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What can you do with a human services degree?

If you’re passionate about helping others, earning a degree in human services can lead to a career in which you can make a positive difference in peoples’ lives, according to Stephen Sharp, PhD, associate dean of the University of Phoenix® College of Social Sciences and an instructor in the online psychology program....

Is learning cursive writing still necessary?

If you ask kids why a cursive “Q” looks like a “2,” or where exactly you start when writing a cursive “G,” they likely won’t be able to tell you. According to a 2013 article in USA Today, at least 41 states have dropped cursive writing from their curricula because Common Core State Standards don’t emphasize it....

How nurses can advocate for their patients

“Advocating for patients is within [nursing’s] mission,” according to Susan Perkins, MSN, a nurse practice consultant who teaches in the nursing program at the University of Phoenix® Main Campus. She stresses that nurses should ask patients open questions to help determine their specific needs, and then go to bat for them when necessary....

Why more women should consider science degrees

Despite the wealth of job opportunities for people with science degrees, there are still far fewer women pursuing science at the college level than men, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Although girls display just as much interest in the sciences in elementary, ...

How teachers can use social media in the classroom

If you’re a teacher, you’re likely always looking for ways to get your students excited about learning. One innovative method is through social media. But while some teachers already use Tweets, status updates and text messages in their lessons, you may be unsure how to employ these tools in an engaging way....

How to maximize the value of an MBA

If you’re looking to get a leg up on the competition, earning an MBA and adding it to your academic credentials can help push you into a higher income bracket: The median weekly income for people with a master’s degree is $234 higher than for those with a four-year degree, and the unemployment rate is a full percentage point lower, federal statistics show....

Why are superhero movies so popular?

Look, up on the screen! It’s a comedy, it’s a drama — no, it’s a superhero movie!

Men and women in costumes and masks are increasingly common in movies, as superhero films have exploded in popularity. Since 2000, when “X-Men” was ...

Top traits of a nurse leader

Nurse leaders work both behind the scenes and in the public arena to improve their profession, as well as health care in their communities. And not all nurse leaders necessarily occupy top executive positions, either.

“All nurses have a leadership role to play,” says Angie Strawn, MS, ...

How has life changed for black Americans?

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawed discrimination along racial, ethnic and religious lines, and crippled unfair voting registration mandates and racial segregation in schools and public places. Some historians consider it a key achievement of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights activists of the time....

What is forensic nursing?

Picture the scene of a crime. That single setting is filled with hundreds of small clues that must be pieced together to solve the case. When detectives are stumped, they can turn to forensic nurses for help.

A combination of caregiver and crime solver, forensic nurses play a critical ...

What is an environmentally sustainable business?

Today, an increasing number of companies use the words “green” or “environmentally sustainable” when describing their organizations, goods or services. But what exactly do those words mean?

“An environmentally sustainable business is one that considers the impact ...

How to teach your students to be better writers

Know the old saying that “good writers are born, not made”? In classrooms from kindergarten through senior high, instructors prove that’s not necessarily the case.

“Even if you’re not a born Hemingway, there are so many ways you can improve ...

Why donate blood?

January is National Blood Donor Month. You might want to consider making a New Year’s resolution to give blood.

“There are many reasons someone in your community may need a blood transfusion — cancer, complications from surgery or childbirth, bleeding ...

Are environmental toxins making people fat?

Wonder where those extra 5 pounds you can’t lose are coming from? Some scientists think environmental toxins might be part of the cause.

These toxins are non-natural, lab-produced chemicals — including pesticides, artificial sweeteners and plastics — found in an array of foods, cosmetics, ...

How to improve financial literacy in kids

You might not think a second-grade classroom would be the best place to teach money management. But that’s exactly where University of Phoenix doctoral student David Lockett is pioneering financial literacy for children.

Lockett’s home state of Tennessee launched a statewide initiative in 2010 to ...

What can an associate degree do for you?

Earning a college degree doesn’t have to take four years. You can finish an associate degree in as little as two years and gain the skills to help increase your job opportunities, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

How you can use an environmental science degree

If you’re fascinated by headlines about toxic oil spills and carbon emissions, you might be interested in pursuing a degree in environmental science, says Hildegarde Selig, PhD, an instructor in the environmental science program at the University of Phoenix Detroit Campus.

Can spiritual intelligence improve workplaces?

If you have ever dreaded going to work each day because you felt your job lacked meaning, you’re not alone. It’s a common sentiment in the business world, according to Nsombi Jaja, a management consultant and graduate of the University of Phoenix Doctor of Business Administration program.

What can you do with an English degree?

Prospective employees who hold English degrees are in demand in a growing number of businesses and occupations, according to a July article on recent hiring trends.

The study of literature and the nuances of the language help English majors ...

How to make the most of a psychology degree

A bachelor’s degree in psychology “is enormously adaptable,” and a good jumping-off point for a variety of jobs, says Sandra Moody, MS, area chair of psychology programs for the College of Social Sciences at the University of Phoenix Bay Area Campus. “It provides an enormous number of skills that are useful in different areas.”...

Why get a Bachelor of Science in Nursing?

Many registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical nurses (LPNs) don’t think they need a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. But while professional nursing regulations don’t usually require workers to have a BSN, the job market does, says Gemma O’Donnell, MS in nursing, who teaches in the LPN/LVN to BSN program at the University of Phoenix Main Campus....

How teachers can advocate for their students

Teaching doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Effective educators reach out to their peers when developing lesson plans to best serve their students.

“Teacher leaders … work with other teachers as they share some of the great things that are going on in their classrooms,” says Clara Taylor, Doctor of ...

5 advantages of an MBA

Learning how to create a detailed business plan is just one advantage of earning an MBA, according to Barbara Schifano, who holds a doctorate in education and teaches in the MBA program at the University of Phoenix Main Campus. Business school students, she says, also acquire a variety of skills that they can apply in a wealth of industries and a range of occupations....

What is a teacher leader?

Teacher mentors. Curriculum specialists. Staff development leaders. Instructional coaches. New ways to define teacher leaders seem to pop up faster than you can say “Mr. Kotter.”

Although the descriptors may be different, teacher leaders share a defining ...

Why study science?

If you enjoy investigating the natural world or doing experiments to solve problems, you might consider an education in the sciences.

“A degree in the sciences is a great basic foundation from which to do many exciting things,” says Hildegarde Selig, PhD, an instructor in the ...