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Argosy University Announces Competency-based Program
Argosy University has received approval from the Senior College and University Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) to offer a competency- based Master of Business Administration program. This is the first competency- based program to receive
approval from WASC.
The competency-based Master of Business Administration program at Argosy University is designed for experienced business professionals who bring significant real-world experience. The hallmark of the competency-based degree program lies in the ability of students to demonstrate
their knowledge and learning through completing assessments rather than by traditional credits based on time spent in a traditional class. As students demonstrate the required competencies, they are awarded competency units that are applied toward the degree. The university will begin enrolling students in the program in August 2013.
The Argosy University competency-based program is highly personalized, where current knowledge and skill levels are assessed through diagnostic tests called Pre-Assessments. These assessments trigger the creation of a customized study plan that engages students in rich content
based on their specific needs. Students will receive additional academic support to master the required competencies. The customized study plan, offered through the university's own web-based, adaptive learning environment for students, separates the program from other competency-based programs available.
"The competency-based Master of Business Administration program helps students demonstrate their competence in the knowledge and skill areas identified by business and industry experts as being critical to any organization's success in the increasingly competitive economic
environment", says Argosy University Chancellor, Dr. Craig Swenson. "The program's distinction lies in a robust academic support model backed by an expert faculty that actively engages the students in developing and demonstrating real-world competence."
Argosy University's program is further distinguished by support students will receive in the form of a Personal Progress Mentor. The mentors are provided as a resource to effectively guide each student through his or her program. The model is designed to allow qualified students to
quickly move through the program unimpeded by traditional session or semester limitations, thus reducing the time it takes to complete a degree. Students progress through the program at a pace suited to their personal situations. This program can help students complete their studies more quickly at a lower cost than a traditional program.
The program was developed with the support and input of the University's National Professional Advisory Board for the College of Business and was designed to match the standards set forth by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and the Lumina Degree
Launching the competency-based MBA program will be the first initiative of the newly-established Argosy University Center for Learning Innovation, a center for knowledge and innovation dedicated to developing and introducing personalized and inventive practices in higher
education that meet changing student, employer and market needs.
For more information, visit http://www.argosy.edu/info.
Argosy University Announces College of Clinical Psychology
In August of 2011, Argosy University realized its goal of transitioning its institutional accreditation to the *Western Association of Schools and College (WASC). A year later, the university expanded its presence, mission and focus with the addition of two new colleges, The
Art Institute of California and Western State College of Law at Argosy University. Now, we are pleased to announce the formation of the eighth college within Argosy University, the College of Clinical Psychology at Argosy University, which will be comprised of the university's clinical psychology programs, to include the 11 Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) and their embedded Master of Arts in
Clinical Psychology programs.
The Illinois School of Professional Psychology was founded 35 years ago by a group of psychologists, educators, and other professionals who called for a clinical psychology degree that emphasized teaching and practical training over the research-oriented approach of the
traditional PhD degree. A number of clinical psychology programs were formed at other campuses using this practitioner-scholar model that would, in 2001, be renamed under Argosy University as the American Schools of Professional Psychology (ASPP). ASPP has remained an integral part of Argosy University, continuing to offer mental health education that prepares a diverse group of students for emerging roles in the field of
professional psychology. In homage to the history of the PsyD programs, we made the decision in 2010 to return to the "legacy" names for these programs and to form similar names for the school at campuses that did not have those legacy names.
Now, as they transition to form the College of Clinical Psychology at Argosy University, it is our goal that these programs will build on their pioneering tradition in the field of professional psychology and strengthen their role in educating clinical psychologists and in the
*Agency name change as of July 2013 to Senior College and University Commission of the Western Association of Schools and College.
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Salt Lake City Campus
Honored as Best of State
Three members of the Argosy University, Salt Lake City campus received awards in the Education category for the 2013 Best of State Utah Awards. Within the Education category of the awards, Jennifer Solosko, Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy student, was named
"Best of State" in the College/University Student category. Adjunct Professor Paul Carver, MC, LCMHC was honored in the Adjunct Professor category. Elizabeth Fawcett, Ph.D., Vice President of Academic Affairs at Argosy University, Salt Lake City was named in the Administrator category of the awards.
The Best of State Awards were created to recognize outstanding individuals, organizations and businesses in Utah. By recognizing excellence in the community and sharing examples of success and triumph in so many worthy endeavors, the organization, "hopes all will be
inspired to reach a little higher, to try a little harder, and to work a little smarter for their dreams and goals," according to its web site.
The Best of State Judges sought out individuals, businesses, and organizations that excel in their endeavors, use innovative approaches or methods and contribute to a better quality of life in Utah. Entries were judged based as follows:
• (50%) Achievement in the field of endeavor.
• (30%) Innovation or creativity in approaches, techniques, methods, or processes.
• (20%) Contribution to the quality of life in Utah.
According to the Best of State organization, candidates make Utah a better place. Community service, charitable contributions (financial or goods and services), family-friendly employment policies, environmentally sound practices or policies, increased employment opportunities,
community beautification, education, contribution to a strong economy, and cultural contributions are just a few ways people and organizations make Utah a better place to live and work.
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Dr. Shanan Roth
Dr. Shanan Roth's career has always been
dedicated to serving the needs of her country. She began her professional life working for the Department of Defense on Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, as a C-130 Aircraft Logistics Management Specialist. Today, she serves as a Clinical Neuropsychologist for the Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center and has dedicated her life to helping wounded warriors and their families deal with
traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Roth, a 2002 Doctor of Psychology in Neuropsychology
graduate of the Georgia School of Professional Psychology
at Argosy University, Atlanta has worked with the Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center for the past 10 years as a clinical neuropsychologist. "I work on a rehabilitation team, which provides care to our service members who have received traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and other life-threatening injuries while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan," says Roth. "In my current job, I am the program coordinator
for the Polytrauma Brain Injury Day (PBID) program, which is an outpatient, post-acute interdisciplinary rehabilitation program designed to assist with community reintegration of veterans after traumatic brain injury. I provide comprehensive neuropsychological assessment of veterans with TBI, as well as psychoeducation to family members. Additionally, I serve as the Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 17 Traumatic
Brain Injury Clinical Coordinator, which means that I help to coordinate care and services for our veterans among all of the healthcare systems in a large geographic region, which spans from San Antonio, Texas to the southern-most part of Oklahoma. There is no greater honor than to serve those who have served this country."
"One of the high points of my career is being nominated and appointed as the Presiding Officer (Chair) of the Texas TBI Advisory Council, a position appointed by the Executive Commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission," says Roth. In addition, Roth
serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. She is licensed as a psychologist in both Texas and Georgia.
"My education at Argosy University gave me exceptional assessment skills, and far more neuropsychological assessment hours than many of my peers coming from other academic programs," says Roth. "Argosy University offered a neuropsychology track, which included
practicum placements at some of the most renowned rehabilitation and medical centers in the country. Their professional relationship with these various practicum sites allowed me to select those sites which most closely matched my own career goals. This allowed me to individually tailor my degree program to meet my professional goals and is something that not all programs offer. The wide diversity of practicum sites, as
well as exceptional faculty and adjunct professors with years of experience in their chosen fields, gives Argosy University students an advantage over many other academic programs."
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Dr. Orlando Rivero
Dr. Orlando Rivero is influencing the
academic world using
the knowledge and skills he learned from Argosy University,
Sarasota. Rivero, a 2005 Doctor of Business Administration
in Management graduateof Argosy University, Sarasota
serves as the Director of the Business Department at Carlos
Abilzu University in Miami, Florida.
"During the time I was searching for a doctoral program,
I was looking for a program that would fit into my family
and day-to-day responsibilities. I was also looking for an
institution of learning that would academically challenge
me to pursue my outer limits. Through its faculty members,
I was able to learn the importance of academic research.
Most importantly, the faculty had years of industry
experience, which made sense to attend Argosy University
to complete my degree program," commented Rivero.
Before attending Argosy University, Rivero was employed for the Miami-Dade County government for 20 years where he received the 2004 National Association of Counties (NACO) Achievement Award for the implementation of several community driven programs in Miami-Dade County, Florida.
While employed at Miami Dade County government, Rivero graduated with a Master of Public Administration from Nova Southeastern University. He later went on to further his education by graduating in 2005 with a Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) in Management from Argosy University, Sarasota. From there, Rivero went on to work for multiple universities across the country assisting with implementation of public
administration and management courses as well as sitting on several dissertation committees.
Currently, Rivero is the Director of the Business Department at Carlos Abilzu University in Miami, Florida. As the Director, he oversees undergraduate and graduate programs for over 150 students. He also helped establish curriculum designs for the first Bachelor of Business
Administration (BBA)/Master of Business Administration (MBA) online programs, revised and updated curriculums for all upper division BBA and MBA courses, doubled the number of faculty with terminal degrees, increased BBA/MBA enrollment by 50% within a year period, and established Future Business Leaders of America and Phi Beta Lambda Society and Sigma Delta Honor Society among other accomplishments.
"I was able to make a career change at the age of 40 years old and continue to reach my career goals and objectives. This would not have been possible if I had not taken the initiative to complete my DBA program at Argosy University," commented Rivero on how Argosy
University made a difference within his life. "Stay focused and continue to inspire to be. I thought I knew what I truly wanted to become, but Argosy University allowed me to pursue my goals and objective further. Choosing Argosy University to complete my DBA program was a wise decision then and thank goodness I followed my intuition."
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Alumni Relation News
Argosy University Alumni Insurance Benefits Program
Argosy University has partnered with Marsh U.S. Consumer, a service of Seabury & Smith, and Liberty Mutual to present a variety of insurance options to alumni including, Liberty Mutual Home & Auto as well as Life, Health, Short Term Medical, Pet and other insurance
offered by various carriers. Argosy University has established this partnership in order to enhance the services and benefits available to our graduates. Neither Argosy University nor Education Management LLC receive financial support for allowing Marsh and Liberty Mutual to offer this insurance program to Argosy University alumni. For more information, click here or call 888-560-ALUM (2586). These special opportunities are available only for Argosy University alumni.
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Argosy University, Nashville Student Honored by Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development
Argosy University, Nashville student, Anna Edgeston, has been given the 2013 Emerging Graduate Student Leader Award from the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD). Edgeston is a student in the Doctor of Education in Counselor Education &
Supervision program at the university.
AMCD seeks to develop programs specifically to improve ethnic and racial empathy and understanding. Its activities are designed to advance and sustain personal growth and improve educational opportunities for members from diverse cultural backgrounds. The Emerging Graduate
Student Leader Award honors an AMCD student member who has demonstrated a commitment to multicultural counseling and development through outstanding scholarship, service, or leadership.
AMCD is charged with the responsibility of defending human and civil rights as prescribed by law. It encourages changing attitude and enhancing understanding of cultural diversity. Provisions are made for in-service and pre-service training for members and for others in the
profession. Efforts are made to strengthen members professionally and enhance their ability to serve as behavioral change agents. Operationalization of Multicultural Counseling Competencies by AMCD represents a benchmark for the counseling profession and the American Counseling Association.
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Denver Student Takes Her Studies to Africa
Argosy University, Denver student Leslie Kane is combining her work in scientific research and her education in behavioral studies with her love of elephants. Kane, a student in the Doctor of Education in Counselor Education & Supervision program at the university, is
spending three weeks in the Mushara area of Etosha National Park, Namibia this summer studying elephant behavior. Her experiences there will inform her doctoral research, which is focused on memory and behavior in African elephants.
The project, entitled the Mushara Elephant Expedition 2013, is a part of an ongoing study conducted by Utopia Scientific scientists and contributing volunteers, in partnership with Stanford University and supported by the Oakland Zoo where elephants of the Mushara area of
Etosha National Park have been monitored at several different levels to better understand their social structure, communication and health. The study aims to apply knowledge learned to improve care of elephants in captivity and ultimately to aid the cause of elephant conservation in the wild.
Through this endeavor, over 150 known bulls and more than 15 family groups have been cataloged and studied to understand the importance of long distance communication in both the air and ground and the influence and stability of hierarchies within and between groups. Also studied
were the interplay of hormones, hormone suppression and dominance, the role of musth in male society and reproductive health, as well as the influence of relatedness on male associations and bonding. Hormone profiles are linked to observed behaviors and behavioral trends throughout each field season in order to better understand the influence of social and environmental stress on individual behavior as well as at the
population level. A camera trap was recently installed on the Mushara research tower in order to document group sizes, association patterns and musth duration throughout the year.
Mushara is a remote water point in Estosha National Park that is closed to the public. While there, Kane is residing in a 10 x 10 meter camp that hosts three research students from the United States and one from University of Namibia, as well as expedition leader and research
world-renowned elephant expert, Caitlin O'Connell-Rodwell, who teaches at the Stanford University School of Medicine. They sleep in tents on the bottom layer of a temporary three-story tower. The second layer of the tower is a 360 degree observation point. The top layer houses the solar panels that provide power to the camp.
The camp has no plumbing, but does have a constant stream of wildlife ranging from birds to lions, all day and night. The camp has a "bush" toilet and shower, and is enclosed in a boma (hide) fence and an electric fence.
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