Each installment in our Ask An Expert series glances at a subject of interest to you, the student. Our experts offer tips on noteworthy degree programs, insight on college culture issues, and valuable career advice as you look beyond graduation. We speak with educators, experts and working professionals from a wide range of popular fields in search of real-world experience and knowledge.
Get the scoop on your college degree program or future career from qualified experts in the field. We’ve got the lowdown from the pros and profs about life on the inside, whether you see yourself going to online college, attending school on-campus, or doing a little of both; whether you see yourself in a downtown high-rise, a laboratory, a workshop, or a home office that doubles as a family guest room during the holidays.Our ever-growing series gives you a first-hand look at the courses, programs, degrees, and careers that matter. Before you experience it yourself, find out more from the women and men who’ve already been there.
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- with David Batts
- Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology (BSIT) Program Coordinator, College of Engineering and Technology at East Carolina University
For many students, an associate degree is a great starting point on the way to a career, but a four-year degree is the ultimate goal. This is especially true for students in the applied sciences, where stronger academic credentials can translate to greater professional opportunities, not to mention the development of important practical skills. This is the premise behind AAS Transfer Programs. Also known as Degree Completion programs, these courses of study are specifically designed to facilitate the transition from earning your Associate in Applied Science degree to studying for your Bachelor of Science degree. Read on.
- with Lee Swain
- Director, JED Campus and the Jed Foundation
Mental health is an important topic. However, it can also be challenging topic to discuss, so we’ve invited an expert to share his first-hand knowledge on the subjects of mental health, depression, and suicide, specifically on the college campus. Lee Swain is Director of JED Campus and The JED Foundation. The Jed Foundation, or JED, is a nonprofit that exists to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults. Read on.
- with Meredith Lombardi
- Associate Director of Outreach and Education at the Common Application
The Common Application, which is accepted by nearly 800 colleges and universities, is a single-serving college application that allows you to create one admissions package, and one college essay, for submission to multiple schools. This makes it a great way to save time and money during the college admission process. Read on.
- with Ronald T. Wakeham
- Department Chair of Security and Emergency Services at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Emergency management, emergency rescue and disaster recovery are growing career fields. Natural disasters are rising in frequency and severity; active-shooter incidents occur with startling regularity in the U.S.; and soft-target terror attacks are a real and constant threat for populations around the world. This means that the demand for qualified, courageous, and educated professionals with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in emergency management, disaster relief, homeland security, and public safety promises only to grow in the coming years. Read on.
- with John Murtha
- Area Managing Director | General Manager, Omni Hotels>
John Murtha graduated from the University of New Hampshire (UNH) Hospitality Management Program in 1975 and went on to establish himself as a leader and expert in the hospitality field. A 40-year veteran of the industry, today John is the Area Management Director and General Manager of Omni Hotels. As a proud alumnus, John has hired literally dozens of UNH grads over his years in the business, citing the high quality of the program’s chief “output” … its students. Read on.
- with Sean Callan
- Founding Partner, Fraternal Law Partners
Despite legislation, policies, and shifts in social consciousness, hazing remains an issue on college campuses, and one that students need to be cognizant of. We contacted Fraternal Law Partners to help shed some light on the issue. Founded in 2012 and dedicated to legal issues pertaining to Greek life organizations, Fraternal Law Partners has been especially noteworthy for its activities in combating hazing, including operation of an Anti-Hazing Hotline (1-888-NOT-HAZE). Read on.
- with Dan Givens
- Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine
From both his esteemed position at Auburn University and his extensive background in the field, Dan Givens is a noteworthy expert in the field of veterinary education. He studied as an undergraduate at Western Kentucky University, and went through Auburn’s vet school program himself, graduating with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) in 1994. After two years as a practicing clinician in central Kentucky, Dan returned to Auburn to earn a PhD with board certifications in animal reproduction and virology. Upon graduation, he performed post-doctoral research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) at Auburn University, eventually joining the school’s faculty. Read on.
- with Jennifer Tatum
- Teacher and graduate of the Walt Disney World College Program
Michigan public school teacher Jennifer Tatum shares her experience gaining a “Ductorate Degree” through the Disney College program. In her interview about her traditional college internship, which she fulfilled through the Disney program, she covers the education she received in customer service, cast member performance, park theme development, the culture of Disney, and how students can take advantage of this unique experience. Read on.