidisciplinary studies give students more choice and control over their education,” said Dr. Cheryl Hayek, chief academic officer at Grantham University. “An added benefit is students have the opportunity to tailor a degree to their career needs.” 

A part of the College of Arts and Sciences, the University’s multidisciplinary studies program is designed with a variety of open electives, enabling students to personalize their degree program and transfer in previous college credit. Open electives is an important part of this degree, and popular with adult students who typically have a large number of available transfer credits due to attendance at multiple universities before degree completion.   

Launching simultaneously with the new program concentrations is Grantham Foundations. Grantham Foundations provides students with greater flexibility and more choice in course selection during their first six terms. 

Flexibility and choice can only be successful if there is substantial support within the students’ first six terms.  The Foundations program was carefully designed with both built-in academic support in early courses as well as a well thought-out selection of which courses would be best for students to most successfully progress from term to term.  This course design and architectural flow of courses swaddle the students in support, part of the University’s Swaddling Support Services™ approach, through their first six terms at Grantham, better positioning them to persist towards their degree. 

“Research demonstrates that students who drop out tend to do so during the first year,” says Dr. Hayek. “By creating an intense network of both academic and emotional support through student advising, we are giving our students the foundation they need to succeed.”

To learn more about the University and its multidisciplinary studies program, go to: http://www.grantham.edu/online-degree/bachelor-of-science-multidisciplinary-studies/.

References:

http://youtu.be/LR0X7eiyd6o

http://blog.grantham.edu/electives-the-toppings-on-a-plain-ol-cheese-pizza-  

https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/majors/multi-interdisciplinary-studies-multi-interdisciplinary-studies-general


About Grantham University:
Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in online education. Grantham's courses are 100% online, allowing students to study at home, at work, on Temporary Duty or from almost anywhere in the world. Accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has compiled a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education. The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

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Seventh Year of GU’s Operation Thanksgiving Gathers Over 2300 Items for Della Lamb

Grantham University also raised over $250 for the charity, which provides low-income families with educational opportunities in addition to groceries during the holiday season

The giving nature of Kansas City was experienced first-hand by Grantham University in 2005 when they relocated to the greater metropolitan area from Katrina-ravaged Louisiana. For the seventh year, Grantham has given back to the community that has given them so much by hosting Operation Thanksgiving for Della Lamb.

This year, the University’s staff came together and collected over 2300 items to help some of Kansas City’s low-income families experience a warm meal this Thanksgiving. An extra $254 was raised through donations so Della Lamb could buy even more groceries for their cause.

“Kansas City is a unique place,” reflected Joe McGrath, Grantham’s president. “It’s not often you find yourself wait-listed to help the needy, but it happens often here. The city’s giving spirit constantly inspires our Grantham Gives Back initiative, and Della Lamb is an organization that’s close to our hearts.”

This year, more than 1500 families will have a Thanksgiving meal due in large part to Operation Thanksgiving and the generous donations of the Kansas City community. In addition to their seasonal efforts, Della Lamb strives to help families in their educational endeavors.

Grantham University is one of the oldest accredited, private, degree-granting distance education universities in the United States. The University specializes in delivering flexible, affordable, accredited online degrees to working adult students around the world. To learn more about Grantham, go to: http://www.grantham.edu.

References:

http://www.dellalamb.org/AboutUs.html
http://www.grantham.edu/giveback/
http://www.kshb.com/dpp/news/region_missouri/northland/grantham-university-has-special-interest-in-hurricane-issac

About Grantham University:

Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in accredited online degree programs. Grantham’s online undergraduate and graduate degree programs include: Accounting, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Medical Coding and Billing, Nursing, Human Resource Management and Business Intelligence. Accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education. The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

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Dr. Nancy Miller Returns as Grantham University’s Dean of the College of Engineering & Computer Science

An accomplished educator, Dr. Miller has ten years of leadership experience in three different countries.

Grantham University is proud to announce that their new dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science is a familiar face. Dr. Nancy Miller has returned to her previous position of dean.

“I’m thrilled to be back with the Grantham family,” Dr. Miller said. “I look forward to leading the bright and eager minds in the College, and to help the University continue to serve as a leader in the field of online education.”

Dr. Miller has ten years of leadership experience at the university level including: dean, chair and program director. Additionally, she has spent many years teaching both online and in traditional formats in three different countries. Outside of education, Dr. Miller formerly spent time as a civilian in an Air Force research laboratory where she worked in investigating telescope control and managing the design and implementation of systems for a large telescope in Hawaii.

Dr. Miller received her doctor of philosophy in electrical engineering with a specialty in control systems from the University of New Mexico. She also hold an MBA in finance, a master of science in applied physics, and a bachelor of science in engineering physics from Texas Tech University.

Grantham University has spent more than 60 years evolving its engineering and computer science degree programs. It features nine degree programs that include: information systems security, engineering management technology, and electronics engineering technology. To learn more about these degrees and others in the College of Engineering and Computer Science, visit: http://www.grantham.edu/colleges-and-schools/college-of-engineering-and-computer-science/.

References:

http://blog.grantham.edu/cracking-the-code-a-look-at-information-systems-security

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSYee2L9Atk&feature=share&list=PL_KsJnGkoAACBS9bjOVEUcumFTyB88VO1

http://www.grantham.edu/about/university-administration/university-faculty/

About Grantham University:

Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in online education. Its mission is to provide accessible, affordable, professionally relevant degree programs in a continuously changing global society. Grantham's courses are 100% online, allowing students to study at home, at work, on Temporary Duty or from almost anywhere in the world. Accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has compiled a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education. The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

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Grantham University to Present at 19th Annual Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning

Dr. Cheryl Hayek and Jennifer Shreckengost lead two presentations on best practices for online universities to utilize when working with full-time faculty and adjunct professors

Dr. Cheryl Hayek, chief academic officer, and Jennifer Shreckengost, chair – faculty development and education training, of Grantham University have been selected to present at the 19th Annual Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning in Orlando, Fl., on November 21 and 22.

“Online learning has started gaining momentum in the academic field,” said Shreckengost, “but there are still doubters and naysayers out there. By having the opportunity to present twice at the International Conference on Online Learning, we will be able to share Grantham’s successful best practices. Hopefully, we’ll help other schools who might not be as comfortable with the online learning environment.”

Their first presentation, “An Asynchronous Approach to Online Faculty Development” is a part of the poster sessions, which address a variety of topics online institutions – from elementary schools to universities – will face. The second presentation, “Proactively Guiding Instructor Performance Through the Use of Performance Dashboard and Real-time Data” is being featured as an information session.

This year’s Sloan Consortium conference in Orlando is projected to have over a thousand attendees, with similar numbers for virtual attendees. To follow the conference discussions on Twitter, follow @sloanc_aln and search #aln13.

Grantham University, a 62-year-old institution, specializes in delivering flexible, affordable, accredited online degrees to working adult students around the world. In 2011, the University received the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities’ Innovative Best Practice/New Program Award for its faculty training and student support programs. To learn more about the University, go to: http://www.grantham.edu.

References:

http://www.grantham.edu/about/university-administration/university-faculty/

http://sloanconsortium.org/conference/2013/aln/asynchronous-approach-online-faculty-development

http://sloanconsortium.org/conference/2013/aln/proactively-guiding-instructor-performance-through-use-performance-dashboard-and

About Grantham University:

Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in accredited online degree programs. Grantham’s online undergraduate and graduate degree programs include: Accounting, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Medical Coding and Billing, Nursing, Human Resource Management and Business Intelligence. Accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education. The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

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