Online Learning vs. Traditional Education: What’s Right for You?

Trident University LogoTrident University International (Trident), recognizing both the changing needs of its students and the employers that hire its graduates, is introducing its first new programs since 2011. Students can choose a path of either Bachelor’s or Master’s of Science in Leadership degree starting in this year’s summer session beginning on July 7th. Registration is open now.

These programs utilize the most current leadership theories and are taught using tried and true pedagogical methods. Students will have the opportunity to build on their current managerial skillset, as well as learn new theories and practical approaches. With a focus on the development of critical thinking skills, the tools provided to students in these degree programs will give them a professional edge, whether they are working their way up the corporate ladder or strengthening their resume as an active duty member of the U.S. Armed Forces.

“People ask “Are leaders born or made”? I’ve never met a “born” organizational leader who hasn’t gone through the life experience, studies, and work with others that it takes to make a leader.” Dr. Stefan Hanson, Program Director, B.S. in Leadership, Trident University

Roles requiring managerial leadership skills, which are currently in high demand, have grown at 4.5% over the past decade and are expected to generate an additional 410,000 jobs by 2020. Despite this, there are few options to meet that demand in the private online space. Several industry segments have the need for professionals who have mastered these skills, including management of companies and enterprises, professional scientific and technical services, computer systems design, and state and local governments at the national level.

The Bachelor’s or Master’s of Science in Leadership programs resulted from years of research, managed by Dr. Simcha Pollard, Dean, College of Business Administration and College of Information Systems. Approval from accrediting bodies, such as Western Association of Schools & Colleges (WASC), depended on many factors, including the employability of future graduates from these programs. Both programs received approval from WASC, the body that reaffirmed Trident’s accreditation in April 2013 for 7 years.

As Trident’s demographic diversifies, the university remains committed to student success through the development of degree programs that appeal to a diverse population while preparing these students for careers in the modern world. With the B.S. and M.S. in Leadership, current and future managers can hope to gain the skills necessary to handle growth, increase productivity, and manage conflicts in an ethical way in the modern professional environment. The B.S. in Leadership offers concentrations in Management, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Criminal Justice Administration.

About Trident University

Founded in 1998, Trident University International (Trident) is a leading online post-secondary university serving adult learners. Trident developed the Trident Learning Model, which employs case-based learning in an online setting to teach real-world relevant critical thinking skills to enhance student’s lives and careers. Trident offers high-quality bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs, led by a qualified faculty team, over 90% of whom have doctoral degrees. Visit, Trident’s Facebook page, or call at (800) 579-3197 to learn more about Trident’s wide range of program offerings.

These two blogs were originally posted to Trident University’s website.  Andy Vaughn, CEO & President of Trident University was a guest on College Smart Radio “Tackling the Runaway Costs of College” on May 24th, 2014.  Listen to this broadcast on YouTube here.

Non-Profit versus for-Profit Colleges: Which School Is the Best Choice for Your Educational Goals and Your Bank Account?

311178_10151094541082693_499512159_nSofia University President Dr. Neal King will discuss the highs and lows surrounding non-profit education. Sofia University is a proud non-profit, western accredited university located in the heart of the Silicon Valley. Dr. King will chat with Beatrice Schultz about the importance of keeping the student’s whole person education at the forefront of the curriculum.

There are many negative stereotypes associated with non-profit schools. They are typically seen as generous and caring organizations; however, they are also seen as incompetent and not financially sound. During this show Dr. Neal King will use Sofia University as an example of how a non-profit school runs successfully, highlighting the exceptional world renowned faculty and small but mighty corporate structure.

Dr. King is a psychologist by training who completed his graduate study at UC Berkeley. Prior to joining the Sofia community, he served as president of Antioch University in Los Angeles. With extensive experience as a psychologist in private practice in Northern California, Dr. King has served in a variety of faculty and administrative positions in non-profit, public and private, for-profit and state settings.

Throughout his career, Neal has championed a vision that emphasizes collaboration, transparency, academic quality, shared governance, and open communication with the campus community.

Dr. King currently serves as president of the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP), and was a member of IAUP’s delegation to the launch of the United Nations Academic Impact Initiative in NYC and to the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE 2010 & 2011) in Doha, Qatar. He was appointed as a commissioner on the IAUP/United Nations joint Commission on Disarmament Education, Conflict Resolution and Peace. Members consist of representatives from colleges and universities from around the globe.

Dr. King is also a founding member and steering committee member of LGBTQ Presidents in Higher Education, and he serves on the executive board of California Campus Compact.

Dr Neal King, President of Sofia University, was a guest on “College Smart Radio “Tackling the Runaway Costs of College” on November 30th, 2013.  Listen to this broadcast on YouTube here.

Photo Credit: Sofia University

The Way We Learn Now

Danny King and Alan Heppenstall, the founders of Accredible

Danny King and Alan Heppenstall, the founders of Accredible

Today, with the thousands of courses that students can take online, it’s hard to believe that 30 years ago, we didn’t even have the Internet. It’s exciting to think that you can literally learn anything you want now with a world-class education right at your fingertips. These expanded opportunities for learning inspired my co-founder Alan Heppenstall and me to create Accredible. Both of us knew that there were plenty of resources online for programmers to learn, but since the inception of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), the opportunities to learn about anything—from artificial intelligence to art history—are absolutely unparalleled. That’s exciting stuff!

What we’re trying to do with Accredible is revolutionize how people view and define what it means to be educated. Education is expanding beyond the classroom, so it only makes sense that our view of education expands as well. Degrees from traditional universities are incredibly valuable and won’t be replaced, but the systems we have to acknowledge learning—diplomas, degrees, certificates—don’t quite address an increasingly popular way of getting an education, one that millions of people are opting into: MOOCs.

With the rising cost of education, pursuing some combination of MOOCs or other skill-building platforms can help students gain credits to graduate early or simply gain much-needed skills for industries lacking talent. Unfortunately, with traditional CVs, there’s no place to list the coursework you complete through MOOC platforms like Udacity, Coursera, edX, NovoEd, FutureLearn and other amazing online learning platforms like Khan Academy, Saylor, Treehouse, along with so many others. On Accredible, you can create a knowledge profile and fill designated “slates” of your courses or skills with evidence of your learning.

And think about it—no one stops learning after getting a college degree! People need a way to document and validate their continuing learning journeys, and we’re paving that way with Accredible. We’re all about enabling people with intrinsic curiosity and passion to keep learning and actually be able to share their growth with the world. It’s hard to question the time invested and the depth of learning when the course notes, quizzes, projects, videos, and even pictures with classmates at meetups are right on the screen. Additionally, you can collect endorsements, which are like mini-recommendations, from professors and classmates to build even more credibility around a body or knowledge.

Along the way Alan and I have learned a lot about edtech and the other amazing heroes who have pioneered online and alternative education paths—we are so inspired by how they’ve opened the doors of education up for everyone! It’s been so rewarding to see so many people pursuing their learning and publishing their progress online—from passionate violinists to future entrepreneurs, Accredible users prove that education from all walks and paths is powerful, transformative, and inspiring.

Cheers, to always learning more!

Alan Heppenstall & Danny King, founders of Accredible, were guests on College Smart Radio “Tackling the Runaway Costs of College,” on August 16th, 2013.  Listen to this broadcast on YouTube here.