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Alternative Credentials, Scaled Degrees, and the New Higher Ed Matthew Effect | Learning Innovation - Inside Higher EdAlternative Credentials, Scaled Degrees, and the New Higher Ed Matthew Effect | Learning Innovation - Inside Higher EdPosted: 10 Aug 2020 01:44 PM PDT HBS Online saw a 650 percent increase in enrollment between April and June compared to the same period in 2019…Online degrees offered by the Gies College of Business, including an iMBA priced under $22,000 offered in partnership with online learning platform Coursera, have seen record applications this year, Elliott said. Applications have particularly increased among women. More than 2,500 applications have so far been submitted to the iMBA program starting this fall -- a 35 percent increase from August 2019.Since mid-March, more than 18 million registered users have joined Coursera, a more than 400 percent increase from the same time period last year. Enrollments in India increased by 1,044 percent, followed by Italy at…

Bears football an all-time great program - Mount Airy News

Bears football an all-time great program - Mount Airy News

Bears football an all-time great program - Mount Airy News

Posted: 30 Jul 2020 04:40 PM PDT

The 2017 Mount Airy Bears prepare to take the field before the West Regional Final against Murphy.

Cory Smith | The News

<p>Mount Airy players pose for a team picture prior to the 2019 season.</p> <p>News File Photo</p>

Mount Airy players pose for a team picture prior to the 2019 season.

News File Photo

<p>Legendary Mount Airy coach Jerry Hollingsworth held the school record for career wins (177) for nearly three decades. Hollingsworth, who coached the Bears from 1969-1990, passed away earlier this year at the age of 76.</p> <p>Doug McDaniel | Special to the News</p>

Legendary Mount Airy coach Jerry Hollingsworth held the school record for career wins (177) for nearly three decades. Hollingsworth, who coached the Bears from 1969-1990, passed away earlier this year at the age of 76.

Doug McDaniel | Special to the News

Mount Airy's football team has performed at a high level for the better part of the past century.

The Granite Bears have made an impact not only in Surry County, but across the state of North Carolina. Mount Airy's championship pedigree predates many of the current area high schools' existence, with the Bears first football game taking place in 1915.

As it turns out, Mount Airy's success ranks highly in the national ranks as well. MaxPreps, which is used by state athletic associations nationwide for most high school sports, recently came out with a list of nation's winningest high school football programs. Mount Airy was one of the select few teams in the country to receive this honor.

MaxPreps used records assembled on to determine Mount Airy's position on the all-time list. The site reports that the Granite Bears have played 1,096 total games and have an all-time record of 738 wins, 324 losses and 34 ties. This means the Bears are tied at No. 62 on MaxPreps' list, with Refugio High in Texas also reporting 738 wins.

Being on the list is an impressive feat on its own, but the Bears are actually a little bit higher on the list than MaxPreps gives them credit for. Mount Airy football historian Doug McDaniel, a 1973 graduate of the the high school, has a more complete version of the school's records thanks to countless hours combing through primary sources from the past 105 years.

With the most recent discovery of a 1915 win over Galax, McDaniel has record of 1,112 Mount Airy games and the Granite Bears' all-time record at 745-332-35. This ties the Bears with Rockhurst (Missouri) and New Castle (Pennsylvania) for 59th on the list.

McDaniel provided a number of statistics from Mount Airy's history to best illustrate the Bears' success in football. Mount Airy has:

– seven championships at the state level – Class B State Champions in 1935 and 1938, Class A State Champions in 1942, 1946 and 1948, Western Regional 3A Champions in 1968 (there were only regional titles that year) and the 1A State Champions in 2008

– five championship runner-ups at the state level – Class B State Runner-up in 1941, Class A State Runner-up in 1947, Western Regional 3A Runner-up in 1969, 1A State Runner-up in 2009 and 1AA State Runner-up in 2017.

– 25 seasons of 10 or more wins

– only five seasons below .500 since 1977

– five decades with winning records – 1930's, 40's, 80's, 2000's and 2010's

– 21-straight playoff appearances

– 53 seasons of eight or more wins

– 96 games scoring 50 or more points

The only two other schools from North Carolina on the list both won state championships this past season.

The first is Shelby High School ranked No. 23 with 809 wins. Shelby's first season was in 1910, and the Golden Lions have since won 17 state titles. Six of those titles have come in the last seven seasons, including the 2019 2AA State Championship.

The other N.C. school listed in the top 100 is Reidsville High with 768. Reidsville's first of 22 state championships came in 1930 and the latest in 2019. An exact start date for Reidsville's football program isn't known at this time, although it was the early 1900s according to Football Friday Night.

Georgia's Valdosta High School holds a commanding lead of 26 wins over the second-place team, Kentucky's Male High School. Valdosta leads the way with 932 wins since it's first season in 1913. Valdosta has 24 state championships and six national championships.

Texas is the most represented state of the 101 teams on the list (there was at tie at No. 100) with 12. Pennsylvania follows with 11, then Kentucky with 10, Georgia, Ohio, Oklahoma and Tennessee with seven, Illinois with five and Arkansas with four.

Massachusetts, North Carolina, Louisiana and South Carolina each have three teams in the top 100 and Michigan, Connecticut, California and Indiana round out the schools with multiple entrants. Eleven other states each have one selection.

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Occupational Therapy Assistant - Felician College

Posted: 06 Mar 2020 12:00 AM PST

Occupational Therapy Assistants are in high demand, and the US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 31% growth from 2018-2028 (much higher than average). New Jersey is the second highest state for salaries, and the Newark area is the top in the state, with an average salary of $69,530. Complete your associate degree at Felician in this 18-month program to begin benefitting from all that this field has to offer!

Preparing Tomorrow's Healthcare Leaders

Occupational therapy is a client-centered health profession. Using a holistic approach, occupational therapists facilitate improved capability in their client and then adapt the task and environment, empowering the person to resume their meaningful occupations.

Occupational therapists work with clients of all ages from diverse cultures in a variety of treatment settings. Occupational therapy assistants work in collaboration with the occupational therapist to improve the health and well being of their client within an ever-changing environment. Our students learn that inter-professional collaboration with other healthcare professionals improves client care and how sociopolitical issues impact vulnerable populations as well as global health care systems.

Through hands-on practice, our students learn the latest treatment techniques and interventions in a state-of-the-art lab in order to incorporate evidence-based interventions into their practice. The occupational therapy assistant program is a community of faculty, staff, and students who are ethical, caring, and compassionate. We foster strong leaders who practice in a dynamic global healthcare climate and who are passionate about their beliefs and advocacy position in caring for clients, families, and communities.

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The Felician University Occupational Therapy Assistant Program, within the framework of Catholic tradition and commitments to Franciscan values, strives to prepare a diverse student population with a customized education that provides the technical knowledge and professional skills required by current and emerging local, state, and national occupational therapy markets.The program has established high educational standards to facilitate the development of the professions future leaders to provide collaborative, effective, client-centered, outcome-based occupational therapy services within the ever-changing environments and demands in healthcare.

    • Students will demonstrate knowledge and appreciation of the client's sociocultural background's impact on health and participation in occupations and respect for treatment of others in diverse settings. (Respect)
    • Students will uphold the Christian concepts of service and will advocate for and provide competent, compassionate care to those experiencing occupational dysfunction or deprivation. (Compassion)
    • Students will demonstrate a quest for truth and provide current evidence-based efficient effective client centered care. (Competence)
    • Students will transform into health care professionals who communicate and demonstrate use of self effectively as members of a health care team. (Character)
    • To educate, through a variety of leaning experiences, a diversity of students that will become committed life-long learners who practice a client- centered approach that upholds the Franciscan values. (Diversity)
    • Students will use critical thinking as a basis for ethical decision making while engaging in peaceful interactions both in and out of the classroom, celebrating diversity and providing service to others.(Service Learning)

The Felician University values (Respect for Human Dignity, Compassion, Transformation, Solidarity with the Poor, Justice and Peace). are foundational to the OT Program philosophy, values and beliefs. The OTA Program's beliefs and values form the basis for curriculum design, delivery, assessment and directed change. The OTA Program philosophy continues to evolve and respond to changes in the profession and to ensure relevance with current professional practice.  The faculty continuously engage in focused assessment and analysis of the educational program to make reasoned decisions for curricular changes based on current best practices, policy changes and emerging practice areas that will affect the profession.

The transformation from student to clinician can only effectively occur within a collaborative, supportive environment. Students are the future leaders of the occupational therapy profession. Membership in student and professional organizations and interdisciplinary experiences facilitate their ability to collaborate with members of other professions, as they learn the art of teamwork.    Both students and faculty are involved in an ongoing in a continuous learning process as they advocate for the advancement of the profession of occupational therapy.

A curricular focus on a foundation of inter-professional collaboration, a breadth and depth of knowledge in the liberal arts and sciences, and an understanding of issues related to diversity, will thread through the courses, and is reflected in requirements for program completion.

Opportunities for students to choose and pursue areas of interest, to direct their own learning, and to participate in inter-professional experiences will be built into the course projects, service learning, and fieldwork experiences, as faculty take on the roles of facilitators and mentors.


Upon successful completion of both the classroom and fieldwork components, students are awarded an Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS). In order to practice as an Occupational Therapy Assistant, a student must graduate from a program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 300, Bethesda, MD, 20814-3449. Their phone number is (301) 652-AOTA, and the web address is The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Felician University has applied for accreditation by ACOTE which begins with a Candidacy Application on December 16, 2019. Upon receipt of Candidacy Status from ACOTE, students can be admitted into the program, which will begin in the fall of 2020. After review of a self-study and on-site evaluation the University would be granted full accreditation in Spring 2022, prior to student graduation in May 2022. A program must be granted accreditation status before it's graduates will be eligible to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of the exam the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.


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