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NCU’s Research Team Awarded Best Paper at 2015 Distance Learning Administration Conference

As a graduate and research focused institution, Northcentral University’s academic leadership, faculty and team members actively pursue opportunities to contribute to the betterment of online graduate education.

3 Things I Learned from My Dad

Not every child is lucky enough to have the kind of father that I do. The kind that leads by example in everything he does, instills in you a sense of pride through his work ethic and dedication to his family, chases you up the stairs pretending he’s a monster until you’re far too old to believe it, and walks you down the aisle with pride. I get it – I’m lucky.

Northcentral University Visits Universidad de la Habana

Northcentral University doctoral students of all disciplines were recently presented with the opportunity to visit Cuba's Universidad de la Habana. During their visit, students participated in field placements to learn about Cuban education, applied and research psychology and marriage and family therapy, and emerging business opportunities. The following is a short, visual representation of their time spent impacting the local community.

5 Common Core Resources for Parents

Are you struggling to understand how Common Core State Standards (CCSS) have changed your child’s classroom, homework and overall educational experience? You’re not alone. As states choose to adopt these standards, it’s not just the teachers and students that have been forced to make adjustments, it’s parents like you, too.

5 Tips on Coping with Addiction in Your Family

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the drug overdose death rate has more than doubled from 1999 through 2013. However, what may be even more alarming is that this statistic probably won’t surprise the millions of family members and friends of addicts throughout the United States.

10 Tips for Effective Communication in Relationships

Are you having trouble finding ways to effectively communicate in your relationships? Don't worry, you're not alone. Many couples, families, coworkers, and even friends struggle with finding the right way to express their feelings in a positive, productive manner.

How Does Self-Image Impact Employee Performance?

For many professionals, achievement in the workplace serves as the ultimate self-esteem booster. Called out for a job well-done by your leader? Big boost. Got a promotion? Even bigger boost. And with each small accomplishment comes a small amount of satisfaction in knowing that we're making progress toward the pinnacle of our professional lives. After all, history tells us – our positive, healthy self-image coupled with a hard work ethic can lead to more job satisfaction, which in turn leads to success both inside and outside of the office.

Three New Post-Master's Certificates Now Available at NCU

NCU School of PsychologyNorthcentral University's School of Psychology introduced three new post-master's certificates, designed specifically for professionals in psychology who are interested in further enhancing their skill sets to include new needs in the fields of mental and behavioral health.

New concentrations offered include:

Geropsychology and Elder Care

How to Decide Between a PhD and Professional Doctorate

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) v. Professional Doctorate

For aspiring doctoral students, the first decision you make will prove to be one of the most important. When it comes to choosing the best doctorate program for you, how do you decide between a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and a Professional Doctorate?

The Impact of Transactional Distance in Online Courses

An online student completes her assignment.Have you ever heard of transactional distance theory? When I recently read the latest issue of the Journal of Online Doctoral Education, I came across an article by Stephen L. Benton, Ph.D., San Li, M.A., and Ron Brown, M.A. titled, “Transactional Distance in Online Graduate Courses at Doctoral Institutions."