M.B.A. with a Concentration in Professional Practice Management

DENVER, Colorado – December 4, 2014

Jerome Alley, President of William Howard Taft University has announced that applications are being accepted for enrollment in a new graduate program developed for recent law school graduates. The M.B.A. program with a concentration in Professional Practice Management is believed to be the first program of its kind – designed specifically for newly admitted attorneys who are facing employment challenges.

The Program combines a traditional M.B.A. curriculum with webinars and assignments of interest to attorneys who would like to successfully operate a small or solo law practice. Alley believes the Program will attract a special type of student. He noted, “While some law school graduates have strong business skills, others particularly those with liberal arts degrees, have very little business knowledge. These are the types of individuals that will benefit most from the program.”

Alley acknowledged that the demand for such a program is uncertain. “We know that there are thousands who can potentially benefit. But how many will be willing continue in school? Cash flow will be a consideration for many, but most students will be able to defer repayment of their current student loans while enrolled.”

Michael Sullivan, a 2013 graduate of Willamette University College of Law agreed. “I’ve been fortunate enough to land a position with the Legal Aid Society. But many of my friends are under a great deal of pressure. I expect that this type of program will be attractive to them.”

The Program was the inspiration of Taft University System Chancellor, David L. Boyd. Boyd, an attorney himself and a Trustee on the Orange County Board of Education, said “The Great Recession of 2007 resulted in a sea change for law students and newly admitted attorneys. Overnight, for most law students, the days of multiple job offers with six figure salaries vanished. While the Great Recession has ended, thousands of law school graduates have been left to sink or swim on their own. Unfortunately many are sinking in a sea of debt and low income. But some, those who have the skills to run a small or solo practice, are thriving.”

Classes, all presented online, will begin in February 2015. Alley said the present plan is to limit enrollment to 25 students at that time increasing to 100 in August 2015.

Click here for Program details.

Taft University Faculty Release New Publications


William Howard Taft University professor Dr. Casey Reason has authored a new book for Solution Tree entitled Stop Leading Like it’s Yesterday: Key Concepts for Shaping Today’s School Culture. The book is geared towards principals and teacher leaders who are interested in learning about the leadership transition schools are facing today as digital natives become the majority and an era of connectivity and technology reshapes what it means to lead and learn together in this place we call school. Casey offers a number of startling observations regarding many long-standing leadership practices in school and offers Monday morning ready change strategies that can help a school transform.

Stop Leading Like it’s Yesterday: Key Concepts for Shaping Today’s School Culture.
ISBN: 978-1936763191
The book is now available at: www.amazon.com

William Howard Taft University professor Dr. Deb Gilbert has announced that her new book on online teaching, Modern Instructor: Success Strategies for the Online Professor has been published. The book, co-written with eleven other experienced, industry leader online instructors, gives Modern Instructor a unique perspective in online education.

The book explores topics that are important to both new online instructors, and experienced teachers such as:
– Creating a working work-at-home pace.
– Developing social presence in the online classroom.
– How the online classroom has changed recently.
– Suggestions on grading, feedback, writing announcement.
– Advanced online teaching techniques such as mentorship and storytelling.

The book is in the pre-lease period until October 6. Look for it at: www.amazon.com

About Dr. Casey Reason:

Dr. Reason was a successful high school principal, central office administrator, professor, leadership trainer and consultant. He has worked in developing and implementing winning leadership strategies with school leaders from all over the world as well as with leaders from business and industry in Fortune 100 companies. Dr. Reason’s first book was endorsed by bestselling author Dr. Ken Blanchard and was the recipient of the Phi Delta Kappa International Book of the Year Award in 2010. Casey’s consulting company also won the Blackboard International Course Design of the Year Award in 2011 for outstanding professional practice in instructional design.

Dr. Reason has been a professor at William Howard Taft University’s Boyer School of Education for five years and lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with his twin sons Brice and Kiah Reason.

About Dr. Deb Gilbert:

Dr. Deb Gilbert is a professor of education, research, and leadership – facilitating courses at William Howard Taft University’s Boyer School of Education. She has been involved in public schools and higher education for over 25 years and has a passion for promoting literacy.

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) with a Concentration in Educational Technology and Leadership

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 Educational Technology and Leadership.

The Doctor of Education is a practical, directed independent study program which emphasizes course work in leadership and management in a variety of educational and public service settings. The Educational Technology Concentration provides students with a solid foundation of advanced concepts in instructional design, management, laws and ethics, and emerging trends as they apply to the use of technology in a variety of educational settings. The Program is of particular interest to 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.

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.

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

Taft University Awards Honorary Doctorate to Denise M. Bender

William Howard Taft University honors founder and past Executive Director of the Lemhi County Crisis Intervention/Mahoney Family Safety Center (LCCI/MH) – Denise M. Bender – with an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters (D.Litt) for her social contributions and public service to victims of domestic violence in Idaho.

Dr. Neil Johnson, Chief Academic Officer at Taft University granted the honorary doctorate degree at the retirement party celebrating Denise’s 14 years of continuous service in Salmon, Idaho. He was assisted by Dr. Kary Ledbetter, current director of LCCI/MH and a member of the Taft University faculty.

Left to right: Dr. Kary Ledbetter, Denise M. Bender, Dr. Neil Johnson

“The William Howard Taft University criteria to award an honorary degree is outstanding scholarly contribution within a field supporting major breakthroughs in knowledge; or professional prominent contributions and innovative works of distinction; or the advancement of an industry of business through innovative activity; or specific social contributions and acts of public service. Ms. Bender meets not one but all four of these categories through her work founding and leading the Lemhi County Crisis Intervention/Mahoney Family Safety Center,” said Dr. Johnson.

Dr. Ledbetter commented that, “throughout her career as director of LCCI/MH, Denise has contributed to the professional knowledge of her peers working to counteract the impact of domestic violence. Her innovative use of community and donor resources resulted in the creation of the Mahoney Family Safety Center, a community resource and safe place in Salmon, Idaho. She has made outstanding scholarly contributions to the field of domestic violence intervention through her authorship of numerous informative articles to local and state-wide publications and her active participation as a conference facilitator and presenter. Further, Ms. Bender provides significant social contributions and acts of public service through her community activity and advocacy efforts.

As the visionary for LCCI/MH, as well as a staunch advocate for men, women and children throughout Idaho, Ms. Bender has been able to influence public awareness of domestic violence, support children and youth as they develop their perspectives on relationships, and serve as a tireless advocate for the needs of those in the community. Denise has been an active participant in state domestic violence committees and associations. She was recently nominated as a Woman of the Year in Idaho.

“I have had four life changing experiences”, said Mrs. Bender. “The opportunity to raise four sons; to be present at the moment when my mother took her last breath; to experience a spinal cord injury and all the positive changes it led to in my life; and, receiving my doctorate in Humane Letters from Taft University. There are many ways to become educated. My spinal cord injury opened my heart to service but did not give me the knowledge I needed to be successful in running a domestic violence shelter. Over the years I learned from the men, women, and children who sought help or shared their life stories. Receiving my doctorate validates this education life provided me.”

To learn about the Lemhi County Crisis Intervention/Mahoney Family Safety Center go to www.mahoneyhouse.com.

Taft University System Graduate Recognition

On Friday August 2nd, The Taft University System hosted a Graduate Recognition Event in Santa Ana, California 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 almost 100% 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.

A commencement address was given by Dr. Leah Matthews, the Executive Director of the Distance Education and Training Council (now the Distance Education Accrediting Commission – DEAC).

William Howard Taft University and Taft Law School Re-Accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council

On June 14, 2013 the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (now the Distance Education Accrediting Commission – DEAC) voted to grant re-accreditation to The Taft University System until June 2018. Both Taft Law School and William Howard Taft University are educational divisions of The Taft University System. This action was taken after consideration of an extensive self-study prepared by the institution and a comprehensive report prepared by a site visitation team that included representatives of both regionally and American Bar Association accredited schools. The five year re-accreditation period is the maximum permissible under DEAC standards.

David L. Boyd, Chancellor of The Taft University System and a Trustee of the Orange County Board of Education, acknowledged the efforts of Taft’s administration, faculty and staff in achieving this recognition. Boyd commented, “All worked extremely hard over a long period of time to develop a self-study report that demonstrated that the University and Law School are fulfilling their stated missions. We’re pleased that the members of the visitation team and members of the DEAC recognized our commitment to providing quality educational programs and service to students.”

Dr. Leah K. Matthews, Executive Director of DEAC, stated “In receiving renewal of accreditation, Taft has demonstrated its continuing commitment to educational standards and ethical business practices that assure quality, accountability, and meaningful opportunities for students to engage fully in higher learning. The DEAC is very pleased to acknowledge the fine work of this institution and the extraordinary contribution it makes to higher education, reflecting a longstanding commitment to best practices in teaching and learning in distance education.”

Click here for more information about accreditation.