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Is College Right for Me? 3 Great Reasons to Go to College

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“Is college right for me?”

It’s a question that anyone who's ever attended college has had to ask—and answer.

Whether you’re a recent high school graduate or you’re 35 years old and looking for ways to elevate your career to the next level, it’s a life-changing decision—and a big commitment. For many would-be students, the thought of the time, money and energy required to earn a college degree can be overwhelming—and sometimes even hard to justify.

So is that degree really worth all that’s required to earn it? Here are three factors that suggest the answer is “yes”:

1: You’ll earn more money over the course of your career.

The income gap between high school and college graduates has widened. A 2014 report published by the Federal Reserve Board of San Francisco shows that a college graduate can expect to earn $830,000 more over the course of his or her career than someone earning a high school diploma. The report concludes: “Although there are stories of people who skipped college and achieved financial success, for most Americans the path to higher future earnings involves a four-year degree. We show that the value of a college degree remains high, and that the average college graduate can recover the cost of attending in less than 20 years.”

2: Research shows that there are many benefits of college reaped beyond financial success.

According to It’s Not Just the Money: The Benefits of College Education to Individuals and Society , authored by Philip Trostel, a professor at The University of Maine School of Economics, Americans with a bachelor’s degree enjoy numerous benefits and advantages in comparison to high school graduates who have never attended college, including:

  • Life expectancy (at age 25) is seven years longer for those having at least some college.
  • Their likelihood of having health insurance through employment is 47 percent higher.
  • Their probability of being married is 21 percent higher—and their probability of being divorced or separated is 61 percent lower.
  • Their incidence of poverty is 3.5 times lower.
  • Their probability of being in prison or jail is 4.9 times lower.

Trostel’s paper, published by the Lumina Foundation, an independent, private foundation committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all, also notes that the likelihood of college graduates reporting their health to be very good or excellent is 44 percent greater.

3: Having a college degree can help to make it easier to land a good job—even when that position doesn’t necessarily require a degree.

As the job market becomes increasingly competitive, “College Degree Preferred” increasingly means “College Degree Required”. Many college graduates are applying for—and getting—jobs that don’t require a degree. An employer who receives dozens of applications is likely to create unofficial, unspoken filters before sifting through applications. If 50 applicants have college degrees and 50 others don’t, which stack do you think is going to be reviewed more seriously?

Many schools, including Argosy University, offer online programs or blended programs in which students take some classes on campus and others online. If you’ve thought through the reasons to attend college and decide it’s time to begin, be sure to connect quickly with a student advisor at the school you choose. He or she can guide you through the enrollment process, provide valuable advice, and help you stack the odds of success in your favor.


Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Administrative office: Argosy University, 601 South Lewis Street, Orange, CA 92868 © 2017 Argosy University. All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@argosy.edu.
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New Program Announcement | Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in Nursing | RN to BSN at Argosy University

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We are thrilled to announce that Argosy University, Phoenix, is now offering a Bachelor of Science in Nursing! Classes start Jan 12, 2017!

We also offer the Bachelor of Science in Nursing at our Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Hawaii, and Twin Cities campuses!

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree completion program is a post licensure program designed for licensed registered nurses (RN) who have earned either a diploma or an associate’s degree in nursing and desire to advance their personal, professional, and educational goals. 


This bachelor’s degree is intended to prepare students for professional advancement. The format and courses are designed to meet the needs of the adult learner RN, and to maximize strengths that the working RN possesses. The program builds on the pre-licensure nursing course work to help graduates fulfill the aspirational goals articulated by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing as reflected in the program purposes listed below.


1. Provide a degree completion program for RNs leading to a baccalaureate degree in nursing in which students can achieve the knowledge, skills, and behaviors necessary for professional clinical practice and leadership in health care.


2. Engage degree completion students in the review and application of research findings to support evidence-based nursing practice in the achievement of desired patient outcomes.


3. Prepare the degree completion nursing student to exercise leadership and self-direction in planning, initiating, implementing, and evaluating current and emerging roles in nursing, as well as the emerging needs of health care systems.


4. Foster the ability of degree completion nursing students to deal with professional decisions and ethical dilemmas through critical thinking and appropriate clinical judgment skills.


5. Provide a foundation for graduate education and lifelong learning. Students enrolled in the BSN degree completion degree program are required to complete 120 semester credit hours distributed as follows: general education requirements, 42 credit hours; core course requirements, 42 credit hours; elective course requirements, 6 credit hours; lower division nursing coursework (transfer credit) requirements; 30 credit hours. Please note that students who have not completed the stated general education requirements will be required to include these courses in their plan of study.



Program Outcomes

Graduates of Argosy University’s BSN degree completion program will achieve the following outcomes:


1. Provide comprehensive, culturally competent, and ethical nursing care to individuals, families, and communities.


2. Establish care priorities, delegate responsibility to members of the health care team, and make evidence based decisions to achieve desired patient and organizational outcomes.


3. Advocate for the health care needs of individuals, families, communities, and populations within professional, ethical, financial, political, and legal contexts.


4. Use information systems and manage data to inform patient care decisions.


5. Communicate nursing-specific and interdisciplinary knowledge within a complex, highly technical, and rapidly changing health care environment.


6. Utilize leadership, communication, and collaboration skills to improve the delivery of health care and meet the changing needs of society.


7. Advocate for professional nursing practice within health care systems.


8. Research and plan for educational advancement, personal and professional growth, potential career opportunities, and lifelong learning.


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Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Administrative office: Argosy University, 333 City Boulevard West, Suite 1810, Orange, CA 92868 © 2016 Argosy University. All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@argosy.edu.
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National Bullying Prevention Month – Standing up to Bullies

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October 2016 marks the 10th anniversary of National Bullying Prevention Month. The campaign, started in 2006 by PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center, works to unite communities and to raise awareness of bullying prevention. PACER asserts that one in four students will be bullied this school year alone.

While media coverage of bullying tends to focus on the most extreme cases, StopBullying.gov’s statistics show that bullying is taking place daily in the nation’s schools—with nearly 71% of students saying that they’ve seen bullying happen first-hand.


Defining the Problem

Just two years ago, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Department of Education created a federal definition for bullying. The definition includes unwanted aggressive behavior, observed power imbalance, and repetition of behaviors. The report adds that bullying threatens youths’ well-being in both school and neighborhood settings. Bullying can also happen online, which means that parents need to be watchful of their children’s social media accounts.

According to StopBullying.gov, the numbers of children who report being bullied is a staggering 28% in grades 6-12. The number decreases slightly to 20% when only 9-12th graders are included. However, 30% of students admit that they’ve bullied others, and 70.4% of school staff say that they’ve seen bullying happening in their schools. 41% of those staff members say that they witness bullying once a week or more.

So what can parents do to help their children? Communication is key.


Building Relationships to Build Confidence

Dr. Faye Taylor, associate professor of Counseling in the College of Counseling, Psychology, and Social Sciences at Argosy University, Nashville advocates communication with teachers to help students understand the expectations at school. In an interview with Michigan Mom Living addressing reducing back to school stress levels, Dr. Taylor states that open lines of communication help children to understand school rules and regulations—and why they’re necessary to ensure a safe, efficient, and orderly environment.

Dr. Taylor also advocates that parents get into the classroom to see first-hand how their child is handling school and social situations. “Be as active in school activities as you possibly can. But don’t hover.”

Confident friends and empowering a child to stand up to bullying can have a dramatic impact on bullying situations. StopBullying.gov states that when bystanders intervene in a bullying situation, the incident stops within 10 seconds nearly 57% of the time.


Tips from StopBullying.gov

StopBullying.gov’s top tip on preventing bullying is to treat everyone with respect.

      · Stop and think before you say or do something that could hurt someone.

      · If you feel like being mean to someone, find something else to do. Play a game, watch TV, or talk to a friend.

      · Talk to an adult you trust. They can help you find ways to be nicer to others.

      · Keep in mind that everyone is different. Not better or worse. Just different.

      · If you think you have bullied someone in the past, apologize. Everyone feels better.


For those being bullied, the experts at StopBullying.gov recommend:

· Look at the kid bullying you and tell him or her to stop in a calm, clear voice. You can also try to laugh it off. This works best if joking is easy for you. It could catch the kid bullying you off guard.

· If speaking up seems too hard or not safe, walk away and stay away. Don’t fight back. Find an adult to stop the bullying on the spot.

· Talk to an adult you trust. Don’t keep your feelings inside. Telling someone can help you feel less alone. They can help you make a plan to stop the bullying.

· Stay away from places where bullying happens.

· Stay near adults and other kids. Most bullying happens when adults aren’t around.


Bullying is a problem that many children face throughout their elementary, middle, and high school years. Through communication with teachers, school staff, and the kids themselves, the problem of bullying can be properly addressed—and children can be empowered with the tools they need to stand up to bullying. Not just during the month of October, but year-round.

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