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Lifelong Learner Mickey Fitch-Collins Shares Doctoral Journey

A self-proclaimed lifelong learner, Mickey Fitch-Collins is a committed NCU doctoral student who currently is pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in Leadership in Higher Education. As the Assistant Director of the Educational Success Center for the University of Wisconsin-Superior, Mickey understands the importance of education and the hurdles students face.

How AI is Changing Cybersecurity

The future is here, but it may not be what we envisioned. The life-changing conveniences from Artificial Intelligence (AI) have arrived with some unexpected challenges. And, there’s confusion of what AI is and what it is not.

What is AI?

Artificial intelligence’s portrayal in entertainment has created confusion about what it really is. It’s a technology that allows machines to “learn” from experience or repeated patterns and adapt their actions based on the learning.

5 Teaching Styles Every Educator Should Know

It is widely known among digital marketers that attention is the currency of the internet, and Facebook and YouTube so far are winning the battle for attention. 

In the same vein, teachers know that attention in school children and various other types of learners is the gateway to learning and can directly impact not just students’ attainment of knowledge but their overall happiness as well.

Introduction to the NCU President’s Blog

Welcome to the Office of the President’s blog. As President of Northcentral University, I look forward to a robust and stimulating dialogue on the future of higher education, and how best to advance the Mission of NCU.

NCUOne: A Learning Management System that supports Teaching by Engagement

In 1989, when I first experienced teaching in an online format, I discovered the potential power of online learning, and the extreme limitations of our learning management system (LMS).  As one technology director stated, “It doesn’t do much, but it is reliable.”  Truthfully, the LMS was horrible, nothing more than horrid lecture notes, posted online, and email.

Effective Adult-Oriented Doctoral Education Model

The foundation of NCU’s education model is the one-to-one engagement between doctoral faculty and a graduate student. We believe how faculty-student engagement is structured makes a significant difference. Most theories of adult learning have, as one of their tenets, the concept of adults as independent learners. The Andragogy theory (Knowles) specifically references "self-direction.”  The Transformational Learning Theory (Mezirow) recognizes the independence of the learner, after a faculty member makes them “curious” about the course content.

Looking ahead: The Top 5 careers in 2025

With the U.S. economy finding stability after the Great Recession of 2009, job markets today are in a prime position to expand.

Degrees the Tech Field Needs Right Now

Technology is a growing field, with jobs in the computer and information technology occupations projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026. Salary news for these professions is just as rosy with the U.S.

3 Reasons Why Meditation Really Works

After spending all of your time buried in books or staring at a computer screen, you may feel the need to unwind and find some peace. Unfortunately, for many people, relaxation means watching T.V. or checking social media accounts, but the truth is that your mind is still being stimulated without having an opportunity to completely reset.

Take 5: A Moment with NCU Alumni,Bryant, PhD

Dr. Kyle L. Bryant, a 2017 Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing, is a Territory Sales Manager for PPG Industries. He has also been an adjunct professor at Baker College and Baker College Graduate Studies for eight years.

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