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Postsecondary (Advanced Education)

In President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union address, he spoke sincerely about the positive effects of postsecondary education. He told the stories of Americans who’d changed their lives by earning a degree or certification and affirmed the importance of higher education to maintaining and growing middle class populations in the United States. All students… Read More

After listening to an NPR report on a Boston homeless shelter run by Harvard and Cambridge students, Villanova University Professor Stephanie Sena was inspired to found the Student-Run Emergency Housing Unit of Philadelphia (SREHUP). The non-profit organization provides emergency housing for people experiencing homelessness. The shelter is staffed by college students whose service learning experience… Read More

How to Become an Adjunct Professor: Job, Education, Salary

By Room 241 Team September 1, 2015

The position of adjunct professor is an important one. Colleges need instructors, and this position allows prospective academics the opportunity to try out the role of professor. Adjunct professors are hired by schools on a contractual, part-time basis as opposed to the traditional university model of full-time employment. The role of adjunct professor is continually… Read More

Tyson Clyburn is passionate about education. The Detroit native works full time as an alumni liaison while he pursues his doctoral degree in Transformational Leadership online from Concordia University-Portland. The lifelong learner makes a point to spend quality time with his family daily, stressing, “school is my passion.” Clyburn is on track to complete his EdD… Read More

Arguments about whether talent is due to nature or nurture have been around practically as long as those two words have existed. In the past, research pointed to practice as one of the most important aspects of mastery of any wide variety of skills. The idea that practice was the route to perfection was practically… Read More

Five Things to Remember Before Writing a Thesis

By Room 241 Team August 7, 2014

A thesis paper is more than just an essay–it can be seen as a student’s legacy. A thesis helps define how a student analyzes, interprets, and conveys information, helping to mold his or her forthcoming accomplishments. The significance of thesis papers extend beyond formal education, as they can be referenced time and again on cover… Read More

Flexibility and convenience, the chance to achieve a dream, immediate classroom application, the staff, and the cohort and classmates. That’s what our students most value about their Concordia University-Portland experience. Why do teachers choose Concordia University-Portland? Our students drive our success, and we always look for ways to give back. We held a contest on… Read More

Most Important Courses for Teachers to Take in Graduate School

By Brian P. Gatens February 20, 2014

I always encourage new teachers to pursue a master’s degree as soon as possible. Enrolling in a master’s program can help you build upon both your pre-teacher classwork and your classroom experience to craft a really powerful resume and develop your instructional skills. But not all graduate programs are the same, so you should be… Read More

Meet Twanna Mead, a Concordia Portland student

By Room 241 Team January 31, 2014

Greetings. My name is Twanna Mead and I am a proud student of Concordia University-Portland.  I recently enrolled in the Doctorate Program, however this is not my first time being a student of Concordia University.  I graduated with my Master’s Degree in Education Administration in 2012 from Concordia University-Texas with a 4.0 grade point average. … Read More

My job obliges me to sift through hundreds of resumes when new applicants flood the job market each spring. Over the past few years I’ve noticed that just about all the applicants already have a master’s degrees. I assume this reflects a slow job market and a lot of students riding out the poor economy… Read More

Reading summer school books may not be appealing for many 18-year-olds who are preparing to enter college. Nonetheless, the move to college brings several educational and philosophical shifts in dynamic that require some preparation. Students will need to engage with literature in a new way by considering context, questioning author motivations, and reflecting on the… Read More

5 Ways for Latinos to Pay for Grad School

By Room 241 Team February 27, 2013

Anyone considering pursuing their master degree or doctorate has to also plan how they will pay for grad school. Scholarships, grants and loans are the options available to most people. Loans, however, should be a choice of last resort. Sometimes loans can have high interest rates and they all, of course, must be repaid. If… Read More

5 Ways for Asian-Americans to Pay for Grad School

By Room 241 Team February 18, 2013

Searching for ways to pay for grad school can be a daunting process. With many opportunities for scholarships, grants and loans, it is a great time to head back to school. Although a graduate education may cost some money up front, scholarship and grant awards can defray the costs associated with higher education. Additionally, a… Read More

Grad School Money for Female Teachers

By Room 241 Team February 17, 2013

A graduate degree is crucial for educators desiring to advance their careers, but if you’re like most teachers, you may wonder where the money for grad school will come from. Fortunately, a mixture of loans, scholarships and grants can often allow you to pursue your master’s degree in education or even take on an EdD… Read More

College is expensive, and graduate school is even more so, since money for grad school is often in the form of loans. For many, the expense of additional student loans are worth the investment; but for those who cannot take on additional debt, there are loans and scholarships available to help make a graduate degree… Read More