17th Annual Roger J. Duthoy Scholarship Awarded

William Howard Taft University is pleased to announce the 17th Annual Roger J. Duthoy Scholarship recipient is Linda Spreitzer from Milliken, Colorado. Mrs. Spreitzer is the principal of Knowledge Quest Academy, a rural Colorado charter school.

The Taft University System 2017 Graduation Celebration

On Thursday, July 27th, The Taft University System hosted a Graduate Recognition Event honoring Graduates from both William Howard Taft University and Taft Law School. Graduates and their families, current students, faculty and administration were in attendance. Graduates had the opportunity to have their pictures in cap and gown receiving their diploma.

Attendance increased from the previous graduation event, providing an opportunity for students and faculty to meet and network – most meeting face-to-face for the first time.

Several photos of William Howard Taft University graduates can be found here.

New Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) with a Concentration in Charter School Administration.

Dr. Barry Resnick, Administrative Dean of The Boyer Graduate School of Education of William Howard Taft University, has announced the University is accepting applications for a new online Ed.D. program. This new program builds on the success of the current Doctor of Education program with the addition of a concentration in Charter School Administration.

The Doctor of Education with a concentration in Charter School Administration Program is a practical, directed independent study program which emphasizes course work in educational leadership and management with a focus on charter school operations.

Charter schools were created to help improve our nation’s public school system and offer parents another public school option to better meet their child’s specific needs. The core of the charter school model is the belief that public schools should be held accountable for student learning. In exchange for this accountability, school leaders should be given freedom to do whatever it takes to help students achieve and should share what works with the broader public school system so that all students benefit. With the growing dissatisfaction of public school education in general, the number of charter schools and overall enrollment in charter schools is expected to materially increase in the next decade. This projected growth will require many more administrators trained and experienced in charter school operation.

The Program is facilitated by highly qualified faculty with vast and varied academic teaching and administrative experience and terminal degrees earned from some of the top Universities in the nation.

All coursework in the Program is presented in a distance learning modality. Accordingly, students may keep their full-time positions, and perform coursework on their schedule – anywhere with Internet access.

The Program is designed to meet the needs of individuals with public or private school teaching experience who seek administrative positions or middle level managers who are interested in moving into higher levels of administration – particularly in the charter school arena.

For more details visit: http://www.taft.edu/edd-charter.htm
Or call: 877-894-TAFT (8238)

William Howard Taft University Professor Dr. Casey Reason’s New Book With Richard DuFour Reaches 3 Million Educators!

Dr. Casey Reason has been a professor at William Howard Taft University since 2010. His newest book, Professional Learning Communities at Work and Virtual Collaboration: On the Tipping Point of Transformation is coauthored with best-selling author Dr. Richard DuFour.

Dr. Reason has been working in distance learning for over a decade and partnered with the National Education Association (NEA) in 2013. The NEA is so supportive of his work that they have sent a sample chapter of his new book to every NEA member (3.2 million educators across the country). In the long history of the NEA, this has never been done before!

Reason & DuFour’s new book focuses on how strategies for virtual collaboration and learning at a distance can shape the school improvement agenda and improve student achievement.

Dr. Reason lives in Scottsdale, Arizona. A sample chapter of this new book can be found by clicking here.

A new video from The Distance Education Accrediting Commission offers an overview of the benefits of distance education.

The video describes how the quality and accessibility of distance education are quickly and significantly improving as both learners and educators become more adept at technology. The video also provides the perspectives of distance education students from DEAC-accredited institutions on how engaging in distance education supported their education goals while they worked to balance career and family responsibilities.

“Our collaborative aim was to emphasize the importance of accreditation when considering distance education and to provide informative and reliable resources to students,” said Dr. Leah Matthews, DEAC Executive Director. “Producing this video segment aligns with DEAC’s commitment to serving the greater social good through setting standards for distance education that ensure excellence in teaching, learning, and student outcomes.”

The video airs on the Fox Business Network May 14-15, 2015, and is also being distributed to Public Television affiliates nationwide the week of May 25, 2015 for multiple airings around the country.

The Distance Education Accrediting Commission, formerly the Distance Education and Training Council, is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1926 that operates as a national accreditor of distance education institutions. DEAC’s goal is to ensure a high standard of educational quality in the distance education institutions it accredits and a quality education for the more than two million students who annually study at its accredited institutions.

William Howard Taft University is accredited by The Distance Education Accrediting Commission. Click Here for more information.

Taft University Awards Doctor of Education Scholarship

William Howard Taft University is pleased to announce the 15th Annual Roger J. Duthoy Scholarship recipient is Robert Gray from Cincinnati, Ohio. Mr. Gray is currently an assistant academic director with the Center for Exploratory Studies at the University of Cincinnati. He impressed the scholarship review committee with his background in career development and academic advising in higher education.

In his current role, Robert advises undecided students in the selection of their best fit major and teaches and oversees curriculum for a class called “Discovering UC”.

Before joining the Center for Exploratory Studies, Robert was the program director for the Career Development Center where he taught Professional Development II and Career Decision Making. He received the Dean’s List of Teaching Excellence award multiple times based on his student evaluation scores. Before working at UC, Robert was the director of career services at Brown Mackie College where he was responsible for overseeing a department responsible for assisting graduates secure in-field employment within six months of graduation. At Brown Mackie College, Robert received the Outstanding Achievement Award and was a Top Achievers Group recipient. He also has experience in the staffing industry as a recruiter, senior account manager, and on-site manager working with multiple clients across various industries to fulfill their recruitment needs.

“I am incredibly excited to receive this scholarship. This opportunity will allow me to fulfill my dream of furthering my education at the doctoral level. I know that my passion for assisting students in the achievement of their academic and career goals will be enhanced by my studies.”

Robert is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction and South University, Savannah, Georgia with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in human resources management. In the past, Robert has served as the chair of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce College Connect Committee, a member of the Northern Kentucky Education Alliance, and as chair of the workforce readiness committee and as a board member of the Northern Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management.