2008 Walden In the News

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Grant Gives a Taste of Teaching
The Sun Herald, November 21, 2008

As one of three schools nationwide awarded a $5,000 Educator for a Day grant from Walden University’s Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership, Eastlawn Elementary School in Pascagoula, Miss., recently welcomed four community members interested in becoming teachers into Eastlawn’s classrooms to gain hands-on experience. The grants were announced in conjunction with the National Education Association’s American Education Week, observed Nov. 16–22. Shaun Mitchell, a fifth-grade teacher at Eastlawn and author of the school’s winning nomination, says the grant will be used to build an outdoor classroom and an adjacent garden of native Mississippi plants. The garden will be designed in the shape of the state.

© The Sun Herald 2008

Facing Off Domestic Violence
Hispanic Magazine, November 2008

Sara Torres, PhD, RN, FAAN, the associate dean of the School of Nursing in the College of Health Sciences at Walden University, has investigated domestic violence among Anglos and Hispanics (mainly Mexican-Americans), and found compelling disparities on what Latinas consider abuse. In this article, she explains domestic violence can take many forms, including physical, verbal, emotional, and sexual. She also discusses unique factors that discourage Hispanic women from seeking help.

© Hispanic Magazine 2008


The Unreported Fourth and Final Presidential Debate
Examiner.com, October 31, 2008

“The Walden University Presidential Youth Debate on October 20 didn’t disrupt network television for two hours or have pundits talking about it for days; instead, the 43½-minute debate, broadcast via webcast, provided a unique opportunity for individuals ages 13 to 35 to present questions of issues of importance … to the two major presidential candidates,” Harris writes in his blog. “This year’s fourth and final debate featured a wide variety of questions on topics such as the economy, same-sex marriage, and the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child.”

© 2008 Examiner.com

Education at a Click: More People Are Choosing to Study Online as Colleges Offer a Greater Variety of Courses and Degrees
Vista Magazine, October 1, 2008

Walden University PhD student Ramona Armijo is among a growing wave of U.S. Hispanics turning to the Internet and online study to advance their education and careers. She is finishing her dissertation for Walden University (on the challenges that face Latina professionals), and is aiming to graduate in January. In this article, she says she hopes to move up in the ranks in public health management and to expand her consulting business.

© 2008 ImpreMedia


The Benefits of Distance Education
Latino Leaders, September/October 2008

Dr. Ivonne Chirino-Klevans, program director for the Center for International Programs at Walden University, talks about the possibilities that technology offers millions of students, especially Latinos, around the world. In the interview, she describes what gives Walden the edge in online higher education: “We are very student-centered, and we make every effort to develop activities in our online classrooms that appeal to different learning styles … Our instruction is designed to consider all types of interests. Because of our experience, we know what works, and our students greatly benefit from that.”

© Latino Leaders


Online Learning: From the Campus to Cyberspace
Latino Perspectives Magazine, August 2008

More Latinos are now online and discovering online education to help achieve their educational goals. In this article, Walden University administrators described Walden as an online university that is “helping to level the playing field and helping Latinos advance in the professional world through online MBAs, as well as other master’s and doctorate degrees.” Walden spokesperson Ana Sanchez is quoted as saying: “Latinos are a segment of the population that is underserved in higher education. Being online, we have the opportunity to be able to bring an entire degree program in reach of the working professional or someone who would otherwise not be able to earn their degree.”

© Latino Perspectives Magazine 2008


Keeping Athletes on Track: Get Your Clients Moving
Monitor on Psychology, July/August 2008

Therapists are in a great position to help clients find exercise that they can look forward to, says Dr. Patti L. Barrows, a faculty member in Walden University’s School of Psychology and an independent practitioner in Tampa, Fla. Dr. Barrows encourages her clients to come up with a list of exercise options—perhaps by picking up a class schedule from their local fitness center. As clients achieve their goals, she also recommends a reinforcement program to sustain momentum, such a getting a massage or buying new workout clothes. Nurturing the mind by taking care of the body is a marathon, not a sprint, Barrows says.

© American Psychological Association 2008

Paying It Forward
Advance for Nurses, July 21, 2008

Walden MSN student Cynthia Hickman, a board-certified cardiac vascular nurse and case manager, has established a scholarship at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in Houston to further the education of nurses. The people who receive the benefit are required to make a difference in some way—“to pay it forward.” The idea came from her work helping Katrina evacuees who came to Houston to escape the aftermath of the storms. She says she chose Walden “because the university embraces social change and has a commitment to student success. In my opinion, they have the leadership, vision, and fortitude to change society and community one student at a time.”

© Merion Publications 2008

Managers Need Training to Fulfill Performance Role
Talent Management, July 2008

Dr. Susan H. Jespersen, a faculty member in Walden’s MBA program, discusses the importance of managers in the retail sector who are able to measure employee performance, including how to set expectations, gauge success, navigate conversations, and address performance issues. “Supervisors need to be trained to observe and measure performance and look at where there might be gaps,” she says. “At the same time, there should be a coaching process, where the supervisor is offering assistance and [supporting] the employee. In this sense, the performance management system becomes more of a full circle, where we’re not just measuring, observing and putting it on paper, but also trying to bring about behavioral change.”

© Mediatec Publishing Inc. 2008


Hispanos con un Futuro Brillante Pero no sin Barreras que Superar
Terra.com, June 18, 2008

In an Op-Ed piece for a leading news and information site for the U.S. Hispanic population and across Latin America, Augusto Failde, chairman of Walden University’s Hispanic Advisory Committee, describes the gap in higher education among Latinos.

© Copyright 2008, Terra Networks


For Working Moms, a Way to Connect With College
The Christian Science Monitor, May 9, 2008

Nearly 40 mothers got good news in May from Project Working Mom, which distributed about $2 million in full scholarships to accredited online institutions including Walden University. Walden’s application reviewers said that the stories that stood out were those in which the scholarship candidates “talk about how they may choose to use their degrees for the betterment of their community or … their family life,” said Jerry Sweitzer, a Walden spokesperson.

© The Christian Science Monitor 2008

A Natural Alliance: Walden University and the Community College
Hook ’Em Up (National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Newsletter), May 2008

The many contributions the community college has made include expanded access for underprepared students and new bridges for student transfer. In this bylined article, Dr. Terry O’Banion, director of Walden’s Community College Leadership program, describes how the community college has the potential to become one of the most significant forces in the nation, especially through a natural alliance with Walden’s Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership and its PhD in Education specialization in Community College Leadership.

© National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development 2008


Nine Questions to Ask Your Boss
CNN.com and MSN Careers, April 21, 2008

Dr. Ivonne Chirino-Klevans, a Walden University faculty member, is among a group of experts with advice on questions to ask your boss in order to improve your career. She says some questions are crucial—for example: “How often are performance evaluations conducted and who is in charge of them?” and “What are the options for growth within the organization?” She also recommends that understanding the mechanics of your job should be a top priority at all times. Plus, make sure you know if you have quarterly or annual goals to aim for and how they impact your daily tasks.

© 2008 Cable News Network. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

New Choices: Executive Education Programs That Will Change Your Life
Black Enterprise, April 2008

Walden University’s online graduate business program was ranked No. 4 by enrollment, by U.S. News & World Report. This profile describes programs in Walden’s School of Management that offer working professionals who are also students the knowledge and education necessary to develop and advance their organizations and communities.

© 2008 Earl G. Graves, Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Online Courses Aid Working Mothers
Frederick Gazette, April 3, 2008

Rani Kota, a Walden Master of Public Health student in Frederick, Md., is featured in an article about working mothers who are earning their educations online. Kota, a mother of two who works as a patient care coordinator at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., decided three years ago to go back to school for a master’s degree and pursue a career in public health. “I chose online classes because I can spend time with my family and work full time, and those were my main priorities,” she said. “… Walden is a great school with a lot of support.”

© Gazette Newspapers 2008


Distance Learning M.B.A. Programmes 2008
Financial Times, March 17, 2008

Walden University is included in Financial Times’ list of largest distance-learning MBA programs. With more than 1,700 students enrolled in its MBA program, Walden is No. 10 on the list, which includes 40 top distance-learning and online MBA providers, ranked according to student enrollment.

© The Financial Times, Ltd. 2008

Online Degrees Gaining Esteem in Increasingly Digital Age
Minnesota Daily, March 13, 2008

The article explains that, according to the Sloan Consortium, almost 20% of all U.S. higher education students were taking at least one online course in fall 2006. Dr. Gary Burkholder, vice president for the College of Health Sciences at Walden University, talks about the importance accreditation plays in employer attitudes toward acceptance of online degrees.

© Minnesota Daily 2008

Different Paths Led Them to Same Career
Hartford Courant, March 10, 2008

Walden MSN student Leo Sullivan is featured in an article about career changers who decided to go back to school and become nurses. Sullivan, a psychiatric nurse at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Northampton, Mass., worked in railroad engineering for 20 years before he decided he wanted a career with “more giving, less taking.”

© Hartford Courant 2008


Riley Redux
The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 29, 2008

Walden University has named its college of education after a former U.S. secretary of education, which is now called The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership. Secretary Riley, a former governor of South Carolina, was the education secretary under President Clinton and the longest-serving secretary of education. Secretary Riley also delivered the commencement address and received an honorary degree at Walden’s winter graduation.

© Chronicle of Higher Education 2008

Education Notes News
St. Paul Pioneer Press, February 4, 2008

Walden announces four new associate deans: Dr. Wanda Gravett as associate dean of the School of Management, Dr. Richard Simms as associate dean of undergraduate and educator licensure programs in The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership, Dr. Sara Torres as associate dean of the School of Nursing, and Dr. Savitri Dixon-Saxon as associate dean, School of Counseling and Social Service.

© St. Paul Pioneer Press 2008


Putting It All Together
Minority Engineer, Winter, 2007/2008

Walden MS in Engineering Management student Cherrell Davis is profiled in an article about software engineers. Davis, a software integration and test engineer with the Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., talks about her career path and how her education at Walden supports her future aspirations for career advancement.

© Minority Engineer 2008

Grad School’s a Click Away
U.S. News & World Report, January 21, 2008

Walden’s programs are ranked among the largest in U.S. News & World Report’s 2008 ranking of online graduate programs by enrollment. The magazine surveyed 649 programs to compile a list of graduate-level programs in business, education, engineering, library science, nursing, and public health, and Walden ranked as:

•No. 1 for Education
•No. 1 for Public Health
•No. 2 for Nursing
•No. 4 for Management (Business)
•No. 10 for Engineering

© U.S. News & World Report 2008