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5 Negotiating Tips for Women to Move Ahead

10-06-2015 14:28

For fear of being labeled difficult, statistics show that women do not stand up for themselves and rarely negotiate for what they want in the workplace. In fact, men negotiate 57 percent of the time for matters such as higher pay, while women only do so 7 percent of the time, according to Linda Babcock, Professor of Economics at the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management of Carnegie Mellon University. Babcock recounts the study in her book Women Don’t Ask and admits that male MBAs receive considerably larger salaries than their female counterparts.

This seems to line up with the common belief that women make less than men do, even for the same jobs. More controversially, however, Professor Babcock asserts that the disparity is almost entirely due to the widespread unwillingness among women to negotiate. Babcock reports that when willingness to negotiate is factored in, “the difference disappeared.”

As interpreted by Susan Adams of Forbes Magazine, the first step in changing all of the above, per the work of Prof. Babcock, is to decide to defy their own expectations. In other words, women should choose to negotiate for what they want, as do the majority of men, and their outcomes will change. They must choose to break free from a self-fulfilling prophecy. The seven percent of women who already negotiate have experiences not dissimilar to that of men who negotiate.

So, despite the systemic inequities women face, there are five steps that they can take to move upward, to champion themselves and to increase their standing.

Defy Expectations: Follow These 5 Negotiating Tips

Women typically do not negotiate for fear of recriminations and fear of gaining a negative reputation on the job, according to Prof. Babcock. But, as Pynchon asserts, men share the same fears; not all overcome them, but 57 percent do, and the results pay big dividends for those who overcome that fear of creating a bad perception.

According to Prof. Babcock, women typically enter into negotiations less prepared than do men, and one of the key essentials to preparation is knowing what others at your level, with your resume, make in the market. If you do not know what the salary range and typical benefits are for your position, it will be hard to argue factually for what you want.

This tip is particularly important for women in negotiations. While men are generally able to boast of their competencies without creating a negative perception, for women, that approach can unfortunately yield an unwanted perception. So, as Prof. Babcock explains, instead frame your request communally, that is, from the perspective of how your competencies will benefit the organization. To paraphrase JFK, ask not what the company should do for you, but explain what you can do for the company – and ground it on your competencies while tying it to requests.

This tip is actually tied to tip#2 above. If the best people in your position earn $75,000 a year, but you are unaware and ask for $100,000? Then you will be deemed unreasonable and the negotiations will likely stop. And for that reason, it is wise, according to the Wall Street Cheat Sheet, to inquire what the range of salary is for the position. From a position of knowledge, you can then decide what your ask should be, based on what you can live with within a reasonable range – or whether their range is in line with what you know about the market.

Should you come to an impasse regarding the level of income you’ve requested, don’t overlook the value of other benefits, as points of negotiation. A good benefit package can actually exceed the value, in dollars and cents, of a higher salary. A better insurance package, more vacation time, virtual commutes, flex-time, company car, frequency of job review, and other perks can all have financial benefit without negatively impacting a department director’s budget.

In the end, remember that negotiations are not personal; it is just business. You do have the freedom to walk away if your requests are not satisfied, and it helps to have the attitude that there are other opportunities out there. And remember this as well: A woman is just as responsible for the outcomes she wants and the outcomes she can put up with as any man. But as they say, the only battles you won’t lose are the ones you are willing to win. That is true whether male or female.

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NCU Celebrates Customer Service Week

10-05-2015 16:32

In recognition of Customer Service Week, Northcentral University would like to introduce the individuals on our team who expertly serve our students.

Amethyst Dimaculangan, NCU Enrollment Advisor, believes that the best part of her job is advising students with the right options to help them achieve their academic goals and desires. “It’s also great knowing that you have helped impact somebody’s life in a positive way,” states Amethyst.

Courtney Sherrill, Senior Enrollment Specialist and Team Lead, has been with NCU for more than three years and in Customer Service for educational institutions for more than five years. Courtney’s main focus as an Enrollment Specialist is to do the right thing by every student, every time. “I also strive to be a good example to my team and help/teach them in any way I can,” says Courtney.

Her advice to anyone interested in working in this field includes having a great work ethic and to listen more than you speak. According to Courtney, “You can never go wrong if you always do the right thing.

“Treat your customer the way you want to be treated,” is the best advice that Katharine Gonzales, Academic Advisor, can give anyone interested in a Customer Service career. “The best skill to have is a smile and to remember to not take anything personal.”

“The advice that I would give to someone interested in working in academia is to ensure that you have a passion for higher learning and engaging with students to assist them with their journey,” suggests Kristin Sparbel, Academic Advisor.

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Celebrating World Teachers’ Day on October 5

10-05-2015 09:01

In many countries, Teachers' Day is a special day for the appreciation of teachers, and often includes celebrations to honor them for their special contributions.

Rebecca Wardlow, EdD and the Dean of Education at NCU said, “Teachers are the most influential factor on young students’ lives. Teachers are significant adults with whom students spend more time with during the year than any other adult.”

“Additionally, teachers shape the student’s attitude toward school, their careers and future. Being a positive influence in students’ lives is one of the reasons teachers love teaching,” Dr. Wardlow said.

World Teachers' Day, has been held annually on October 5th since 1994, to commemorate teachers’ organizations worldwide. Its aim is to mobilize support for teachers and to ensure that the needs of future generations will continue to be met by teachers.

According to UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Teachers' Day represents a significant token of the awareness, understanding and appreciation displayed for the vital contribution that teachers make to education and development.

More than100 countries observe World Teachers' Day. The efforts of Education International (EI) and its 401 member organizations have contributed to this widely spread recognition. Every year, EI launches a public awareness campaign to highlight the contributions of the teaching profession.

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Confessions of a Coffee Addict

09-28-2015 16:47







Today, September 29, is National Coffee Day.  


“You may be an NCU student coffee addict if....


  • You can't open your course or document without coffee in one hand
  • You can't address your professor’s comments without coffee

  • You climb over your partner in the morning to get that first cup of coffee

  • You find yourself out of coffee in the morning, and it's a national emergency! Etc. 


(Sorry I'm running out of creative juice now here. I need my afternoon coffee!)”


So says Cynthia Akagi, PhD, an NCU Graduate School Dissertation Chair. “I love and celebrate National Coffee Day yearly, treating myself to a special brew of my choosing that day.  


“Why, without coffee, it would be difficult for some to do their jobs. The medicinal properties of coffee are well known. My mandatory two cups of morning joe and afternoon iced coffee propel me into the work zone known as caffeine invigoration, propelling me to give substantive, detailed, feedback to my dissertation students to move them along to graduation.  


“In fact I extol the virtues of developing a healthy coffee habit to all my students.  Why I could never have completed my own dissertation if it weren't for my trusty Keurig.  And thank you world that there are like-minded professors conducting ongoing research on coffee sustainability so professors and students will always be able to enjoy our java.”  


A Few Grounds of Coffee History 

The earliest credible evidence of either coffee drinking or knowledge of the coffee tree appears in the middle of the 15th century in the SUFI monasteries around Mokha in Yemen.  It was here where coffee seeds were first roasted and brewed, similar to how it is prepared today.  Yemeni traders brought coffee back to their homeland from Ethiopia and began to cultivate the seed.  


In 1670, coffee seeds were smuggled out of the Middle East by Baba Budan, as he strapped seven coffee seeds onto his chest.  The first plants grown from these smuggled seeds were planted in Mysore.  It was then that coffee spread to Italy, to the rest of Europe, to Indonesia and to the Americas. 


In 1583, Leonhard Rauwolf, a German physician, gave this description of coffee after returning from a ten-year trip to the Near East:  


A beverage as black as ink, useful against numerous illnesses, particularly those of the stomach. Its consumers take it in the morning, quite frankly, in a porcelain cup that is passed around and from which each one drinks a cupful. It is composed of water and the fruit from a bush called bunnu.  


Did you know coffee is good for you? Find out the 18 reasons why here. And enjoy your coffee today!


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NCU Alum Named City of Fort Worth Police Chief

09-25-2015 16:21

We are proud to announce that Dr. Joel Fitzgerald, Sr. (PhD-BA, Public Administration, 2013), was selected from six finalists to serve as the police chief of Fort Worth, TX.

Fitzgerald has been the chief of police in Allentown, PA., since December 2013. Prior to that, he served as chief in Missouri City, TX, and with the Philadelphia Police Department. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA.

Learn more about Dr. Fitzgerald and his appointment as Fort Worth’s new top cop.

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Do You Know What It Takes To Be A Super Student?

09-25-2015 13:30


Today, September 25, is National Comic Book Day. When we think of comic books, we often think of superheroes.


First, here is some history about comic books. The first comic book appeared in the United States in 1933 and was a reprinting of earlier newspaper comic strips which had established many of the story-telling devices used in comics. The United States has produced the most titles in terms of quantity of titles. American comic books first gained popularity after the 1938 publication of Action Comics, which included the debut of the superhero Superman. This was followed by a superhero boom that lasted until the end of World War II. After the war, the comic book industry rapidly expanded, and genres such as funny animals, westerns, romance and humor became popular.


Hollywood has taken advantage of renewed interest of fictional characters over the past couple of decades by bringing “comic book” characters to the big screen in blockbuster movies. These movies often feature a super hero or a group of super heroes working together to bring about good for humankind.


Many of us know people in our own lives who are like superheroes (or super stars) for the good things they accomplish. Most of us would like to be seen as being super in our everyday lives, and by developing certain skills we can accomplish super things. 


Dr. Jennifer Duffy, Graduate School Dissertation Chair at NCU, said, “Students at NCU are multi-talented and combine their academic and professional expertise to become super stars in the classroom.  Given our one-to-one mentoring model, students who are self-disciplined and willing to learn have the skills necessary to be successful.  To be a super student, one must possess a variety of abilities.”


Dr. Duffy added, “Here’s a list of superpowers that our students possess:


  1. Self-starters – they are willing to take action and initiate contact with their mentors.
  2. Critical thinkers – they do not just memorize material, but they synthesize and analyze scholarship/literature.
  3. Independent learners – they take ‘ownership’ of their learning and take responsibility for their studies.
  4. Inquisitive – they seek their mentors when they need help/ask questions when they don’t understand.
  5. Eager – they show enthusiasm for new course material.”  

Now you can further your super skills and maybe someday your accomplishments will be featured in a blockbuster movie.


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What Makes a Woman Successful in Business?

09-22-2015 11:57

Today we celebrate American Business Women's Day to honor the contributions of women in the workforce. Since the first event was held in 1982, women have made great strides in many areas, however they still run behind when it comes to their paychecks.

Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that “for every dollar a man earned women took home 21 cents less, on average.” The encouraging news is that the gender wage gap narrowed to the lowest level on record last year.

So, how does a woman become successful in business? We talked with Judith A. Converso, PhD, Dissertation Chair of The Graduate School at Northcentral University, who has more than 30 years of experience in both academia and business roles.  

A quote from an area superintendent in a 60,000 students K-12 school district still resonates with Dr. Converso to this day. She was told, “You have leadership qualities and charisma. Just remember they will follow - so know where you are leading them.”

This superintendent continued and said, “You and I have this in common. Some may perceive us as pushy. I like to say we are more persistent ladies.”

According to Dr. Converso, “My key learning about women in business is their willingness and ability to understand systems theory and human performance technology (HPT).  Women must see the whole as the sum of the parts, and that people make the system function optimally.  So much is dependent on knowing the distinction between managing and leading.  Managing is reactive; leading is proactive.

“The key to an effective leader is understanding and demonstrating the knowledge and skills to lead change and, in many cases, creating change.  Knowing current trends and issues in the field/industry to move the organization to the cusp of transition/change is imperative.”

Best wishes to all the business women we honor today.


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Reading Improves Memory, Concentration and Stress

09-21-2015 13:54

If you are looking for ways to improve your memory and concentration and also relieve stress, reading will help. The brain-stimulating activities from reading have shown to slow down cognitive decline in old age with people who participated in more mentally stimulating activities over their lifetimes. It also has shown a slower rate of decline in memory and other mental capacities.

Dr. Wade Fish, Director at Northcentral University’s Graduate School, said, “Reading expands a person’s appreciation toward other life experiences the reader is not personally experiencing, especially when reading topics that are not related to that reader’s job or lifestyle.”

“I personally enjoy reading historical accounts. I recently read a book written by author David McCullough about the Wright Brothers and their work to bring about flight. Reading about it, makes me more curious about travel and how it has evolved. I also enjoy visiting places where historical events have occurred after reading about them and to ponder the challenges overcome and failures experienced before success was accomplished.”

Another NCU professor points out that reading is important to a child’s overall development. Dr. Jennifer Duffy, Graduate School Dissertation Chair at NCU, said “Reading is a fundamental skill needed to function in society. Words - spoken and written - are the building blocks by which a child’s mind grows. Reading is not only essential to a child’s verbal and cognitive development, but it also teaches the child to listen, develop new language, and communicate. Additionally, books open a child’s imagination into discovering his or her world,” according to Dr. Duffy.

Like Dr. Fish, Dr. Duffy also stresses the vitality of reading to children on a daily basis. She reads to her three young boys every night to stimulate their thoughts and awaken their intellect. Reading is also an excellent way to close the day as it both simultaneously relaxes and calms the busy mind.

The best advice is to turn off the television and other electronics and enjoy the relaxation of reading a good book whether for your own enjoyment or to help broaden your child’s imagination.

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Northcentral Graduate Wins Martial Arts Championship

09-17-2015 12:02

MiraCosta College instructor and Northcentral University graduate, Dr. Robert Fulbright, achieved his second Chun Kuk Do championship at July's World Championship presented by the United Fighting Arts Federation (UFAF) in Las Vegas. 


Fulbright is a seventh-degree black belt, the 1988 World Karate Champion and was on the 1992 Olympic Tae Kwon Do team. He holds a doctorate in educational technology management and online learning from Northcentral University. Learn more about his recent championship and lifelong journey in the martial arts.




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NCU Values Scholarship Recipient Pursues an MBA with Management Specialization

09-11-2015 09:14

Paul Phillips’, NCU Values Scholarship recipient, serves as vice president of service excellence for Asentinel, LLC. He says that professional career and community involvement have been the cornerstone for his success in developing strategies for several organizations and causes.

He has chosen to pursue an MBA with a management specialization because he is confident he will thrive in the self-driven, collaborative learning environment that NCU offers. As a lifelong learner, Paul is encouraged by the program’s opportunity to share and challenge ideas between student-and-professor.

Both an entrepreneur and corporate executive, Paul has achieved several professional certifications including The Enterprise Strategist: Aligning IT/Ops & Business Strategies from Penn State University’s Executive Program, Smeal College of Business, and an eBusiness Certification from the Gartner Group.

His extensive community involvement has allowed him to act as a mentor with Start Co., an organization helping startups on their journey toward success and as a board member of HopeWorks, Inc., a non-profit organization providing training and education for the extreme poor and ex-cons, enabling them to find and retain employment. Paul also founded the Networking Roundtable in 2001, which helps people in their job search by giving them the tools to build and expand their network.

Paul has two daughters; the oldest is a graduate of the University of Alabama with a BS degree in diet and nutrition and the other daughter is a junior at University of West Florida majoring in elementary education. He is blessed to share his life with a beautiful, intelligent and loving woman who supports him in all he does.

To learn more about Paul, follow his business blog on LinkedIn.

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Meet NCU Values Scholarship Recipient Bekah Esquivel

09-11-2015 08:55

Bekah Esquivel’s initial reaction to the announcement that she received an NCU Values Scholarship was, “stunned and couldn't wait to tell my children. They are my true inspiration in diversity and I want them to know they have the power to achieve anything they put their minds to.”

Bekah holds a BS degree in communications and is employed as a production training supervisor. Her goal is to obtain a Master of Education with a specialization in global training & development at NCU to learn how other cultures around the world educate their students. As an advocate of diversity not only in reference to race or demographics, but also diversity in every difference that brings us together and strengthens us, Bekah is encouraged by the opportunity to learn critical theories and practices that will allow her to build upon others’ diverse backgrounds to develop better training programs.

According to Bekah, “A scholarship from Northcentral will enable me to leave a lasting impression on diversity and show my differences are my strengths.” She is focused on her personal growth in the education field and the ability to ensure the growth in others.

Bekah’s educational pursuits are supported by her husband Rico, her children Ricky, Bekah and Alyssa and parents Dean and Carla.

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NCU Values Scholarship Recipient Pursues a Doctor of Philosophy in Education

09-10-2015 10:43

Catherine Vigue, NCU Values Scholarship recipient pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Education, has had many lives. She served twenty-two years in the Air Force Reserve retiring as a Master Sergeant and fifteen years in healthcare as a certified surgical technologist. For the past five years, she has made the transition into the educational field of English as a Second Language (ESL).

A common theme throughout her career path has been to make a positive influence on people’s lives and working alongside eight Fulbright scholars opened up a doorway to embrace international students and English language learners. Because the ESL field is quite young as social sciences go, Catherine’s goal is to research fresh ideas that will spark future exploration in this area of education.

Catherine holds a Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Salem State University, Salem, MA. She has written two papers; “The Impact of Bilingual Dictionaries/Glossaries on Standardized Assessments” - an action research project in an eighth-grade Sheltered English Instruction (SEI) classroom. The additional paper, “Examination of Compliment Speech Act Responses from Chinese University Students across Language Proficiency Levels” was part of her master’s thesis to determine if native Chinese speakers, while attending university in the United States, change their method of compliment responses in their new environment and, if so, is their language proficiency the defining factor.

A large family consisting of three children, two grandchildren, three brothers and her parents are Catherine’s biggest supporters in her educational journey.

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NCU Values Scholarship Winner Pursues Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy

09-09-2015 19:33

Motivated by a lifelong passion for serving underserved populations, NCU Values Scholarship recipient Anna Navarro-Williams holds a variety of degrees in Sociology, Criminal Justice and Educational Psychology and Methodology. Seeking a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy at NCU, Anna believes this will be a natural part of the continuum she has journeyed on to work alongside people in a more therapeutic and clinical way to help them navigate through challenges in the context of their group or family and with additional challenges that culturally-related variables may pose.    

Anna’s goal for her graduate studies will be to share and receive new ideas in what promises to be an environment rich on diversity of thought and ideas in addition to becoming more culturallyinformed. As a native Spanish speaking professional, this partnership will prepare her to formally reach out to individuals and families who are underrepresented in mental health care, particularly Spanish speaking people and address shortages of bilingual/bicultural mental health professionals. 


A Mental Health Consultant at Southwest Human Development in Phoenix, Arizona, Anna holds a Master of Art in Criminal Justice and a Master of Science in Educational Psychology and Methodology both from School of Education at State University of New York at Albany.  


Her support team includes her husband Leon, three sons, a grandson and very proud parents, Ana and Manuel, who were former educators in their native country in Columbia.



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Values Scholarship Recipient Corey Cole

09-09-2015 15:23

Corey Cole, a Values Scholarship recipient, credits his mentor, Dr. David Hemley, in continuing his education. Corey is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration with a specialization in Financial Management at NCU. He received both his Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration from Eastern New Mexico and is currently an Instructor of Information Systems at his alma mater.

As the lead author, co-written with two of his colleagues, his paper “Does Capital Structure Impact Firm Performance: An Empirical Study of Three U.S. Sectors”, was presented at the MBAA International Conference in Chicago. The paper is scheduled to be published in the last 2015 issue of the Journal of Accounting and Finance. He continues to work on additional research papers in the field of finance, that he hopes to finish by the end of the year.

By completing his program, Corey plans to examine existing financial theories and common problems associated with Finance and attempt to solve them in new innovative ways. He is most passionate about corporate and personal finance with the goal of becoming an expert in these subfields and continue to give back to the finance community, as well as maximize the potential of his students, who are essentially the innovators of the future.

Corey’s parents and sister live in his hometown of Glendale, Arizona. He is married with no children, but does have a dog that he likes to consider his child.

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Values Scholarship Recipient Arlene Perry

09-09-2015 10:54

Pursuing her PhD in Psychology, with a focus in Health Psychology, is a natural next step for NCU Values Scholarship winner Arlene Perry, a Certified Health Coach (CHC) and a member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP). The owner of Healthy Life Denver, and a member of Integrative Medicine of Cherry Creek, Arlene’s goal is to better equip her clients to battle the effects of obesity, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol that are often the result of a poor diet compounded by a sedentary and stress-ridden lifestyle.

Arlene holds a Master of Arts degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University (Madison, NJ) in Corporate Counseling. By achieving a PhD in Health Psychology, she believes the additional knowledge, skills and credentials will transform her into a more effective health coach and make a difference in her community. Not only will the health psychology teachings and research component provide her with many more tools, but it will also allow Arlene the opportunity to speak at large forums and teach at the university-level to help effect this much needed change in healthy living.

Arlene is married, has two adult children and a Yorkie named Pebbles. Her entire family works in the healthcare field with her husband, Mike, as a DVM, PhD, working in the pharmaceutical industry in cell and gene therapy. Her son, Rob, is an MD working on his PhD in healthcare outcomes and her daughter, Jen, an LCSW, working as a therapist with psychiatric patients.

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Meet Values Scholarship Winner Larissa Martin

09-09-2015 10:36

Larissa Martin, an NCU Values Scholarship recipient, credits both her paternal grandmother Velma and her mother Penny as the biggest influences in continuing her education. Larissa’s mother suffered from significant brain trauma due to an accident when Larissa was a young child. Her mother surpassed many milestones she was told she would never reach. Larissa’s grandmother was a full-time nursing student, full-time worker and raised two sons on her own. Their motivation for a better life are the inspiration for Larissa to succeed and achieve her academic goals.

An Addiction Therapist for Williamsport Family Medical Center (WFMC) in Williamsport, PA, Larissa volunteers for the YWCA as a victim/trauma counselor and advocate.

She is also an advocate for stronger community ties for addiction treatment programs since the social stigma associated with being an addict makes it difficult for them to receive proper treatment. By pursuing a Master of Arts in Psychology at NCU, and through her work with WFMC, her goal is to engage the local community and develop awareness and promote education of the disease concept of addiction to not necessarily gain empathy but an understanding for the addicts they treat.

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Values Scholarship Recipient Nicole Hutchinson

09-08-2015 16:03

Nicole Hutchinson is one of eight recipients of the Northcentral University Values Scholarship which was announced on September 4th. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) practicing in Brooklyn, NY, and is currently pursuing her Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy at NCU with a specialization in Child and Adolescent Therapy.

Ms. Hutchinson is currently employed by Community Counseling and Mediation, a not-for-profit agency as a Clinical Supervisor for the Therapist team in the Functional Family Therapy-Child Welfare program (FFT-CW). She has recently started a part-time private practice and tutors four children in ELA and/or Math in grades K-9.

Ms. Hutchinson’s essay, Middle School Students: A Therapeutic Bid to Decrease Truancy, focused on the NCU Core Value of Innovation. The essay addresses her mission to reduce the percentage of children classified as Truant who inherently drop out of school, join gangs, or engage in violent behaviors. She is pursuing her doctoral degree from Northcentral to provide her with in-depth knowledge for addressing the needs of children and families in her community.

The knowledge she will obtain in the NCU doctoral degree program aligns with her goals to gain expert skills to research the target population of children in her community, be innovative, and implement an effective intervention for dealing with the issues they face.

One of three children, Nicole is the daughter of Ventrona Hutchinson (deceased) and Carl Hutchinson.

Watch this video of Nicole at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists annual conference when she learned of winning the scholarship.

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Do You Have The Six Traits of a Good Boss?

09-04-2015 10:38

It seems appropriate that today, on “National Hug Your Boss Day,” to take a moment to assess our “boss” qualities.

September 4th was designated as National Hug Your Boss Day by a career site company in 2008 to promote healthy working relationships between bosses and those who work for and with them.

We sought out Dr. Jennifer Scott, of Northcentral University’s School of Business and Technology Management, due to her expertise in organizational behavior, change, leadership, culture and management. We asked her to share her thoughts on the characteristics of a good boss.

According to Dr. Scott, a good boss displays the following six traits:

  1. Is able to keep his or her emotions in check, and remains calm and considerate when managing situations that need to be addressed or discussed.
  2. Is an effective communicator and an attentive listener. They can focus on the discussion taking place and aren’t distracted by checking email, text messages or other activity in the workplace when talking to an employee.
  3. Knows he or she does not have all the answers and seeks out qualified people as team members. No one is expected to know everything. That is why bosses have employees to help get the work done.
  4. Is a participative leader, but can make decisions based on fact. By receiving input from employees, bosses are more likely to use good judgment by using these facts when making decisions.
  5. Is candid and sincere, even when there is bad news to deliver. Being a boss doesn’t always mean the news to share will be good news. Employees deserve and expect honest sharing of information they need to know.
  6. Has high morals and integrity, is honest, responsible and trustworthy. These traits are important not only for bosses, but also for all employees in any work group.

How did you do in evaluating your boss skills? And, how about your own boss? If he or she displays the above traits, then you may want to show a boss your appreciation today. Tell him or her first that it is “National Hug Your Boss Day” and then give them an embrace and tell them why you enjoy working with them.

If you happen to work remotely, then your hug may need to be a “virtual” one by calling your boss or sending a note of appreciation to him or her.


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NCU Values Scholarship Winners Announced

09-04-2015 09:48

Northcentral University is pleased to announce the eight recipients of an NCU Values Scholarship! These selected scholars’ essays on NCU’s Core Values scored the highest by the university’s scholarship selection committee.   

The NCU Values Scholarship recipients by School and degree are: 


School of Business and Technology Management:

  • Master of Business Administration: Paul Phillips, of Germantown, TN
  • PhD in Business Administration: Corey Cole, of Portales, NM 


School of Education:

  • Master of Education: Bekah Esquivel, of Mesa, AZ
  • PhD in Education: Catherine Vigue, of Lynn, MA 


School of Marriage and Family Therapy:

  • Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy: Anna Navarro-Williams, of Surprise, AZ
  • PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy: Nicole Hutchinson, of Brooklyn, NY


School of Psychology:

  • Master of Arts in Psychology:Larissa Martin, of Montgomery, PA
  • PhD in Psychology: Arlene Perry, of Denver, CO  

Congratulations to all the NCU Values Scholarship recipients. Each winner will receive a full-tuition scholarship in the degree program they are pursuing. 

We wish all the applicants well in pursuing your dreams of a higher degree with Northcentral University and are honored to partner with you on your educational journey.  And don’t lose heart. Look for news of another great opportunity in the near future – one conceived with trailblazers like you in mind!


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NCU Heads to Austin for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) conference on Sept. 3-6

09-03-2015 10:12

 To support professionals in the field of marriage and family therapy, Northcentral is participating in the annual American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) conference from September 3-6 at the J.W. Marriott in Austin, Texas.

As a platinum sponsor of this year’s event, NCU is looking forward to sharing with attendees our regionally accredited online MA and PhD Marriage and Family Therapy degree programs. NCU now offers the first distance-based MAMFT program, plus the first and only distance-based PhD in MFT accredited by COAMFTE.

AAMFT leads the way to increasing understanding, research and education in the field of marriage and family therapy, ensuring that the public's needs are met by trained practitioners. Many NCU students and graduates are members of AAMFT and find that the tools and resources they provide allow them to succeed as marriage and family therapists. 

Visit us at Booth #33 in the Exhibit Hall to learn how you can achieve a higher degree. Tell us that you heard about our participation in this conference through social media and receive a FREE official conference tote bag! 

To see photos from our booth and our adventures in the Live Music Capital of the World, follow us on Twitter @NorthcentralU.


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