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Walden University Introduces New Tempo Learning™ Competency-Based Programs

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Online MBA and MHA degree programs for working professionals offered in a self-paced educational platform

MINNEAPOLIS, April 11, 2016 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – Walden University, a pioneer in online education, is introducing two new programs offered through Tempo Learning™, its self-paced educational experience for students who want to earn their degree on their terms. In the competency-based Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) programs, students can progress at their own pace by applying their existing knowledge and prior experience while focusing on mastering the new skills they need to meet the demands of the workforce.

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Tempo Learning is composed of competencies and rigorous assessments that have been designed by faculty and validated by employers—creating a direct link between education and the workplace. Students receive individualized help from faculty members and academic coaches while working on their own to pass assessments designed to reflect the needs of the workplace. Successful students can demonstrate their learning and speed their progress toward earning their degree. Unlike traditional degree programs, where time and cost are fixed, Tempo Learning gives students the ability to accelerate their learning and reduce the cost of their degree.

“Our new competency-based MBA and MHA programs will give students the timely skills and knowledge they need to apply at work. We developed our Tempo Learning programs with the help of industry and academic experts in business and healthcare to create a unique learning experience. Now, students will spend less time on what they already know and use their professional experience—with support from Walden faculty—to advance more quickly toward completing their degree,” said Jonathan Kaplan, president of Walden.

Jobs for medical and health services administrators and managers are projected to grow 17% from 2014 to 2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Walden’s online, competency-based MHA program is designed to help students prepare to meet the demand for effective, visionary healthcare leaders, as they develop skills and knowledge to apply immediately to advance their career in this rapidly changing field. Competencies touch on all facets of healthcare administration, from laws and ethics, to operations management and human resources, to financial management and strategic planning.

Walden’s ACBSP-accredited competency-based Master of Business Administration (MBA) program will launch with a specialization in Project Management. The program is designed to provide working professionals and entrepreneurs with the vital business and leadership skills they need to keep up with the pace of innovation in an increasingly global market. This self-paced online program allows students to learn and advance by mastering a series of competencies grouped in areas of expertise including innovation for growth, leadership and management, systems and performance, strategic and financial management, and project management.

Walden’s initial Tempo Learning™ offering, a competency-based MS in Early Childhood Studies with a specialization in Administration, Management and Leadership, is the nation’s first online competency-based master’s program in early childhood using a direct assessment model.

To learn more about Tempo Learning and its growing portfolio of competency-based programs, visit www.WaldenU.edu/tempolearning.

About Walden University
For more than 45 years, Walden University has supported working professionals in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and their communities. Today, more than 52,600 students from all 50 states and more than 155 countries are pursuing their bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degrees online at Walden. The university offers more than 80 degree programs with more than 390 specializations and concentrations. Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. For more information, visit www.WaldenU.edu.

Walden is the flagship online university in the Laureate International Universities network—a global network of more than 80 campus-based and online universities in 28 countries. For more information, visit www.laureate.net.

CONTACT: Jerry Sweitzer, 1-410-843-6576, jerry.sweitzer@waldenu.edu

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Walden University Scholars of Change Demonstrate the Impact of Positive Social Change

$55,000 awarded to students and alumni whose inspiring videos document efforts to make a difference

MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Walden University Scholars of Change focus on the future, whether they are transforming the way children learn, mentoring, or improving living conditions for others. More than 175 Walden University students and alumni submitted inspiring videos of social change in their communities for the university’s 2014 Scholars of Change video contest. These scholars—along with hundreds of their fellow video contributors—are supporting Walden’s mission by putting their knowledge to use for the greater good.

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Five scholars each received $7,500 plus a $2,500 donation to the charity of their choice. The 2014 Scholars of Change are:

  • Jazmin Chi-Aguillon, B.S. in Business Administration graduate from Altamira, Tamaulipas, Mexico. She founded LevGrow, an organization that improves education for children by transforming how they learn culture and values through stories, games, interactive toys and animated videos. Her charity donation will go to Shanxi University in China.
  • Heather Hefner, Ph.D. in Psychology graduate from Cortland, Ohio. A clinical psychologist, she partners with Refuge, an after-school program run primarily by volunteers who donate their time for the sole purpose of mentoring, to provide mental health support for children in her community. Her charity donation will go to Refuge.
  • Benjamin Isaac, Doctor of Education student from Augusta, Georgia. Inspired by his daughter, who has cerebral palsy, he is creating an animated show featuring children with special needs with the goal to positively impact and influence children with special needs. His charity donation will go to the T.W. Josey Comprehensive High School.
  • Dorsey Kendrick, Ph.D. in Education graduate from New Haven, Connecticut. As president of Gateway Community College, she works to impact its more than 8,000 students and connect the college to the surrounding community. Her charity donation will go to the Gateway Community College Foundation.
  • Carol Zoffinger, Ph.D. in Human Services student from Lakeland, Florida. As founder of the nonprofit organization Zoe’s Journey, she provides a safe place to help women and their children rebuild their lives after addiction, incarceration or homelessness, changing generations to come. Her charity donation will go to Zoe’s Journey.

Other inspiring stories of social change from Walden students and alumni include 10 additional scholars, who each received $500.

  • Joy Bliss, Ph.D. in Management graduate from Honolulu. She took nursing students to impoverished Micronesia to provide needed healthcare.
  • Yvette Castell, Doctor of Business Administration student from Kingston, Jamaica. She volunteers in her Jamaican community as a teacher and mentor.
  • Lynn Cockburn, Ph.D. in Public Health and Master of Public Health graduate from Toronto. She is improving services for people with disabilities in Africa.
  • Karanja Crews, Doctor of Education student from Portland, Oregon. He turns his passion for hip-hop music into an innovative literacy program.
  • Bobby Gueh, Ed.S. in College Teaching and Learning student from Buford, Georgia. He led a summer enrichment program for children in Liberia.
  • Lal Gunasinghe, Doctor of Business Administration graduate from Singapore. He is improving the English curriculum at a remote Sri Lankan school.
  • Kelly Kelley, M.S. in Education graduate from Fort Collins, Colorado. She opened a coffee shop with a mission of providing jobs for the homeless.
  • Natasha LaBeaud, Ph.D. in Public Health student from San Diego. She couples her love for running with a passion to prevent childhood obesity.
  • Candice McDonald, Ph.D. in Human Services student from Salem, Ohio. A volunteer EMT and firefighter, she creates positive social change in the fire service.
  • Martina St-Germain Auguste, B.S. in Public Health student from Lacombe, Alberta, Canada. She provides clean water and improves living conditions in Haiti.

All 15 Scholars of Change videos are available for viewing online at www.WaldenU.edu/scholarsvideos.

The Scholars of Change program began in 2009 when Walden invited students and alumni to submit short videos showing how they were applying their Walden education and experience to create positive social change in their communities and around the globe.

About Walden University
For more than 40 years, Walden University has supported working professionals in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and their communities. Today, more than 47,800 students from all 50 states and more than 150 countries are pursuing their bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees online at Walden. The university provides students with an engaging educational experience that connects them with expert faculty and peers around the world. Walden is the flagship online university in the Laureate International Universities network—a global network of more than 80 campus-based and online universities in 29 countries.

Walden offers more than 80 degree programs with more than 370 specializations and concentrations. Areas of study include health sciences, counseling, human services, management, psychology, social work, education, public health, nursing, public administration and information technology. For more information, visit www.WaldenU.edu. Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.ncahlc.org.

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Walden University Survey Reveals Younger Adults Are Believed To Be More Passionate About Positive Social Change

Insights also indicate that older adults are seen as being able to make more of a difference than younger adults

MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – A young person’s passion can be powerful when it comes to positive social change, but knowledge and experience from older adults are necessary to transform it into action. According to Walden University’s 2014 Social Change Impact Report, a majority of adults (66%, on average) believe that younger adults are more passionate about positive social change than older adults, and 61%, on average, agree that young adults today are more involved in positive social change than they were 20 years ago.

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However, 57%, on average, agree that when it comes to positive social change, older adults can make more of a difference than younger adults. Paradoxically, adults in the countries surveyed with the youngest populations most likely agree: Brazil (62%), China (73%), India (71%), Jordan (52%) and Mexico (67%).

Commissioned by Walden and conducted online by Harris Poll June 1–17, 2014, the fourth annual survey about the state of social change around the world includes the perspectives of more than 9,000 adults in Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Jordan, Mexico and the United States. This year’s report builds on the findings from the 2011–2013 reports and was designed to examine people’s perceptions of the impact of their engagement in positive social change.

Although six in 10 adults believe that older adults can have a greater impact on social change than younger adults, nearly as many believe that older adults are more resistant to innovation. Half of adults (53%, on average) agree that older adults are not willing to try new ideas to make a difference in positive social change. Nevertheless, nearly nine in 10 adults (86%, on average) agree that in order for positive social change to happen, it is necessary for older adults to share their knowledge and experience about social change with younger adults.

“Regardless of age, everyone can play an important role in the future of positive social change. At Walden University, we believe knowledge is most valuable when put to use for the greater good, and we prepare the next generations of change agents with the skills and knowledge needed to make a difference in their communities and around the world,” said Dr. Cynthia Baum, president of Walden University. “Social change is important and continuous, especially if everyone does their part to create an enduring impact.”

In Brazil, China, Germany and the U.S., young millennials (18- to 24-year-olds) are more likely than older adults (over 40 years old) to agree that younger adults are more passionate about positive social change than older adults.

  • Brazil (18–24): 77% vs. (over 40): 61%
  • China (18–24): 73% vs. (over 40): 60%
  • Germany (18–24): 58% vs. (over 40): 42%
  • U.S. (18–24): 63% vs. (over 40): 48%

In Brazil, China, Germany and the U.S., millennials are more likely than older adults (over 40 years old) to agree that older adults are not willing to try new ideas to make a difference in positive social change.

  • Brazil (18–24): 56% vs. (over 40): 40%
  • China (18–24): 70% vs. (over 40): 58%
  • Germany (18–24): 54% vs. (over 40): 38%
  • U.S. (18–24): 53% vs. (over 40): 44%

In addition to shedding light on the roles of both younger and older generations in effecting positive social change, the 2014 Social Change Impact Report also gives insight into people’s perceptions of the impact of their engagement. For more detailed findings, visit www.WaldenU.edu/impactreport.

Since its founding in 1970, Walden has believed that knowledge is most valuable when put to use for the greater good and that educational institutions have an important role to play in supporting positive social change. As a result of these guiding principles, Walden has attracted a community of students and scholars who are actively engaged in all facets of positive social change—whether it’s through their profession, research aimed at making a difference in their fields or ongoing volunteerism. This report is one of the many ways that Walden is leading the conversation and contributing to positive social change worldwide. Visit www.WaldenU.edu/socialchange to learn more.

About the Study
Walden University first commissioned this annual survey in 2011 to discover the current state of social change around the world. Designed to provide a barometer of who is engaged in social change, what is important to them and how they work together to advance social change issues of interest now and in the future, Walden’s Social Change Impact Report includes attitudes, behaviors and motivations from members of the international community.

The 2014 Social Change Impact Report survey was conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of Walden University between June 1 and 17, 2014, among a total of 9,138 adults within Brazil (1,009 adults ages 18–64), Canada (1,003 adults ages 18–64), China (1,021 adults ages 18–64), Germany (1,000 adults ages 18–64), India (1,021 adults ages 18–64), Jordan (1,027 adults ages 18 and older), Mexico (1,020 adults ages 18–64), and the U.S. (2,037 adults ages 18 and older). Data for each country were weighted to the general or online population within each country. The “Average Result” is the arithmetic average across the countries. This measure does not account for differences in population size and thus is not representative. This online survey is not based on a probability sample, and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. A complete survey methodology is available upon request by contacting Jen Raider at 1-443-627-7452 or jen.raider@waldenu.edu.

About Walden University
For more than 40 years, Walden University has supported working professionals in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and their communities. Today, more than 50,000 students from all 50 states and more than 150 countries are pursuing their bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees online at Walden. The university provides students with an engaging educational experience that connects them with expert faculty and peers around the world. Walden is the flagship online university in the Laureate International Universities network—a global network of more than 80 campus-based and online universities in 29 countries.

Walden offers more than 80 degree programs with more than 370 specializations and concentrations. Areas of study include health sciences, counseling, human services, management, psychology, social work, education, public health, nursing, public administration and information technology. For more information, visit www.WaldenU.edu. Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.ncahlc.org.

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Walden University Offers New M.S. in Health Education and Promotion Program

Online master’s degree designed to meet the growing worldwide demand for health educators

MINNEAPOLIS, May 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – According to the World Health Organization (WHO), health education and promotion is crucial to improving outcomes in the prevention and control of disease and meeting the organization’s health-related Millennium Development Goals to help build a better world. Walden University’s new M.S. in Health Education and Promotion program, one of the few online master’s programs of its kind, can prepare students around the world with the skills and knowledge to advance their career and meet the growing worldwide demand for qualified health education specialists.

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“Global healthcare is moving from a reactive sick model of care to a more proactive preventive model, and qualified health education specialists are needed to help guide the effort through educating individuals and communities about health, wellness and illness prevention,” said Dr. Michelle Burcin,  director of the new program. “Walden’s M.S. in Health Education and Promotion helps prepare students to become qualified health education specialists, dedicated to helping others adopt healthy lifestyles, prevent injuries and disease, and improve their quality of life.”

Walden has designed this program to reflect the Seven Areas of Responsibility for Health Education Specialists outlined by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) and to prepare students to sit for the USA’s Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) exams.

The M.S. in Health Education and Promotion is similar to Walden’s Master of Public Health (MPH) program, but with an emphasis on communication and education, students explore emerging issues, core public health principles and best practices that they can apply globally to help encourage healthy behaviors, communities, and environments. Students can also choose a general program or specializations in Emergency Preparedness, Health Policy and Advocacy, and Self-Designed. These programs, along with the B.S. in Public Health, Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) and Ph.D. in Public Health, form one of the largest online suites of public health programs available today.

To help health services students and all other students achieve their goal of advancing their education, Walden is offering millions of dollars in grants, scholarships and tuition assistance when they start their program in 2014. To learn more about our online health degrees and  tuition assistance, call an enrollment advisor at 1-855-203-7874 or visit www.waldenu.edu.

About Walden University
For more than 40 years, Walden University has supported working professionals in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and their communities. Today, more than 50,000 students from all 50 states and more than 150 countries are pursuing their bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees online at Walden. The university provides students with an engaging educational experience that connects them with expert faculty and peers around the world. Walden is the flagship online university in the Laureate International Universities network—a global network of more than 75 campus-based and online universities in 30 countries.

Walden offers more than 80 degree programs with more than 370 specializations and concentrations. Areas of study include health sciences, counseling, human services, management, psychology, social work, education, public health, nursing, public administration and information technology. For more information, visit www.waldenu.edu. Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.ncahlc.org.

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CONTACT: Jerry Sweitzer, 1-410-843-6576, jerry.sweitzer@waldenu.edu

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Walden University Offers Millions of Dollars in Scholarships, Grants and Tuition Assistance

Savings opportunities help put a degree within reach for students across all online programs

MINNEAPOLIS, April 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — As part of its continuing commitment to make higher education accessible and affordable, Walden University is offering millions of dollars in tuition assistance in 2014 for online bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees across all programs through scholarships, grants and other tuition savings.

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“Our tuition savings opportunities, grants and scholarships are an investment in the future of our students and the communities they serve as advocates for positive social change. It is our hope that tuition assistance initiatives such as these can help put a degree within reach for students of all programs,” said Dr. Cynthia Baum, president of Walden.

This includes more than $1 million in a variety of merit-based scholarships to help students reach their educational goals. These scholarships are based on a student’s particular area of study and specific goals, and are available for education programs, health sciences and nursing programs, social work programs and management programs. In addition, scholarships are available for new online master’s and doctoral students who reflect Walden’s mission and demonstrate the capacity to effect positive social change.

“I am so grateful that Walden granted me a scholarship to pursue my Ed.D. with a specialization in Teacher Leadership. It has afforded me the opportunity to take what I’ve learned in 23 years of classroom teaching and expand the positive impact I can have on others in the world of education,” said Derek Olson, a recipient of a scholarship from The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership.

For additional information and eligibility requirements, contact an enrollment advisor at 1-855-203-7874 in the United States or see a list of international toll-free phone numbers. To learn more about Walden’s tuition savings opportunities, visit www.waldenu.edu/savings.

About Walden University
For more than 40 years, Walden University has supported working professionals in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and their communities. Today, more than 50,000 students from all 50 states and more than 150 countries are pursuing their bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees online at Walden. The university provides students with an engaging educational experience that connects them with expert faculty and peers around the world. Walden is the flagship online university in the Laureate International Universities network—a global network of more than 75 campus-based and online universities in 30 countries.

Walden offers more than 80 degree programs with more than 370 specializations and concentrations. Areas of study include health sciences, counseling, human services, management, psychology, social work, education, public health, nursing, public administration and information technology. For more information, visit www.waldenu.edu. Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.ncahlc.org.

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Walden University Adds New Research-Focused Ph.D. in Nursing

New program joins Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) to prepare new leaders for the nursing profession

MINNEAPOLIS, April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Continuous advancements in nursing science research, education and practice are increasing the demand for nurses with doctoral degrees. To help prepare new leaders in these expanding fields, Walden University is now offering an online Ph.D. in Nursing program for nursing professionals who want to directly impact nursing practice today or conduct cutting-edge research that improves patient care tomorrow.

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“In today’s complex healthcare environment, increasing importance is being placed on doctoral-level education to advance the science of nursing and the quality of patient care,” said Dr. Andrea Lindell, associate dean of the School of Nursing. “Through Walden’s Ph.D. in Nursing program, students can gain the credentials and interdisciplinary knowledge required to conduct research at the highest levels in their field, educate future nurses or shape healthcare policies, systems and processes.”

Students in the program will conduct original research that addresses increasingly complex healthcare issues, contribute to scientific nursing knowledge and help advance the nursing profession. Through multidisciplinary projects with other doctoral students from various health disciplines, students will develop the skills to lead or collaborate with diverse, cross-functional healthcare teams to promote positive change. Students can also develop advanced expertise in a focus area of their choice, such as Education, Healthcare Administration, Interdisciplinary Health, Leadership or Public Health Policy.

Walden’s new research-focused doctoral program joins the CCNE-accredited, practice-focused Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, which is designed to meet the country’s critical demand for doctoral-level nurses who can lead and mentor the next generation of nurses. The DNP program prepares nursing professionals to assume greater practice and leadership roles in healthcare organizations, promote a more effective and efficient healthcare system and evaluate and apply research that contributes to better patient outcomes.

Through Walden’s offering of both doctoral programs, students can now choose how they wish to play a key role in leading advancements in hospitals, educational institutions, public policy organizations, pharmaceutical companies and other health-related settings.

Walden’s portfolio of CCNE-accredited degree programs also includes the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program with specializations in Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Leadership and Management, Nursing Education and Nursing Informatics and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Completion Program.

To help nursing and all other students achieve their goal of advancing their education, Walden is offering millions of dollars in grants, scholarships and tuition assistance when they start their program in 2014. To learn more about our nursing programs and tuition assistance, call an enrollment advisor at 1-855-203-7874 or visit www.waldenu.edu.

About Walden University
For more than 40 years, Walden University has supported working professionals in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and their communities. Today, more than 50,000 students from all 50 states and more than 150 countries are pursuing their bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees online at Walden. The university provides students with an engaging educational experience that connects them with expert faculty and peers around the world. Walden is the flagship online university in the Laureate International Universities network—a global network of more than 75 campus-based and online universities in 30 countries.

Walden offers more than 80 degree programs with more than 370 specializations and concentrations. Areas of study include health sciences, counseling, human services, management, psychology, social work, education, public health, nursing, public administration and information technology. For more information, visit www.waldenu.edu. Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.ncahlc.org.

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CONTACT: Jerry Sweitzer, 1-410-843-6576, jerry.sweitzer@waldenu.edu

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Walden University Awards Scholarships to Five Haitian Students

Full-tuition certificate program opportunities reflect university’s mission of positive social change

MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — After the 2010 earthquake devastated Haiti, Walden University made a commitment to put its mission of social change into action by providing educational opportunities to Haitians who could then use their knowledge to help others and make an impact in their communities. To achieve this goal, Walden partnered with the Organization of American States (OAS) to identify Haitians residing on the island who would be eligible to receive five full-tuition scholarships for certificate programs in the School of Public Policy and Administration. 

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"Helping students and graduates lead positive social change has been a part of our university’s mission for more than 40 years. These five remarkable Haitians are committed to improving the future of their country, and we are proud to play a role in helping them achieve their goals," said Dr. Cynthia G. Baum, president of Walden University.

The Walden OAS Haiti Scholarship program is administered in part through the Organization of American States Department of Human Development, Education and Culture (OAS-DHDEC), which has worked tirelessly since the earthquake to provide Haitians with opportunities to redevelop and enhance the nation through its people. OAS also is providing a dedicated space at the Port-au-Prince Education Center with computers and Internet service for the scholarship winners to study and pursue their online programs.

"I believe this opportunity will strengthen my professional development as well as help me better understand leadership management. It will also provide me with the knowledge and skills to become a change agent in my community and build a nonprofit organization with a mission to help the most vulnerable," said Patricia Dufane, a project manager for Catholic Relief Services-Haiti from Port-au-Prince and recipient of a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management scholarship.

In addition to Dufane, four students were awarded Graduate Certificate in Public Management and Leadership scholarships:
• Jeannot Chataigne, tour and visit administrator for Compassion International in Haiti from Port-au-Prince
• Charles Myrlande Gaspard, agronomist and part-time radio operator for UNOPS from Les Cayes
• Marie Laura Jean, finance assistant for the World Food Programme from Les Cayes
• Raphney Rendel, logistic officer for ActionAid Haiti from Port-au-Prince
"It is a great privilege for me to receive this scholarship. I plan to share my skills with the people in my community in order to improve their way of thinking and act as agents of social change," said Jean.

Since its founding in 1970, Walden has attracted a community of lifelong learners who share a common desire to make a difference. Walden students, alumni and faculty and staff members bring Walden’s mission to life through research, conferences and service projects focused on effecting positive social change. To learn more about Walden’s ongoing commitment to social change, including the recent release of the Social Change Impact Report, visit www.WaldenU.edu/socialchange.   

About Walden University
For more than 40 years, Walden University has supported working professionals in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and their communities. Today, more than 48,500 students from all 50 states and more than 140 countries are pursuing their bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees online at Walden. The university provides students with an engaging educational experience that connects them with expert faculty and peers around the world. Walden is the flagship online university in the Laureate International Universities network—a global network of more than 60 campus-based and online universities in 29 countries.

Walden offers more than 65 degree programs with more than 330 specializations and concentrations. Areas of study include health sciences, counseling, human services, management, psychology, education, public health, nursing, public administration and information technology. For more information, visit www.WaldenU.edu. Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.ncahlc.org.

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Dr. Ivonne Chirino-Klevans, Walden University, to Speak at Opening of Hispanic Educational Technology Services (HETS) Consortium Annual Conference

MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Dr. Ivonne Chirino-Klevans, program director for Walden University’s Center for International Programs, will speak at the opening of The Hispanic Educational Technology Services (HETS) Consortium Second Annual Best Practices Showcase, Feb. 16–17, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Dr. Chirino-Klevans will join Dr. Jose Rivera, president of Universidad del Sagrado Corazon, and Reggie Smith III, chair emeritus of the United States Distance Learning Association, to discuss attracting and retaining Hispanic students in online higher education.

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In her position at Walden, Dr. Chirino-Klevans works to develop tools, activities and improvements that enhance and support the international student experience at the online university. She also explores new partnerships in Latin America, the Caribbean and Puerto Rico to expand online higher education access in the region.

Dr. Chirino-Klevans is a member of the HETS board of directors as well as the chief editor of HETS Online Journal. She has written extensively about the specific needs and concerns that Hispanic students have as online learners. Her articles appear in The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine, HispanicBusiness.com, Poder 360 Magazine, Diversity Executive and Hispanic Executive.

Prior to joining Walden in 2005 as a professor of organizational psychology, she worked with Fortune 500 companies designing training and development programs and serving as program director for Duke Corporate Education. Dr. Chirino-Klevans received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the Universidad Iberoamericana. She also holds an M.B.A. from the Universidad de las Americas and a master’s degree in psychology from Georgia College.

The HETS Consortium annual conference celebrates innovative technology strategies in higher education. Conference presentations will highlight best practices for access, retention and assessment strategies as well as science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education for Hispanics. 

As a member of HETS Consortium, Walden partners with the organization’s 27 other members to focus on making a positive impact on the Hispanic student population by improving college retention, completion and successful learning outcomes. For more information about Walden University, visit www.WaldenU.edu.

About Walden University
For more than 40 years, Walden University has supported working professionals in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and their communities. Today, more than 48,500 students from all 50 states and more than 140 countries are pursuing their bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees online at Walden. The university provides students with an engaging educational experience that connects them with expert faculty and peers around the world. Walden is the flagship online university in the Laureate International Universities network—a global network of more than 55 campus-based and online universities in 28 countries.

Walden offers more than 65 degree programs with more than 330 specializations and concentrations. Areas of study include health sciences, counseling, human services, management, psychology, education, public health, nursing, public administration and information technology. For more information, visit www.WaldenU.edu. Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.ncahlc.org.

About HETS

The Hispanic Educational Technology Services (HETS) is the first bilingual consortium dedicated to serving the higher education needs of the fast-growing Hispanic communities. Starting in 1993 as a group of institutions interested in sharing courses at a distance, the HETS Consortium has evolved from the use of telecommunications into the asynchronous modes of anywhere-anytime learning, to the use of technology to reach greater collaboration among and within educational institutions. For more information, go to www.hets.org.

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Walden University Announces Recipients of Caribbean Union of Teachers Scholarship

The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership recognizes four exceptional teachers making a difference

MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — As part of its continuing global education efforts, Walden University’s Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership announced today that it awarded four $5,000 scholarships to teachers who are members of a member unit of the Caribbean Union of Teachers. The scholarship program was created to recognize exceptional teachers in the region who seek to make a difference in their schools and communities.

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Among other criteria, scholarships were awarded based on recipients’ essays describing how their education will help them reach personal goals and effect positive social change. The recipients of the Caribbean Union of Teachers scholarships are:

  • Shenile Daniel, English teacher at Boca Secondary School, Grenada, who is enrolled in the M.S. in Education (M.S.Ed.) program with a specialization in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (Grades K–12). Daniel is a member of the Grenada Union of Teachers.
  • Andrew Haynes, sciences information technology coordinator at St. Ambrose Primary School, Barbados, who is enrolled in the M.S.Ed. program with a specialization in Integrating Technology in the Classroom (Grades K–12). Haynes is a member of the Barbados Union of Teachers.
  • Kenny James, vice principal at St. Rose Modern Secondary School, Grenada, who is enrolled in the M.S.Ed. program with a specialization in Teacher Leadership (Grades K–12). James is a member of the Grenada Union of Teachers.
  • Ezra Jonah Fostin-Greene, principal at Clare Hall Secondary School, Antigua, who is enrolled in the M.S.Ed. program with a specialization in Integrating Technology in the Classroom (Grades K-12). Fostin-Greene is a member of the Antigua and Barbuda Union of Teachers.

“It is an honor to recognize these educators who understand the importance of leadership and social change, both in their schools and communities in the Caribbean,” said Dr. Kate Steffens, dean of Walden’s Riley College of Education and Leadership. “Our students have the opportunity to not only make a difference but to also inspire and prepare future generations.”

Continuing its commitment to providing broad access to quality higher education, Walden recently partnered with the Caribbean Union of Teachers to provide its members with the opportunity to pursue a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree online at Walden. The educational partnership prepares educators for emerging opportunities and leadership positions that focus on expanding knowledge and meeting learning needs in early childhood and preK-12 education.

The Riley College of Education and Leadership offers students the opportunity to connect with nationally recognized education experts, researchers, and scholars through programs that emphasize practical skills and analytical tools that educators can immediately use in their classrooms. For more information about degree programs in the Riley College of Education and Leadership, visit www.WaldenU.edu/education. For more information on Walden University, its programs and its educational partnership opportunities, visit www.WaldenU.edu/partnerships.

About Walden University

For more than 40 years, Walden University has supported working professionals in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and their communities. Today, more than 46,500 students from all 50 states and more than 120 countries are pursuing their bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees online at Walden. The university provides students with an engaging educational experience that connects them with expert faculty and peers around the world. Walden is the flagship online university in the Laureate International Universities network — a global network of more than 55 campus-based and online universities in 28 countries.

Walden offers more than 60 degree programs with more than 300 specializations and concentrations. Areas of study include health sciences, counseling, human services, management, psychology, education, public health, nursing, public administration and information technology. For more information, visit www.WaldenU.edu. Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.ncahlc.org.

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