Category: Areas of Study

Kaneesha Rourke, Health sciences degree alumni

Kaneesha Roarke somehow always knew she belonged in the health care field. She decided to pursue higher education with Excelsior College to obtain a job in this career field, and although her educational journey has contained some hard obstacles to overcome, her dedication and support from instructors has helped her to earn two degrees. Roarke, …

David Foster, Master of Science in Criminal Justice Faculty

You can often find David Foster on his 36-acre winery in Central Virginia, growing grapes, making wine, and operating the 1950s corncrib-style barn-turned-tasting room. But there’s another side to Foster; the former Army civilian enjoys passing on his knowledge of criminal justice to others. Thanks to his background and guidance, Excelsior College students leave his …

Master of Science in Cybersecurity graduate Kathryn Rice Gillis at commencement

Katharin Rice-Gillis has had her share of tragedy—from having a grandparent murdered to losing a son—but she hasn’t let that keep her from achieving her goals. Through ups and downs, she has managed to successfully wear many hats as a sailor, mother, soldier, wife, and student, and was able to complete her educational goals as …

psychology of personality tests

Personality tests are used for research and job placement but more often for personal entertainment. The good news is that the evidence-based personality tests are highly accurate when used in an appropriate manner. The bad news is that many personality tests the average person encounters are often used in ways that are not only inappropriate …

Amanda Alfred, MBA grad

Amanda Alfred MBA ’17 began working for Prudential Financial Inc. in Livingston, New Jersey, five years after graduating from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She came from a large family of nine children that had emigrated from Guyana. Education was very important to them, and she was fortunate to go to college, but couldn’t even think about …

what is magnet status

What is Magnet status and what does it mean to nurses? Does having the designation improve the work environment? Does it mean recognition for staff? Better patient care and outcomes? How difficult is it to achieve? To maintain? What impact on my day-to-day responsibilities will there be in a Magnet organization? What is Magnet Status? …

Walter Were, BS in Liberal Arts grad

When Walter Were was young, he wanted to be a successful businessman and community leader when he grew up. Were says his definition of “success” doesn’t equal the material possessions he’s acquired, but rather how well he can answer the question: “What is your contribution to society?” The 2005 Excelsior graduate has contributed much as …

Jim Holton, History Faculty

Higher education has changed a lot since instructional faculty member Jim Holton attended college, especially in the realm of technology. For example, when he started college, students still used a card catalog and computers to search for items elsewhere in the library. Now, information is readily available at students’ fingertips. Holton understands that students communicate …

Graduate Ken DesForges is now Excelsior College Faculty

Being a former student, Ken Desforges—a 2010 BS in Information Technology graduate—understands firsthand the kinds of obstacles Excelsior College students must overcome to pursue their education. Now, as a member of the faculty, he can help students succeed, using both that firsthand knowledge and the unique experience gleaned from years of instructing and developing courses. …