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January 23, 2019

What You Need to Know About Military Education Benefits and Tax Deductions

Students who are using military benefits for education may be interested to know how those benefits affect their tax returns. While it is always best to seek the advice of a tax professional when you have specific questions about your individual return, there are some tax breaks that you may be eligible to take advantage of if you are furthering your education.

January 18, 2019

5 Writing Tips for the Online College Student

Whether you are responding to a discussion question or compiling a research paper, writing is an indispensable skill for the online college student. Taking on each portion of your assignment systematically will allow you to break the project down into smaller sections and help you feel more in control. 
 

January 17, 2019

CSU, NVFC Mark 10 Years of Scholarship Awards

Columbia Southern University (CSU) and the National Volunteer Fire Council began a partnership 10 years ago to provide educational benefits to fire and emergency service personnel. In addition to a discount to CSU for NVFC members and their families, each year two NVFC members are awarded a scholarship to attend CSU. Since 2009, this scholarship has helped many NVFC members launch their careers and further their position in the fire and emergency services. 

January 7, 2019

LifePace Learning® vs. Term Learning: Which Style Suits You Best?

Columbia Southern University offers two approaches to your online learning experience: LifePace Learning® and Term Learning. Each of these styles offers a unique approach to online learning that were designed especially for adult learners.

December 19, 2018

National Safety Council, CSU Partnership Provides Educational Benefits to Safety Professionals Nationwide

In 2018, Columbia Southern University entered a Learning Partnership with the National Safety Council (NSC). Through the partnership, employees and volunteers at the NSC’s national headquarters in Itasca, Illinois, and its 25 chapters across the nation, will be able to pursue their educational goals at CSU with a 10 percent tuition discount and access to exclusive scholarship opportunities. Benefits of this Learning Partnership are also available to the immediate families of NSC employees and volunteers.

December 17, 2018

What Does it Really Mean to be a Military-Friendly College?

Many colleges and universities call themselves “military-friendly” and encourage both active-duty military and veterans to enroll. The question is, though, what does it really mean to be military-friendly? In some cases, students have enrolled in “military-friendly” schools only to find that its military students are just another group of students. Other schools have added some services to their offerings, but haven’t made the wholesale changes and concerted effort to serve students from the military that would make it truly military-friendly. The bottom line? Simply welcoming students who are using their military benefits isn’t enough. Colleges and universities need to focus on a few key priorities if they want to market themselves as a military-friendly institution.

December 10, 2018

Learning Partnerships: What They Are and How They Benefit You

At CSU, we believe having a strong support system is imperative for our students, especially for adult learners. Having a friend or family member cheer you on goes a long way. Oftentimes, members of your support system also include coworkers, leaders and mentors. These types of connections are invaluable, which is why we want to make it possible to grow them even more. The CSU Learning Partner program is a simple way for companies, municipalities and other agencies to give their members and employees an educational benefit.

November 7, 2018

Why Veterans Need Mentors When Transitioning to College

When transitioning from the military to college, veterans often have to overcome everything from age differences with classmates to time management and more. What isn’t discussed as often are the ways to help veterans successfully make this transition. Most college and universities have student services. Some even have veterans centers that are specifically dedicated to assisting service men and women; however, many students aren’t sure where to begin to ask for help, or how to determine what they need.

November 1, 2018

Toya Simon Weathers Storms, Shares Triumphant Experiences

Toya Simon knows a thing or two about weathering storms. A native of the Virgin Islands and one of nine children, Simon was determined to doggedly pursue an education and earn her bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in finance. Working her way through school was no easy task as she chose not to apply for student loans, but rather fund her courses one at a time.

October 19, 2018

CSU Celebrates 25 Years

This year, we celebrate our 25th anniversary, our silver anniversary. To us, 1993 was a year of hope, unknowns and promise. While we didn’t know then how the following 25 years would play out, the establishment of Columbia Southern University laid the trajectory for who we would become, a university that still holds true to our original values. It’s these values — humility, service, excellence, flexibility, organizational health and relationships — that we still strive to share with our students and alumni.

September 26, 2018

5 Reasons Why Fall is the Best Time to Return to School

Returning to a school-focused mindset can be challenging for adult learners who have been out of a traditional classroom setting for quite some time. Columbia Southern University is here to help change the mindset of those who might be intimidated to go back to school. Here are a few reasons why fall is the perfect time to begin your journey.

August 9, 2018

How to Improve Your Writing Skills Before You Head Back to College

“I’m not a good writer.” “It’s been a long time since I’ve had to write anything. I can’t remember all of the rules!” “I don’t even know what to write. This is so frustrating.” If any of these statements sound familiar, you aren’t alone. Many people who are returning to school after an absence are concerned about the writing aspect of it. When it’s been a few years (or longer than that) since you’ve written anything more than a grocery list, the idea of writing research papers can be enough to give you hives.
 

July 30, 2018

A Future in Paramedicine [Webinar]

The rapidly evolving field of mobile integrated healthcare, or community paramedicine, has become a hot topic among those in EMS in and fire service. The system of services is meant to address key issues such as the rising fees of ambulance transport, labor shortages in EMS and health care costs; and it is changing the way health care is administered and delivered in many cities. Join Columbia Southern University Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018 at 1 p.m. CST for A Future in Paramedicine, a webinar discussion and Q&A session hosted by Jeannie Riner, CSU’s lead faculty for fire, emergency medical services and CSU graduate Landry Merkison. Merkison is the fire chief and EMA director for Clayton County (Georgia) Fire & Emergency Services.
 

July 17, 2018

Firefighter and Mother of Three LaShawndra Roberts Pursues Degree with CSU Fire Scholarship

LaShawndra Roberts, a firefighter and EMT at Clayton County (Georgia) Fire & Emergency Services, is the recipient of the 2018 CSU Fire Scholarship. For Roberts, the scholarship is a welcomed way to accomplish her goal of earning a bachelor's degree in fire administration.
 

July 12, 2018

Jacquaine Shepherd of Dallas Awarded 2018 Safety Scholarship

Sometimes, you never know what special talents you may have until you get a chance to use them. Take Jacquaine Shepherd of Dallas, Texas, who works at a manufacturing company. “I started out in my current job by helping the operations manager with small tasks related to safety in order to kill time,” she explained. “I quickly found that I had a real talent and passion for safety. I began to take on a bigger role and was able to create a successful safety culture that has grown and flourished. As a result of my work, I was awarded the Exemplary Safety Leadership Award in 2014 and then again in 2017.”

July 10, 2018

CSU Employee Honored for Excellent Course Design

On June 26, 2018, representatives from Blackboard, Inc., a leader in virtual learning environments and course management systems, journeyed  to Columbia Southern University to present instructional designer Julia Hart with the Blackboard Exemplary Course Program Award for Liberal Arts Math. The Blackboard Catalyst Awards recognize faculty and course designers from schools, colleges and universities around the world who develop exciting and innovative courses that represent the very best in technology and learning. The Exemplary Course Program category honors courses demonstrating excellence in four areas: assessment, course design, interaction and collaboration, and learner support. This is the university’s second Blackboard Catalyst Award two years in a row, a rare honor.

June 26, 2018

CSU and BCSP Foundation Partner to Build Safer Global Community

The Board of Certified Safety Professionals Foundation is pleased to announce the support of Columbia Southern University through a significant investment in building a safer tomorrow through the advancement of the safety profession. This sizeable investment of resources represents the collaboration of partners dedicated to advancing the dialogue and pioneering programs that will define the field for generations. It is in direct support of the BCSP Foundation’s mission of “Investing to create and grow a safer global community; protecting those we serve.” Working together, we provide the resources, tools and opportunity necessary for lasting impact.

June 25, 2018

Tim Neubauer Named 2018 Outstanding Safety Professional

Columbia Southern University recently awarded its annual Outstanding Safety Professional of the Year Award to Tim Neubauer of Henderson, North Carolina. Neubauer holds a bachelor’s degree in occupational safety and health from CSU and is currently pursuing a master’s degree.
 

May 24, 2018

Columbia Southern University Ranked Second on List of ‘Most Affordable Military-Friendly Online Schools’

Columbia Southern University recently was ranked No. 2 among the most affordable military-friendly online schools for 2018. The rankings, released by SR Education Group, list 25 college and universities that work to make sure their educational programs are available to men and women who serve in the military. Specifically, these institutions participate in the military Tuition Assistance program and have high military scores. According to SR Education, these scores were determined using a number of factors including the strength of military culture, prevalence of support services to online students, flexibility and military-specific financial aid.

 

May 15, 2018

Tech in OSH: Trending Apps for Safety Professionals [Webinar]

Today’s safety professional uses a range of tools and instruments to ensure the safety of their clients or employees. From document scanners to decibel meters to a simple level and unit conversion calculator, those out in the field could benefit from an integration of some of these tools. One popular way to integrate or replace these tools is with mobile applications.  

May 8, 2018

Military Spouses May Qualify for Educational Benefits

Military spouses make many sacrifices for their partners’ dedication to service. From months spent apart from during deployments to regular long-distance moves—not to mention the struggles that can come from handling all the daily household responsibilities on their own, typically on a limited income, military spouses work hard and deserve a great deal of credit for their commitment to their partners’ service.
 

May 3, 2018

Military Spotlight: Knight Pens Book on Military Leadership

Daryl Hogan is first sergeant in the US Air Force, currently living in Colorado Springs, Colorado. After completing his bachelor’s degree in fire science and his master’s in organizational leadership from CSU, Daryl says, “My education at CSU definitely provided the foundation that helped propel me to the top of the enlisted structure in the military, the top 1 percent.”

May 2, 2018

Earning a Degree While on Active Duty: What You Need to Know

Working toward a degree while serving on active duty is much different than attending classes on a traditional campus, or even taking online classes from home. Before you take on the challenge of school and active duty, there are some key points to know that will increase your chances of success.
 

March 16, 2018

Columbia Southern University Celebrates Milestone 25th Anniversary

CSU is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2018. Over the last 25 years, CSU has had more than 60,000 degree conferrals. Its degree programs have been recognized by leading national industry organizations including the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP), the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) initiative, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Institute for Safety and Health Management (ISHM).

March 7, 2018

Making Social Media Work for First Responders [Webinar]

An indispensable channel in emergency management communications, more and more fire, EMS and emergency management personnel are using social media to reach their communities before, during and after disasters. First responders are also turning to social media to gather valuable insight from citizens on the ground via eyewitness video, photos and postings.

February 21, 2018

10 Writing Tips for Crafting the Perfect Paper

Does writing a paper scare you, intimidate you or stress you out? You are not alone. Writing papers for school is the least favorite task for many of our students. The CSU Success Center is here to help, though! Check out their 10 tips for writing the perfect paper.

February 15, 2018

What Does It Take to Become an Emergency Medical Services Administrator?

Job opportunities for emergency medical technicians (EMTs), advanced EMTs, and paramedics are on the rise. The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts a 24 percent increase in the number of available EMT and paramedic jobs by 2024. Acts of violence, accidents, and natural disasters create continuous demand for emergency medical services.

February 13, 2018

4 Tips for Crushing Your Career While Earning a Degree

If you’re like most adult learners, you’re busy balancing your priorities to accommodate your schoolwork. Family commitments, volunteer opportunities and an engaging social life are all important, but keeping up with your current job is also essential while earning your degree.
 

January 25, 2018

Meeting the Challenges of Managing Community Health Centers

Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), community health centers (CHC) have become a vital part of the healthcare delivery system. The act itself has called for the development of nearly 250 new such centers across the country, with the aim of increasing access to healthcare services, especially in rural or underserved areas. However, since 2010, more than 950 centers have opened, bringing the total number of CHCs in the U.S. to 9,800, serving more than 24 million patients.

January 23, 2018

Air Force Instructor to Complete Sixth College Degree at Age 60

When Hugh Poe retired from the Air Force in 2006, the last thing he saw himself doing was going back to school. Hugh earned his first degree in 1978, an associate in business, followed by two additional associate degrees in 2005—one in fire science and the other in technology. When he retired from the Air Force, Hugh was 46 years old, married with children and continuing a great career as a firefighter instructor for the U.S. Air Force.

January 18, 2018

4 Reasons Why a DBA Could be the Best Professional Decision You Ever Make

For many, returning to college is such an important decision, especially if you are already well into your career path. For business leaders looking to expand their professional outlook, the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is one of the highest levels of education that you can achieve for the industry. Here are four reasons how earning your DBA expands your career opportunities.
 

January 8, 2018

The Secret to Setting SMART Educational Goals

With the New Year comes a fresh slate and a time of reflection. Many people set resolutions they wish to accomplish in the next year, often relating to fitness, diet, travel or relationships. Have you considered setting academic goals? Not only can academic goals change your life, they can improve your outlook and self-image.

January 4, 2018

How Your Safety Degree Can Get You One Step Closer to Your CSP® [Webinar]

For safety professionals, the Certified Safety Professional (CSP®) designation is perhaps the most respected certification in the field. In this webinar, Dr. Dan Corcoran, academic program director for occupational safety and health at CSU, discusses how the B.S. in occupational safety and health could get you one step closer to your CSP. 

December 28, 2017

How to Manage Your Time While Taking Online Classes

Going back to school can change your life, so taking time to focus on and excel in your studies is an important part of obtaining your degree. But, for adult learners, finding time is tough. Between family time, working one or multiple jobs, and other life activities, sometimes coursework has to be put on the backburner.
 

December 28, 2017

Why Now? 4 Reasons to Start The New Year With CSU

The New Year is a perfect opportunity to start something new. And when you decide that it’s the right time, we’ll be here to help. Here are four ways we work to help make your year better.
 

December 13, 2017

4 Major Reasons Why Adults Go Back to College

Nowadays, it’s not uncommon for adults to return to college, especially with the flexibility that distance education can provide for busy students. Maybe it’s a personal reason or maybe it’s due to job advancement. No matter the case, going back to school can change your life. Here’s a few reasons why you might consider going back to school.
 

December 11, 2017

5 Types of Transfer Credits to Count Toward Your Degree [Infographic]

Did you know that transfer credits can include more than previous coursework? Transfer credits could possibly include previous training, certifications and professional licenses – and all of these could be counted toward your degree program.
 

December 8, 2017

Criminal Justice Degrees: Writing Skills Are Important

Usually, when we think about the skills required for a career in criminal justice, writing doesn’t always top the list. Rather, we consider knowledge of subjects like law and criminal behavior to be significantly more important. skills are a key aspect to being successful in criminal justice fields like law enforcement, in large part because most of the jobs in this field are within large bureaucracies that rely heavily on written documents as a form of communication.

 

December 7, 2017

Alumni Stories: The Rowlands Make Education a Family Affair

Whether they want to earn a degree while their children are in college or complete a degree they’ve already started, the idea of establishing a legacy of education within their family is becoming more common among today’s adult learners. For the Rowland family of Karns City, Pennsylvania, this is exactly what happened. They had no idea their family would catch the education bug just a few years ago.

December 1, 2017

Want a Career in Psychology? Here are 11 Psych Specializations to Consider [Infographic]

The word "psychology" is derived from the Greek words "psyche" (mind) and "logos" (knowledge or study). This infographic explores 11 areas of specialization in psychology including forensic psychology, sports psychology, child development and more. 

November 30, 2017

Take Exams Anywhere, Anytime Through Remote Proctor Now

Remote Proctor Now (RPNow) is an on-demand test-taking solution that allows students to sit for an exam anywhere, anytime. By accessing the student’s webcam and microphone, RPNow records exams for academic integrity review. Here are a few reasons why we offer RPNow as a test-taking option to our students. 

November 28, 2017

This is the Future of Education

As the technological revolution continues and more individuals are accessing and mastering online proficiencies, institutions of higher learning have followed suit to transition themselves into the modern age. This means brick-and-mortar colleges are introducing additional online courses to their semester catalogs and more institutions are being created that serve their students entirely through online degree offerings.

November 15, 2017

Julia Kunlo Awarded CSU’s 2017 Safety Scholarship

Congratulations to Julia Kunlo! The occupational safety and health professional was recently awarded CSU’s 2017 Safety Scholarship—a $13,200 scholarship to help her pursue her Master of Science in occupational safety and health online.

November 13, 2017

4 Benefits to Being an Adult Learner

An estimated 47 percent of students in American colleges are over 25 years old. Here are four reasons why adult learners succeed when going back to school.
 

October 30, 2017

Learn How The Forever GI Bill Will Impact Your Military Education Benefits [White Paper]

If you are in the military, then you may have heard about the recently signed “Forever” GI Bill. The new law will extend educational benefits to cover the lifetime of those in service as of Sept. 11, 2001. This white paper discusses the bill and the potential benefits for both active duty and veteran members of the U.S. Armed Services.

October 30, 2017

Columbia Southern University Program Recognized by Board of Certified Safety Professionals

Columbia Southern University’s Bachelor of Science in occupational safety and health was recently included as a Graduate Safety Practitioner Qualified Academic Program by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP).

September 22, 2017

The Link: Frequently Asked Questions

The Link is a resource for anyone who wants to change and improve their life through education. These FAQs will help you learn why The Link exists, how it can help you find the information you’re looking for and more.

September 22, 2017

Find Answers to Your Most Pressing Education Questions

The Link is a resource created to help you learn more about what it takes to achieve your academic goals. Each of the four categories cover a different aspect of your journey to the top, from beginning to end and beyond.  
 

September 4, 2017

6 Secrets of the Highly Productive Student

Studying for hours on end can be daunting. Without the right tools for success, students can easily get frustrated, confused and may even give up. Keep your head above water during your intense study sessions by using these secrets of highly productive students.
 

August 17, 2017

Continuing Education: Why It’s Worth It

Continuing education (CE) is a broad term that describes any learning acquired after a student has earned their undergraduate degree. As the term implies, students already have a college education, and they are continuing it. It applies to all types of education, including degree and non-degree courses, certificate programs, work training, personal enrichment, and self-directed learning.
 

August 16, 2017

Student Stories: Neil Fetner

Sept. 11, 2001 is a day that Americans remember as a time of tragedy and sorrow. It was also a time for unity, patriotism and brotherhood, when many Americans felt called to serve after the terrorist attacks. Neil Fetner is one of those Americans.
 

August 14, 2017

5 Essential Pieces of Advice for Balancing Family and School

Many adult learners find themselves feeling guilty for studying instead of spending quality time with family, especially those with children.  Add on the responsibility of a part-time or full-time job, and it can seem like there aren’t enough hours in the day for adult learners. True, balancing family time and study time may be tough, but it is possible to do. Here are five tips to help you succeed in both arenas.
 

August 11, 2017

Our Top 9 Admissions Questions Answered

Wherever you are in life, just graduating high school or working in an established career and ready to take that next step, applying for college can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. Navigating admissions, deciding on a major and delving into courses can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be! Here are our top frequently asked questions to get you started.
 

August 9, 2017

4 Continuing Education Courses in Fire Science

Have you ever considered taking continuing education courses? If you’re a firefighter seeking to advance your career, these four continuing education courses will help you progress to the next level.
 

August 7, 2017

25 Years and Counting: A Look at CSU's History

Did you know that CSU was founded 25 years ago? A pioneer in online learning, Columbia Southern University’s founder Dr. Robert Mayes, Sr., began with the vision of creating educational opportunities for students whose lifestyles and learning styles required more flexibility than what was offered by traditional brick-and-mortar schools.

 

August 3, 2017

A Current Look at Higher Education

The number of issues, innovations and trends in higher education increases every year. Technology, the economy and society constantly change, so higher education must constantly evaluate and innovate to keep up. For 2016, the complete list of hot topics is too long to cover adequately, so this list only summarizes the top ten as determined by an informal Internet search in July of 2016.
 

July 25, 2017

What are CEUs and why should they matter to me?

Professional development, CE, continuing ed courses and CEUs are a few of the phrases used in reference to continuing education. For some, continuing education can be a tricky thing to understand, but they can be invaluable tools to help you advance in your career.
 

July 25, 2017

8 Reasons You Should Go Back To College (And How)

For many working adults, going back to college may seem unachievable. Working full time, shuffling kids to and from school and anything else life throws at you begins to take precedence over your education. As important as they are, earning your degree or certificate is a valuable asset that will help you grow in your career, benefiting yourself and your family. Here are eight reasons why you should go back to college and how.

July 25, 2017

How to Find the Right Online School for You

Finding an online school that fits all your needs can be tough. With hundreds of institutions offering online courses around the country — and around the world — it can be hard to find your perfect fit. Use the following guides to help you decide on the college that works for you.