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Make Personal Development Your Goal

We asked participants the 2014 Forbes Women’s Summit their thoughts on personal development. Watch the full video here!

October Is Disability Employment Awareness Month

In recognition of Disability Employment Awareness Month, I had the opportunity to speak with Michael Andreasen, a Financial Services Advisor at Ashford University, […]

Make Personal Development Your Goal

We asked participants the 2014 Forbes Women’s Summit (sponsored by Ashford University) their thoughts on personal development. Speakers included TV personality Deborah Norville […]

Have a Life While Going to School

Busy schedules make it hard for Americans to add more activities to their days. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the average worker […]

How to Size up College Faculty

When it comes time to choose the right college for you, make sure you check out the university’s teaching staff. Look for tenured […]

Confidence and Courage in Business

Many small business owners freeze up when it’s time to go to networking events, make cold calls, or pitch their business to investors. […]

Think You’re Too Old to Go Back to College? Think Again.

Retirement doesn’t have to mean sitting at home or gardening in the backyard. For some people, that could get boring fast. The average […]

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  • Words of Advice for Graduates One of my favorite times of the year is commencement. I always enjoy seeing students walk across the stage to celebrate their achievement. When students get close to graduation, you can sense their en. . . March 10, 2014
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  • Choose a Relevant Degree Business, English, Law – these are perennial subjects for degree programs, and they’ve stood the test of time. When students enroll in these programs, they already have some idea of what they’ll stu. . . February 5, 2014
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  • College Credit for Your Military Training Did you know that beyond military benefits, you could also earn transfer credits through your military training? Transferring credits lets you get the […]January 28, 2014
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  • Thinking About Things That Think The Internet of Things is Upon Us! You can’t escape the Internet, it’s everywhere. For years, the Internet has provided people increased access […]April 28, 2014
  • Online Learning in Real Time Over the last decade or so, most online learning has been “asynchronous” by design. That is, students and facilitators may participate at different […]February 18, 2014
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  • A Tech Desk for the Online Student Have you ever gotten sick of sitting at a desk while working or studying? Do you ever wish that your work desk could […]November 27, 2013
  • 3D Animation: The Future of University Lectures Many college students started learning from chalkboards and overhead projectors. If they were lucky their instructors moved on to PowerPoint presentations, but only […]November 5, 2013
  • Shaping Your Online Student Persona Most universities give their students an email address, a student ID, and some social media spaces to share with other students and faculty. […]October 25, 2013
  • Is Bing for Schools Better for Students? Bing, the second biggest search engine behind Google, is offering a new search option to help K-12 students study. But will Bing for […]October 23, 2013
  • Interactive Whiteboards Bring Online Learning to Life A British company called SMART has released an interactive whiteboard that has the potential to transform the classroom. The SMART BoardTM is an […]September 18, 2013
  • October Is Disability Employment Awareness Month In recognition of Disability Employment Awareness Month, I had the opportunity to speak with Michael Andreasen, a Financial Services Advisor at Ashford University, […]October 1, 2014
  • How Women Entrepreneurs Build Confidence In May, women leaders from around the world gathered in New York City for the Forbes Women’s Summit (sponsored by Ashford University) to […]September 15, 2014
  • September is Hispanic-American Heritage Month Javier Carrillo Cortez is an Intake Specialist the Office of Student Access and Wellness at Ashford University. While I have the pleasure of […]September 2, 2014
  • Motivation: an Interview with Dr. Emad Rahim I recently had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Emad Rahim, a genocide survivor with an amazing story about motivation. Between 1975 and 1979, […]August 22, 2014
  • Three Unique Creative Writing Residencies While some writers are able to carve out a couple hours every morning or others look forward to late nights to pore over […]August 4, 2014
  • Women’s Equality Day Every year on August 26, the anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment, our country recognizes Women’s Equality Day. This year, I […]August 1, 2014
  • Community Service Ideas Keeping up with national and international politics is good, but it’s just as important to focus on the news closer to home. Every […]July 16, 2014
  • How Students Overcome Disability I first met Michael Leach at his commencement ceremony, and was immediately struck by his confidence, positivity, and enthusiasm for learning. Since then, […]July 1, 2014
  • June is LGBT Pride Month A Community Champion Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Pride Month is celebrated every June. This year, we had the pleasure of speaking with […]June 1, 2014
  • May Is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Janice Dy is busy. Since graduating from Ashford University, she has fully dedicated herself to helping others live a healthier and more active […]May 1, 2014
  • Make Personal Development Your Goal We asked participants the 2014 Forbes Women’s Summit (sponsored by Ashford University) their thoughts on personal development. Speakers included TV personality Deborah Norville […]September 29, 2014
  • Have a Life While Going to School Busy schedules make it hard for Americans to add more activities to their days. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the average worker […]September 26, 2014
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  • Make Personal Development Your Goal We asked participants the 2014 Forbes Women’s Summit (sponsored by Ashford University) their thoughts on personal development. Speakers included TV personality Deborah Norville […]September 29, 2014
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  • 4 Ways an Online University Can Save You Money Finding a job is difficult for college graduates, and even more so for people without a degree. Research from Georgetown University indicates that […]September 22, 2014
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Forward Thinking

Every day great ideas, advice, and information are discussed around the institution. This knowledge is shared with students, alumni, friends, and faculty, but on a small scale. This blog was created to engage a larger audience, a group of lifelong learners who read, think, and provide valuable feedback. Forward Thinking is meant to be more than a blog; it’s another way of learning – for us and for you.