Thursday, November 21, 2013
Change can be good, but come January 1, 2014 changes to Army Tuition Assistance will affect benefits for current servicemembers. Here's how:
- Soldiers cannot use TA until after successfully completing their first year in the Army after graduation from AIT.
- The covered semester hours will change from 18 to 16, which means TA funding amounts will also change.
In the Army for Less Than One Year?
To secure TA, you must complete orientation and enroll by November 27, 2013 to meet the December 2nd start date.
In the Army For More Than One Year?
There have been many changes this year - act now so that you can utilize TA before any more are made.
Enroll now before the change and take advantage of your Army TA benefits today.
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Friday, November 15, 2013
By Mary Dereshiwsky, PhD
Professor of Business, AAU
When we think of a job, we usually see it as the result of completing our online business degree program. However, when we see that job as bringing valuable professional experiences to our learning environment, we can use it as a driving force for success. Here is how to leverage your job experiences to help ensure success in your Allied American University studies.
You may think that your learning will come from textbooks. While that’s definitely part of it, your real-world business experience counts a great deal, too.
In your AAU classroom, you will have many opportunities to share examples from your everyday job. From posting your experiences as they relate to discussion topics included in your course, to using your on-the-job expertise to concept ideas to further research written assignments, your experience will create a great foundation for applying the ideas you are learning in your AAU classroom.
Additionally, this will make book learning come alive as you discover ways to apply what you are learning at AAU to your job. See? You already know more than you think!
Inquiring Minds Want to Know
A successful business person does not hesitate to collect necessary information before making an informed decision. As part of doing this, he or she will ask questions. Your AAU professors stand ready to help you with questions about your learning materials. All you have to do is ask!
Just as in a business scenario, asking for help can resolve a small problem before it turns into a major roadblock. Asking for what you need, such as an answer to a question or help with finding additional resources for an assignment or paper, will help prevent problems on your path to successful learning with AAU.
Reporting For Duty
The best way to stay alert to new developments at your job is to be continually present. We have all heard the phrase “management by walking around.” Staying connected to your job site and coworkers means you are aware of everything you need to know to succeed at your job. It’s the same principle with your AAU course.
We know life becomes mega-hectic at times with the many obligations we juggle as busy adult learners. At the same time, this is where the relative flexibility of your AAU classroom really helps you to stay connected despite your hectic calendar. We are not tied down to a fixed day, time and place to “all study together” as in the traditional in-person classroom. The AAU classroom provides you more leeway to pace your learning.
Similar to a business leader working ahead on upcoming deadlines, so you should also try to start as early in the week on your study responsibilities. Also consider the time you will save not having to commute after a busy work day to an in-person evening class. Add to this carving out some of that time to get a jumpstart on the week’s reading or discussions, and you’d be surprised how these seemingly small blocks of time add up to help you reach your goal!
Taking The Pulse
All workplaces have some form of evaluating employees. Such evaluations are an opportunity to learn what you are doing well and find out how you can do even better. Admittedly, this evaluation process is met with trepidation at some workplaces!
At AAU our goals are very different. When you receive feedback on your assignments, the instructor’s intent is to help you be your best. This means telling you what you did well, and coaching you on how to improve.
Although challenging, it is recommended that you see such evaluations as a positive opportunity. Read your assignment feedback carefully to see what your instructor suggests for improving in a given area. Assume that the intent is to bring out your best performance, which will help you receive this coaching in the spirit intended. If you are not clear on your instructor’s feedback, don’t hesitate to ask for clarification.
Most businesses have a dress code with the intention to convey a sense of professionalism and importance in what is said and done in that workplace. The equivalent of a dress code in your online classroom at AAU will be good writing skills.
How you “package” your written assignments and discussion postings will either enhance or detract from the content. This is especially critical in our asynchronous classrooms where we communicate only in writing. Making sure that written communication is as clear and correct as possible will enable you to show off your ideas to maximum impact. This includes proper grammar, punctuation, sentence and paragraph structure, and correct APA citation style.
If your instructor gives you feedback on how to improve in these areas, don’t be offended. Instead, seize it as an opportunity to “look your best” when presenting your learning ideas in writing!
I’d like to end this post with a quote from my own high school principal that was her trademark - “Work works wonders.” With appropriate effort and application of these strategies that you are already using in your workplace, you can be a success not only on the job but also in your AAU degree program.
We wish you well in your studies and are committed to your success!
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Wednesday, October 30, 2013
By Brian Danigole, MS
Professor, Criminal Justice, AAU
What if you had an expert view into the world of terrorism? You would know its history and have insight into how terrorism has impacted the United States and global world. The Understanding Terrorism course from Allied American University provides you with this knowledge for your Criminal Justice degree, as well as the information you need to deal with terrorism and prepare for a possible Criminal Justice career in local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.
It is important for students to understand how terrorism affects all aspects of law enforcement. The United States is the melting pot of the world and law enforcement practitioners come into daily contact with people of all different races, ethnicities and religions. It is important for them to understand the signs of a terrorist attack and act swiftly, ethically, professionally and have the knowledgebase to effectively investigate these crimes. Law enforcement practitioners must also understand that terrorism is not just something that happens in other countries – it can and does take place on United States soil; some terrorists were born and raised in the United States, or have lived here for many years, allowing them to assimilate into the communities and lifestyle of its citizens.
By having knowledge of terrorism, law enforcement practitioners have a huge advantage in recognizing the signs of a terrorist attack, being able to respond to it, minimize loss of life or damage and ensure a successful prosecution of the case. Agencies at the federal level such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Central Intelligence Agency, and the many different agencies that make up the Department of Homeland Security, are on the front lines of the war against terrorism. Local and state law enforcement agencies have their own terrorism-related units and assist federally sponsored task forces in disrupting and dismantling domestic and international terrorist plots all over the country.
Through their law enforcement experience, from the local to federal levels, the Criminal Justice instructors of AAU provide you with a unique insight into law enforcement and the investigation of terrorist crimes. They have frontline experience which complements the academic side of learning with real world examples, expert views on terrorism and how to address it within the Criminal Justice field.
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Tuesday, October 15, 2013
By George Ackerman, PhD
AAU, Department of Criminal Justice
When you have decided to pursue a Criminal Justice degree with Allied American University, you begin by exploring the law enforcement segment of the criminal justice system via Intro to Law Enforcement. By examining the history and development of law enforcement, especially within the United States, the course provides a comprehensive review on how it is applied daily in multiple fields and careers.
Students new to the law enforcement field, as well as those who are already in it, can explore its elements and improve critical thinking and academic skills such as writing and public speaking, as well as crucial needs for an agent or officer.
As a police officer, my daily routine and law enforcement activities are described and detailed throughout Intro to Law Enforcement, from patrol to ethics in the field. The course explores the overall law enforcement system and adds value by discussing the three portions of the law enforcement realm and Criminal Justice field including policing, corrections and the courts.
Additionally, my view as a lawyer of the vital aspects of daily law enforcement issues includes standpoints from legal issues, workplace violence and the importance of jurisdiction from the local, state and federal levels of policing. I also discuss possible careers that stem from criminal justice, such as attorney, paralegal, corrections, police officer or sheriff deputy. A career as a federal law enforcement agent can include working within agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Secret Service and Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
In addition, Intro to Law Enforcement can:
- Help students discover what the police academy is
- Understand the training required to enter the law enforcement field
- Learn communication skills, computer advances and gain knowledge of the U.S. courts and legal process
- Help students understand major portions of the Criminal Justice system
- Assist with understanding what policing and patrol are
- Develop an appreciation of each court system level
- Provide the skill-set and knowledge necessary to prepare students for entry into law enforcement
- Offer promotional opportunities for those currently employed in law enforcement to excel into special unit and rise in department ranks
Intro to Law Enforcement is only the beginning of your education. From here you have a multitude of areas and Criminal Justice careers from which to discover your own niche within the field.
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Friday, September 13, 2013
Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named Allied American University to the coveted Military Friendly Schools® list. The 2014 Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.
“Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools® shows Allied American University’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, Vice President at Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran. “The need for education is growing and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.” Complete survey methodology is available at militaryfriendlyschools.com/Article/methodology-press-kit.
The Military Friendly Schools® media and website, found at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com, feature the list, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences. The 1,868 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience. These schools have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility and other services to those who served.
Now in its fifth year, the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools ® was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for VA tuition funding. The survey results that comprise the 2014 list were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media. Each year schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country. A full list of board members can be found at http://militaryfriendlyschools.com/board.
A full story and detailed list of 2014 Military Friendly Schools® will be highlighted in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools ®, distributed in print and digital format to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in early October.
ABOUT Victory Media Inc
Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business that has been serving the military community since 2001. Our data-driven Military Friendly® lists are published in G.I. Jobs, Military Spouse, Vetrepreneur media channels, republished in periodicals like USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Bloomberg BW and are frequently cited on national TV by NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and others.
American University to the coveted Military Friendly Schools® list. The 2014 Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.
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Thursday, September 12, 2013
Sometimes the biggest surprises come when you least expect them. For Allied American University Program Success Advocate Brett Gaines, the small unassuming box he received this summer was just that.
“Out of the blue, they brought me a box,” said Gaines, a hands-on guide for many AAU students navigating degree and certificate programs.
Inside the package was a certificate of appreciation and a folded American flag from United States Forces Garrison Command in Afghanistan. AAU student, CSM Glen Stinar, had sent the package in appreciation for Gaines’ countless hours spent ensuring he successfully completes his degree program.
According to the certificate, the flag was flown on the 4th of July 2013 in Kandahar. The reaction of receiving such an accolade was not lost on Gaines.
“I was shocked initially, then in awe and amazed. It was meaningful for him (Stinar) to do this. I was brought to tears, almost,” said Gaines, who likens his AAU role to being a coach.
“It’s important that they (the students) have someone to rely on.”
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Friday, September 6, 2013
What Will Happen on October 1st?
When October 1 rolls around, it is anyone’s guess on what the final decision about Military Tuition Assistance (TA) will be. And while certain aspects of TA for Airmen have remained the same, others have changed. Here is what you need to know.
The amount of Military Tuition assistance benefits remains static. Airmen are still 100% funded up $250 per semester hour, and up to $4,500 annually. However, eligibility requirements have changed. Military TA will be automatically denied for Airmen with the following:
- Unfavorable information files
- Failed physical fitness tests, referral enlisted performance reports and officer performance reports
- Placement on a control roster
Additionally, Airmen will no longer be able to apply directly to the education office. Now, all TA requests will first be directed to a supervisor for approval. In spite of the additional steps when applying for TA, the benefits are available now and should be utilized while you still have them. The application window for TA assistance begins September 9, 2013 for Airmen who apply to classes that start October 1 or later.
Don’t wait and see what happens on October 1 – call Allied American University today at 888-384-0848 to begin your admissions process and start your October classes.
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Tuesday, July 16, 2013
With the recent increase in student loan rates and the general consensus that college is becoming more and more expensive
, it’s understandably difficult to know where to turn for your education, and how best to evaluate your options (The Washington Post
, July 2, 2013). This is your future after all; your choices. We care about those choices. We want what is best for you, your family, your aspirations, and future. If that doesn't align with what we have to offer at Allied American University, we understand. But we think we have a pretty good argument for choosing AAU, even with the aforementioned news about higher costs and student loan rate increases.
We’re in a unique position to offer prospective college students flexible and convenient options to earn a college degree affordably. Here’s why:
Stable Tuition Rates
As a private university, we aren't prone to the consistent hikes in tuition you find in the University of California and Cal State University systems. Our tuition rates are pretty darn stable and always budget-friendly.
Don’t Spend Money on Gas
As a 100% online university, students don’t need to spend money on gas to get to class. Your class is in your home, or the coffee shop down the road, or in the comfort of your own backyard.
No-Interest Payment Plans
At Allied American University, in addition to the affordable tuition and financial aid options, we offer no-interest payment plans. Graduate without any debt!
Overall Costs Beat Competitors
If you look at our Estimated Cost of Attendance
chart, you’ll see clearly that we’re a cost-conscious alternative to state and community colleges.
Budget-Friendly Scholarships (Coming soon! Available 7/29!)
We also offer scholarships for students that excel academically. These include:
- GPA Achievement Scholarship:
- 3.0 or higher after every 24 credits completed = $500 scholarship
- $1000 in scholarships for an associate degree; $2000 in scholarships for a bachelor’s degree
- Academic Excellence Transfer Scholarship:
- Transfer GPA is 3.5+
- Minimum of 24 or more college credits transfer to program
- Must be pursuing a bachelor’s degree
- Maintain 3.3 GPA each semester
- Must attend full-time and maintain continuous scholarship
- $500 each semester; could earn up to $6000 total in scholarships
Plus, students benefit from class availability, transfer credits, open enrollment, live student support, and other reasons why AAU is the right choice for you
For more information about saving money by earning a degree at AAU, please give us a call at (888) 384-0849.
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Over the last couple of months, military Tuition Assistance (TA) has been on quite the erratic journey. First we had it, then it went away, and now it’s back, but with one caveat. To clear everything up and to ensure you are receiving the information you need to make the proper decisions about your military education, below you’ll find the latest information on your military TA funds.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW NOW
Tuition Assistance is back, but it may change. Come October 1, 2013, most of the service branches have stated that after October 1, TA may not be safe from cuts. This means you may not have the coverage you have now.
With 12 weeks until the new fiscal year, you can’t wait. Take advantage of your benefits while the full amount is still available!
TA UPDATES FOR THE SERVICE BRANCHES
On April 8, 2013, the Marine Corps restored military Tuition Assistance to full funding: a maximum rate per individual of no more than $250 per semester hour and $4,500 annually. This will remain for the rest of the 2013 fiscal year.
The Army was the first to suspend Tuition Assistance but has since restored it. Army students can receive up to $250 per semester hour and $4,500 annually.
One day after the Army suspended TA, Air Force followed. But it has since returned. Air Force students can receive up to $250 per semester hour and $4,500 annually.
The Navy was the only service that didn’t suspend TA. According to Navy officials, the “intent for fiscal year 2014 is to keep funding 100 percent of TA
The Coast Guard is back at 100% TA coverage, up to $250 per semester hour or up to a maximum of $4,500 per fiscal year, but with a few eligibility changes
National Guard and Reserve
Like most of the other services, TA was suspended for National Guard and Reserve service members, but is now back at 100% funding. Come fiscal year 2014, the coverage may change.
ALTERNATIVE COLLEGE FUNDING OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE TOO
- Active-Duty Montgomery G.I. Bill
- Post 9/11 G.I. Bill
- Pell Grants
- Federal Direct Stafford Loans
To take advantage of your military TA before the year runs out, please give us a call at (888) 384-0849
. Also be sure to read our Service Members’ Guide to Education
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