Season of Thanks

The Meaning of Thanksgiving

As a child, Thanksgiving meant a long weekend and time off from school; a big family dinner and many other extras — the house smelled like nutmeg and cinnamon all week; time to play and be with all of my cousins, aunts, and uncles as our house was “holiday central” (my grandmother lived with us); football games and the Macy’s day parade; and preparing for Christmas by putting up the decorative outdoor lights.

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Online Learning Consortium Leadership Network: Advancing Outcomes Through Collaboration

In keeping with my leadership theme this week, I wanted to share some noteworthy takeaways from this week’s Online Learning Consortium (OLC) annual meeting. In an invitation-only session on Wednesday, I joined several other senior online leaders in exploring common issues and topics we face on our campuses, in our institutions and in our nation.

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Leadership Strategy

A Look Ahead

Strategic focus and savvy time management are key leadership success criteria. Over the next several months, through the first quarter of 2017, we will be focused on several critical supporting priorities for APUS, including the topic of today’s post, leadership onboarding and development, along with leadership “Listen and Learn” and strategic planning.  Other key institutional priorities such as curriculum quality, teaching excellence and strategic enrollment and relationship management will be addressed in future posts.

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Kevin Taylor

Aligning Retention with Learning and Career Outcomes

Recently, I was privileged to attend an APUS-sponsored “Persistence and Resistance Roundtable,” hosted by Dr. Gwen Hall. Both full- and part-time instructors, current students and alumni offered their perspective on what is needed to ensure the students’ experience is not only enjoyable and fulfilling, but one that ensures that their educational and professional goals are fulfilled. Although several suggestions and proposals were offered, a few seemed more prevalent than others.

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