Far from home, Nigerian-born prep star pursues academic and basketball dreams in Michigan - MLive.com

When Peter Nwoke remembers the last hug he shared with his mother, a smile spreads across his face. It was a hug 10 months in the making and it remains one of his favorite memories. “It was the best feeling ever,” Nwoke said. The hug happened back in 2018 when Nwoke was just 15 years old. He had just completed the long 14-hour flight home from Detroit Metro Airport to his home Lagos, Nigeria, where his sister, Roselyne, was waiting to pick him up and take him home for a three-week stay. When Nwoke’s mother, Adamma, laid eyes on her son, she rushed to him before he made it to the front door. “My mom hugged me for five-straight minutes,” Nwoke said. “I wasn’t even in the house yet.” It was the first time he had returned to his hometown since moving to the United States in 2017 to fulfill an academic scholarship he obtained at Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Preparatory, a Catholic boarding school in southeast Michigan. Up until that point, it was the longest Nwoke had ever been away from ho

Public college in every state with the best ROI - Mooresville Tribune

Public college in every state with the best ROI - Mooresville Tribune

Public college in every state with the best ROI - Mooresville Tribune

Posted: 19 Dec 2020 09:37 AM PST

Since at least the post-World War II period, a college education has been considered a gateway to the American middle class, enabling Americans to build careers and accumulate wealth that can be passed on to their family.

But college is expensive. Nearly 45 million Americans are saddled with $1.64 trillion in student loan debt. Sixty-nine percent of the graduating class of 2019 took out student loans, and their average debt is $29,900, according to studentloanhero.com. Studies have indicated high student debt can have harmful consequences for the economy, such as delaying homeownership and postponing starting a family.

The escalating cost of university education, as well as soaring student loan debt, have raised questions about whether college is worth the expense. One recent report said it is.

According to a 2019 study from Georgetown University, workers with a bachelor's degree on average earn 80% more than those who only graduated high school. Stacker compiled a list of the public colleges with the best return on investment (ROI) in every state, using the study by Anthony P. Carnevale, Ban Cheah, and Martin Van Der Werf at Georgetown University. Public colleges that primarily issue bachelor's degrees were considered. The college with the highest 40-year ROI in every state was included. The study incorporated net present value, that calculates future earnings based on income ten and forty years, respectively, after starting college.  

Schools with the best ROI range from small schools with enrollments of fewer than 1,000 undergraduates to large state universities with student bodies of up to 40,000 undergraduates. Virtually all the students at the public college in every state with the best ROI have a debt load below the national average.

The schools that provide the "best bang for the buck" do so in various ways. Some schools offer special classes in areas like STEM, health care, and maritime services that steer graduates to jobs in those fields, and others focus on startup creation, merit programs, and connecting students to employers.

Peruse Stacker's list to find out more about how each institution is providing the best value for its students.

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Health Informatics and Data Analytics, Graduate Certificate - Department of Health Administration and Policy

Posted: 11 Dec 2020 11:34 AM PST

The health informatics and data analytics certificate prepares clinicians and health care managers, as well as information technology (IT) professionals to develop and manage health information technology systems. Certificate course work stresses the impact of technology on outcomes and quality of health care services. Students in the program can focus on general health informatics or health data analytics.

Interested in the on-campus optionApply to the On-Campus Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics and Data Analytics through Mason's admissions website. 

Interested in the online option? Learn more or apply to the Online Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics and Data Analytics.

Curriculum Information

The program curriculum, including short descriptions of the required courses, is available in George Mason's University Catalog.

This certificate qualifies for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.  For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit the Gainful Employment Disclosure Template.

Alumni scholarships helping students - Brandman News Bureau

Posted: 17 Dec 2020 04:00 PM PST

IRVINE, Calif. (Dec. 17, 2020) - The Alumni Advisory Board's leadership, combined with generous donations from alumni, students, faculty, and staff, have made it possible for Brandman to maintain its Alumni Scholarship Fund. This year, Alumni Scholarship awards of $750 each to one undergraduate and one graduate student will help the recipients offset their expenses.

The undergraduate honoree, Tiffany Galindo, is preparing for a career in social work. Graduate recipient Susan Saadat is building skills for a life in teaching.

Galindo is enrolled in a program leading to a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work. She's also minoring in organizational leadership and psychology, which is part of her plan to go on to graduate school and obtain the qualifications needed to practice as a licensed clinical social worker. She aspires to a career providing support to veterans.

"Completing my degree would allow me to help those veterans who feel lost and abandoned after completing their military service," Galindo wrote in her essay. "As a veteran myself, I know how lonely it can sometimes feel when you don't have brothers or sisters to the left or the right daily. Having my bachelor's degree will kick my educational and career goals on becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker to assist those veterans who have made sacrifices to keep our country free."

Saadat is progressing toward a Master of Arts in Teaching, Secondary Education degree. She wrote in her essay that she is a single mother, caring for three young children and serving as a teacher's assistant. She looks forward to helping her future students develop mental and emotional courage.

"Most of all, I wish to become a positive role model for students, whom I can hopefully provide stability, guidance and the motivation to maintain a positive mindset throughout life, combined with a fair amount of resiliency to persevere – not unlike what I am currently living through to try to survive, learn, and hopefully one day enrich the lives of young adolescents with the life lessons and knowledge that I am currently gaining through this program," Saadat wrote.

Donors who contributed to the inaugural Brandman Gives Back campaign, which took place over the 2019 holiday season, provided essential support to the scholarship fund. This year's Brandman Gives Back campaign is still active and donors who want to support a particular cause may support the Alumni Scholarship Fund or the university's new Student Emergency Fund, which was established after being requested by the Alumni Advisory Board to help students deal with short-term, acute financial stresses. More information is available online.


Brandman University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission. As part of the Chapman University System, Brandman blends a legacy of academic excellence with innovative programs and support services designed for students with busy schedules. The university offers undergraduate, graduate, credential and certificate programs designed to be relevant to more than 90 career paths. Brandman serves about 22,000 students, about 14,000 of whom are degree-seeking students, at 25 physical campuses in California and Washington, as well as online. Brandman offers fully-online courses for students anywhere in the United States and for military personnel serving abroad. For additional information, visit the university's

Media Contacts:

Terri M. Carbaugh, Brandman University Vice Chancellor of Public Affairs: Carbaugh@brandman.edu

Andrew Edwards, Brandman University Senior Multimedia News Writer: Edwards1@brandman.edu

The best online classes, books, and podcasts in 2020 - Business Insider - Business Insider

Posted: 21 Dec 2020 10:43 AM PST

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For many people, 2020 challenged how we view higher education, with some experts stating that certain changes are long overdue. Between increases in online learning due to the pandemic, to the possibility of student-loan forgiveness in the future, this year could be the start of a much-needed turning point.

On an individual scale, the pandemic opened up new opportunities to learn. Some people used their time at home to pick up a new hobby online or get through a book or podcast. Others committed to longer-term certificate programs to improve their career prospects at a lower cost than a traditional college degree.

From a popular positive psychology class and writing workshop to a Wharton business program and bestselling finance book, these online courses, books, and podcasts helped the Insider staff feel engaged and inspired throughout quarantine. 

The nine e-learning classes, books, and podcasts we loved in 2020:


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