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How to Choose the Right College or University

choosing-right-online-schoolBy Ryan Laspina
Senior Specialist, Red Flags and External Reviews at APUS

Deciding that you want to attend college is one of the biggest decisions you’ll face in your adult life. And once you’ve decided to go to college, you have to make another huge decision: Which college or university will you attend?

There are thousands of colleges and universities in the United States. Picking the school that is right for you is no easy task and feels overwhelming.

How do you start the decision-making process? Here are some different factors to think about when you’re determining which college or university to attend.

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Student Profile: How One Graduate Puts His Security Education to Work

American Military University Alumnus, Joseph W. Kripp

American Military University Alumnus, Joseph W. Kripp

Interview with AMU Alumnus, Joseph W. Kripp

The following profile is the ninth in a series of student profiles of our students and alumni at the university.

Job title: Director of Safety, Security and Transportation, University of St. Francis, Joliet, Illinois

Degree earned: M.A. Security Management, 2013, American Military University

What have you been doing since earning your M.A. in Security Management at AMU?

I received my master’s degree in 2013 as I prepared for my transition from a public sector career in law enforcement to private sector security management. I retired in 2013 as a Supervisory Special Agent in the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) after 24 years of service and 11 years as a police officer in a metropolitan police department in the greater Chicago area.

I began working for American Military University as a consultant on the private sector security initiative team. Later, the University of St. Francis hired me as the Director of Safety, Security and Transportation. I’ve been there since then.

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How Well Do You Know Your University?

AMU students, alumni, and ambassadors at the APUS Veterans Center Opening on April 29, 2016.

AMU students, alumni and ambassadors at the APUS Veterans Center opening on April 29, 2016.

By Guy Williams
Alumnus and Ambassador, American Public University System

How many of you think you understand the breadth and scope of our school? As an alumnus and ambassador for American Public University System (APUS), I believed I enjoyed a better-than-average understanding of APUS.

After I attended the grand opening of the APUS Veterans Center in Charles Town, West Virginia, however, I quickly realized how much our school grew in the past five years. The APUS campus in Charles Town gets bigger each year. APUS owns 14 buildings in Charles Town and also has facilities in Manassas, Virginia. It’s apparent that APUS has been a welcome addition because of their dedication to restoring historic structures and being a part of such a remarkable small community.

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At Virginia Home of President Monroe, a Sizable Revision of History

President-James-MonroeBy T. Rees Shapiro
The Washington Post

For decades, tourists have visited the historic home of James Monroe outside of Charlottesville, Va., and have encountered the quaint — if not underwhelming — residence of the nation’s fifth president.

Situated in the Blue Ridge, the plantation known as Highland, where Monroe lived from 1799 to 1823, has stood in contrast to another presidential estate on the outskirts of Charlottesville — Monticello, the palatial manse of President Thomas Jefferson.

A 1985 Washington Post article aptly opined that Monroe’s home “bears about the relation to Jefferson’s mansion as does a cottage to a country club.” Monroe himself even described his humble abode as a “cabin castle,” and historians interpreted his modesty as a latent expression of his roots as the son of a wood craftsman.

But an archaeological discovery on the property is rewriting the legacy of Monroe and the place he called home.

It turns out that the home preserved on the estate — and marketed for years as the residence where the president laid his head — is in fact a guest quarters. Instead, an archaeological dig on the grounds has revealed a sizable home more than twice the size of the small cottage.

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How To Land a Job Before Graduation

job-before-graduationBy William Arruda

According to the New York Federal Reserve, 86% of students choose to go to college to improve their job prospects, but 44% of graduates are underemployed. And student debt makes the need to get a job upon graduation even more important. According to Student Loan Hero, Americans owe nearly $1.3 trillion in student loan debt, spread out among about 43 million borrowers. The average 2015 graduate had over $35,000 in student debt. That puts a lot of pressure on students in their final year of school. And the pressure mounts as graduation day approaches. Here are some activities that will help you land that ideal job faster. In fact, if you take action before graduation, you’ll be ahead of the pack. Students who wait until June to start applying face more competition from all the other May grads.

1. Get clear on your goals. Don’t seek a job, pursue the right job for you. If you aren’t focused and clear, you will seem almost good enough for a lot of potential roles but perfect for none. Although it seems counterintuitive, the more you focus, the more opportunities you will have and the easier it will be to search for and find that perfect gig. Put strategy before action! Continue Reading

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Student Profile: Preserving the Environment One Park at a Time

American Public University Alumna, Heather Groen

American Public University Alumna, Heather Groen

Interview with APU Alumna, Heather Groen

The following profile is the eighth in a series of student profiles of our students and alumni at the university.

Job title: Biological Science Technician, National Park Service

Degree earned: M.S. Environmental Policy and Management, 2012, American Public University

What have you been up to since earning your degree at APU?

Receiving my master’s degree from APU was a pinnacle in my life. This degree enabled me to work for several land management agencies, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service. To assist the USFWS motto in conservation management, I served at the USFWS National Conservation Training Center as a training technician and delivered content on resource management, sustainability and conservation. From there, I began working for the state side of fish and wildlife management for the Management Assistance Team in Shepherdstown, WV.

Presently, I am a park ranger working for the National Park Service as a Biological Science Technician. The knowledge and resources I obtained from earning my degree at APU gave me the ability to work for land management agencies and focus on resource management and conservation in a field I am passionate about.

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STEMulating Women’s Interest in the STEM Field

Female-Engineer-wSTEM-APUBy Melanie Dougherty
Academic Advisor at American Public University

Once they enroll in college, approximately 29 percent of all male freshmen plan to major in a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) field, and only 15 percent of female freshmen plan to major in the same field. At the end of their four-year program, only 20 percent of women earn a bachelor’s degree in physics, engineering, or computer science (Hill, Corbett, & St. Rose, 2010).

At APU, we offer a variety of STEM programs, including environmental science, information technology, mathematics, natural sciences, and electrical engineering. These programs interest both men and women alike.

We take into consideration that women are underrepresented in the STEM field and have explored different avenues to support women and keep women interested in STEM. What are we doing to help stemulate women’s interest in the STEM field?  We have two major areas of accomplishment: student involvement and role models.

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Why Taking Courses in the Right Order Matters

course-order-importanceBy Erin Kelley-Bannister
Academic Advisor at American Public University

One of the first bits of information you receive from the university is the course progression for your program. Taking courses in the recommended order helps you build a strong academic foundation, so you progress through your program with the academic knowledge you need to succeed in your classes.

Why Foundations of Online Learning Should Be Your First Course

The reason COLL100 (Foundations of Online Learning) is recommended first is because it provides necessary information about how to interact and succeed in our online environment. You’re introduced to the classroom, library, and other basic university information that you’ll need to know as a university student.

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