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HR Analytics Workshop Slated for April and May

2-Day Workshop Introduces the Importance of Analytics in Human Resources

February 11, 2019

According to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), 54% of HR jobs now require analytic skills (SHRM, Jobs of the Future, 2016).

"Moving from HR Metrics to HR Analytics" will provide HR professionals with the skills and knowledge to apply HR analytics in the workplace through hands-on analysis, interactive case studies, problem solving, and exercises. The workshop teaches the skills needed to leverage analytics to determine future organization performance outcomes. 

The workshop is pre-approved for 13 SHRM Professional Development Credits (PDCs).

The workshop fee of $1,500 includes materials, textbooks, meals, and refreshments. Plan now to attend:

  • Charlottesville:  April 16-17
  • Falls Church:  May 2-3
Learn more today.  

March Workshop Highlights Constitutional Law Updates

FEBRUARY 6, 2019

A workshop entitled “Constitutional Law Updates” is scheduled for March 25, from 8:30am-5pm at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, in Abingdon.  The event will provide law enforcement officers and other participants with an overview of the Bill of Rights, its application to law enforcement, and the various legal and constitutional issues that impact law enforcement operations.

The free workshop will be presented by Timothy Longo, retired chief of police of the city of Charlottesville, and senior program director and assistant professor of Public Safety at the University of Virginia School of Continuing and Professional Studies.

The workshop is offered in partnership with the Southwest Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy. Officers will receive 7.5 in-service hours from the SVCJTA. 

Registration is required.
For more information, contact Deborah Sproles at 276.619.4313 or dks2n@virginia.edu

UVA Professor Helps Cancer Patients, Survivors Relieve Stress through Writing

January 30th 2019

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - An associate professor and poet at the University of Virginia is using the power of writing to help cancer patients and survivors.

Organizers describe it as a way for people to reconnect with themselves.

Whistle Words helps women reclaim their sense of self after coping with a cancer diagnosis.

On Wednesday, January 30, Whistle Words was showcased to the medical community at UVA.

“This project really is something I'm passionate about, and something that has really helped me heal,” Wendy Walters, a Whistle Words participant, said.

This type of healing allows cancer patients and survivors the opportunity to take their mind off their struggles.

“I will give them a picture of, say, an owl, and I will say, ‘what is the owl thinking?’ or, ‘what does the owl smell like?’ and have them write - usually just a prompt for a minute and then they'll write as fast as they can, sort of like they're taking a knitting class,” Charlotte Matthews, a UVA professor who co-founded Whistle Words, said.

“Through the 14 months of remission, I feel like I've found sort of a new passion in myself for writing, and that passion has helped me heal,” Walters said.

Matthews says she was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer at age 39 and received great care, but something was missing.

“Like a part was missing, the real talk about what was in my heart and my fears about surviving or not,” Matthews said. “And so I decided - and as a writer, I decided to hope to offer these free writing workshops to women.”

“Through the act of writing, whether it's about my experience through the cancer journey or whether it's about something completely unrelated, it gives me a way to process,” Walters said.

Women in the workshop say the process gives them the sense of a new light, and a way to share with others.

“A sense that a wholeness of the person that writing can provide, a sense of that there's power in the written word, there's - words matter, and that they're not simply a patient,” Matthews said.

Whistle Words will hold its next six-week writing course on Fridays starting March 1 at University Baptist Church.

The workshops are open to women impacted by cancer, whether they’re patients, survivors, or caregivers.

You can find out more details on the workshops by clicking here.

Employers Want Liberal Arts Graduates

December 12, 2018

A recent article in Inside Higher Ed cites a new study that identifies career value in a liberal arts education, with some tweaks. 

Put together by Emsi, a labor market analytics firm, and the Strada Institute for the Future of Work, the report is based on more than 100 million social and professional profiles and applicant résumés and more than 36 million job postings to determine how to bridge the gap between what liberal arts students learn and what employers want.

Read the full article

BIS Capstones Scheduled for December 10-11 in Northern Virginia and Charlottesville

Nine students will be delivering their Capstone Presentations for the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) on December 10 in Northern Virginia and on December 11 in Charlottesville. 

The Capstone Project is a two-semester process in which students pursue independent research on a question or problem of their choice, engage with the scholarly debates in the relevant disciplines, and - with the guidance of a faculty mentor - produce a substantial paper that reflects a deep understanding of the topic. 

Students are strongly encouraged to choose a topic in which they have some competence based on their academic work, professional experience, or exploration of future career options. The Capstone Project is both a valuable intellectual experience and also a vehicle through which students can demonstrate their research, analytical, and writing skills to either prospective employers or graduate and professional schools.

Completion of the Capstone is required for graduation.

Presentation topics include:

  • Procurement Advocacy Efforts to Increase the Federal Market Share for Small Business and Its Subsets
  • The Port of Long Beach: The Environment and the Economy
  • Reproducibility of Scientific Studies
  • Examining the Ways in Which the United States Can Draw Upon Successful Conversation Legislation to Curtail the Spread of Single-Use Plastic Bags
  • Phototherapy and Therapeutic Photography: Photography as a Connectivity and Healing Tool
  • Financial Profitability for LEED-Certified Ecologically-Sustainable Commercial Real Estate within the United States
  • Payday Loans and Financial Institutions: Bridging the Disparity
  • Citizenship in Crisis: Discrimination Against Muslim-Americans Contributes to Social Ostracization and Civic Disengagement

SCPS and Curry Partner to Offer Early Childhood Concentration in BIS

By Jane Paluda | December 7, 2018

The School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) and the Curry School of Education and Human Development will offer a concentration in Early Childhood within the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) program. Courses in the concentration will be available starting in the Fall 2019. 
The Early Childhood concentration will provide BIS students with foundational knowledge and competencies in the area of early childhood. Designed for individuals who are interested in working with young children and families, the concentration will prepare students to fill a variety of in-demand roles in childcare, school preparation, and social and humanitarian services. It will also be suitable for students who plan to pursue a graduate degree in teaching or other pathway to teaching licensure following graduation.
“A focus on early childhood opens career opportunities in multiple areas,” notes BIS Program Director Stephen Levine. Like many states in the U.S., Virginia faces a severe teacher shortage, with vacancies in the early childhood market among the highest in the state. Alongside demand for public school teachers, jobs in private schools and preschools, Head Start, childcare facilities, social services, and organizations that serve children and families, have been growing above national averages, as well.
Established in 1999, the Bachelor in Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) is a degree completion program designed for working adults to complete a UVA undergraduate degree on a part-time basis. It provides a liberal arts curriculum with the rigor and quality expected throughout the University, as well as sufficient flexibility to accommodate the needs of adult learners with online and evening classes.
The principal academic goals of BIS are critical thinking, clear and thoughtful communication (written and oral), and engagement in open, free, and respectful intellectual discourse. Students enter the program as third-year students, with 60 credits from prior study, and then complete another 60 credits within BIS to graduate. All BIS students select a concentration. The Early Childhood concentration develops students’ expertise in early childhood, alongside core professional skills in analytic reasoning, problem solving, and teamwork. Curry will contribute six core early childhood courses (18 credits) that all students in the concentration will be required to complete. All six courses will be available online. Students will complete the balance of their 60 credits via the core BIS curriculum and liberal studies electives.
“The Early Childhood concentration will enable students to complete an interdisciplinary undergraduate degree with a focus in early childhood to prepare for a new career, seek a promotion or new position within their field, keep their skills up to date, meet professional requirements, reenter the job market, and/or facilitate personal growth,” says Curry’s Jennifer LoCasale-Crouch, research associate professor and lead faculty advisor for the concentration. 
With its broad, liberal arts curriculum, BIS will also be an excellent option for students seeking to complete the broad array of coursework required to advance to a master of teaching program – such as the Curry School’s nationally-recognized Post-Graduate Master of Teaching (PGMT) – or pursue various alternative routes to teacher licensure in Virginia or elsewhere. Careful advising throughout their time in BIS will support students to ensure that they have the coursework needed for their desired path.
Applications are now being accepted for BIS and the concentration in Early Childhood.  The deadline for Fall admission is May 15, 2019. 

SCPS Welcomes 22 Incoming Degree Students at January 12 Orientation

Degree Students’ Journey Begins with Orientation

December 4, 2018

The School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) will welcome 22 incoming degree students at Orientation on Saturday, January 12 from 9am-1pm at Zehmer Hall. All incoming students admitted to the School’s Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies and the Bachelor of Professional Studies in Health Sciences Management are required to attend the day-long event.

Orientation provides an opportunity for students to connect with fellow students, faculty, and the staff at SCPS, all of whom are committed to helping students navigate the path to their degree. The day kicks off with a welcome from Dean Alex Hernandez, followed by sessions on UVACollab, the UVA libraries, online learning, tools for student success, and a writing workshop.  A review of the University’s Honor System and Judiciary are also included.

After the program’s conclusion, students have the opportunity to attend a tour of Central Grounds, which includes the historical Academical Village.

Careers in Law Enforcement Highlighted at November 8 Session in Southwest Virginia

On November 8, the University of Virginia School of Continuing & Professional Studies, UVA’s College at Wise, Old Dominion University, King University and regional campuses of the Virginia Community College System will host an Information Session to discuss the available pathways to a career in law enforcement. 

With law enforcement coming under increased scrutiny, there is a pressing need for leaders who are firmly grounded in our constitutional framework, who can build strong community relationships, and who are knowledgeable about the many complex challenges facing most departments. Individuals interested in pursuing a career in public safety are invited to attend, particularly public safety leaders from local, state, and federal agencies, including law enforcement, private security, public health, corrections, fire and emergency medical services, emergency management, and the military.

Tim Longo, JD, serves as lead faculty and program director for the University of Virginia’s Master of Public Safety, and will be on site to discuss employment opportunities, career advancement, earning potential, and public safety issues and concerns.  Longo retired as chief of police for the city of Charlottesville in 2016 and previously served 19 years with the Baltimore Police Department, where he rose to the rank of colonel, serving as chief of technical services, chief of staff to the police commissioner, Southeastern District commander, and director of Emergency Communications Center.  He worked in patrol and commanded the Special Investigations Section within the Internal Investigations Division. 

The Information Session will be held on November 8 from 4 – 7 PM at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center located at One Partnership Circle, Abingdon, VA 24210. Presentations are scheduled at 5:30 & 6:30 PM.  For additional information call Deborah Sproles at 276-619-4313 or email dks2n@virginia.edu

Financial Planning Day Scheduled for October 20 at UVA Northern VA Center

Free financial advice, workshops, and more

October 10, 2018

Metro Washington Financial Planning Day will be held Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 9am-2pm at the UVA Northern Virginia Center in Falls Church.  Free, private consultations on financial matters will be available with highly qualified Certified Financial Planner TM   professionals. Workshops on a variety of financial topics will be held throughout the day.  Individuals can also learn about programs to become a Certified Financial Planner (CFP).

“This is a great opportunity for individuals to meet with CFP professionals for personalized financial advice, no strings attached,” notes Jim Simos, MBA, CFP, EA, who teaches in UVA’s Certificate in Certified Financial Planning.  “People can also select from workshops that are most relevant to their personal situations.”

Workshops will include:  budgeting, credit and debt, investing, retirement, taxes, homeownership, estate planning, insurance, and more. 

The event is sponsored by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Financial Planning Association, Foundation for Financial Planning, and the University of Virginia School of Continuing and Professional Studies.  

The event is free and open to the public. However, registration is required.  REGISTER NOW.

UVA’s Northern Virginia Center is located at 7405 Haycock Road, Falls Church, across from the West Falls Church Metro Station on the Orange Line and just off of Route 7, Route 66 and the Beltway. Parking is free.

US News rates UVA #2 Best Value among public universities

September 09, 2018

The annual U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges 2019” rankings are out today, and the news is again good for the University of Virginia.

First, the numbers everyone looks for: The magazine ranks the University as the No. 3 public “national university” in America – the 28th consecutive year that UVA has ranked in the top three – and the No. 25 national university overall. UVA’s 2019 rankings are unchanged from last year.

Perhaps even better news for students (and their parents): UVA again ranks as the magazine’s No. 2 “Best Value” among public national universities. The ranking measures educational quality, total cost, the cost after receiving grants and the percentage of students who receive grants.

The U.S. News “Best Value” ranking is the latest in a string of similar rankings that combine educational excellence and economic factors. In August, Princeton Review rated UVA as the No. 1 public school in the nation in its “Colleges That Pay You Back” return-on-investment list, and Money magazine rated the University as No. 10 nationally (and No. 1 in Virginia) in its “Best Colleges for Your Money” rankings.

“Rankings don’t tell the whole story, but they are a tribute to the outstanding work being done by our students, faculty and staff,” UVA President Jim Ryan said. “So many of us know UVA to be a special place, and it’s always gratifying when other people recognize it, too.”

The top 18 institutions in U.S. News overall rankings of national universities are private schools, again led by Princeton University and Harvard University. The first public university, the University of California, Los Angeles, appears at No. 19. The No. 2 public university, the University of California, Berkeley, was close behind, tied for No. 22 overall.

UVA is again tied with Carnegie-Mellon University at No. 25 overall, as it was in the magazine’s 2018 rankings.

Rounding out the top 10 public national universities are the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (No. 27 overall), the University of California, Santa Barbara and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (tied for No. 30 overall); the University of California, Irvine (No. 33 overall); Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Florida (tied for No. 35 overall); and the College of William & Mary and the University of California, Davis (tied for No. 38 overall).

U.S. News’ college guide includes several other lists. UVA makes its debut on the list of the 36 “Most Innovative” national universities, a ranking based upon peer surveys. A new list, “Best Colleges for Veterans,” lists UVA at No. 7 nationally.

The University maintained its position on other holdover lists: it is the No. 3 public school on a list of the most economically diverse national universities, and is among both “The High School Counselors’ Top College Picks” (tied for No. 23) and the “Best Undergraduate Teaching” (tied for No. 24) lists.

In addition, the 2019 rankings included rankings for undergraduate business and engineering schools. UVA’s McIntire School of Commerce is ranked No. 8 overall, tied with UNC-Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler School of Business. McIntire’s management program was ranked No. 5 nationally.

UVA’s School of Engineering and Applied Science ties for No. 38 nationally with four other schools: Arizona State University, Brown University, Vanderbilt University and Washington University of St. Louis.

Alex Hernandez Appointed Dean of SCPS

August 08, 2018

Alex Hernandez is joining the University as the Dean of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) effective September 10, 2018.

Since 2010, Hernandez has been a partner at the Charter School Growth Fund, leading the nonprofit’s Innovative Schools practice. In this role, he helped develop and launch new K-12 learning models in public schools across the country. Hernandez brings to UVA his expertise in linking great instruction with educational technology, as well as years of experience expanding high-quality education programs.

A recognized advocate for public education, Hernandez writes frequently about the future of learning. His latest work focuses on promoting career readiness and increasing college access and success.

“Alex brings tremendous talent to the University. He’s one of the foremost innovators and strategists in the education sector,” said Andrew J. Rotherham, co-founder and partner at Bellwether Education Partners and a member of the board of directors for the Curry School of Education Foundation. “His knowledge of and commitment to public education at all levels make him a genuinely inspired choice for this role.”

He is a former area superintendent at Aspire Public Schools, a leading K-12 public school system, where he managed schools in California’s Central Valley. He also taught high school mathematics in South Los Angeles. Prior to his work in education, Hernandez worked in technology finance with Disney’s venture capital arm, Steamboat Ventures, and J.P. Morgan.

Hernandez earned a bachelor’s degree with honors in politics, philosophy and economics from Claremont McKenna College and an MBA and master’s degree in education from Stanford University.

Read more in UVA Today 

SCPS Welcomes 54 Incoming Degree Students at August 18 Orientation

Day-long Orientation Scheduled for August 18

The School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) will welcome 54 incoming degree students at Orientation on Saturday, August 18 from 8:30am-4pm at the Zehmer Hall Conference Center. All incoming students admitted to the School’s Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Bachelor of Professional Studies in Health Sciences Management degree programs are required to attend the daylong event.

The Orientation provides an opportunity for students to connect with fellow students, faculty, and the staff at SCPS, all of whom are committed to helping students navigate the path to their degree. The day kicks off with a welcome from Interim Dean Steve Laymon, followed by sessions on UVACollab, the UVA libraries, online learning, tools for student success, and a writing workshop.  A review of the University’s Honor System and Judiciary are also included.

After the program’s conclusion, students have the opportunity to attend a tour of Central Grounds, which includes the historical Academical Village.

SCPS Welcomes 24 Post-Bac Pre-Med Students

June 21, 2018

This June, the Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program welcomed its 13th cohort with 24 students. This year, the program launched the inaugural Math Bootcamp which was held both on Grounds and online. For two days, students had the opportunity to brush up on their math skills before jumping into their rigorous science coursework.

On their first official day of Orientation, students met with PBPM staff, alumni, and faculty, including the program’s new Academic Director, Biochemistry Professor Charlie Grisham. In the evening, they enjoyed a summer cookout in Zehmer Hall’s backyard before waking up early to complete a community service project with City Schoolyard Garden where they cleaned up the Burnley Moran Elementary School’s gardens. All Post-Bac students will complete eight credits of General Chemistry over the summer before returning for the traditional academic year to complete courses in Biology, Organic Chemistry, Physics, Biochemistry and the US Healthcare seminar taught by the program’s Medical Advisor, Dr. Robert Powers.

First BPHM Graduates to Walk the Lawn with BIS graduates

Congratulations to the graduates and their families

May 14, 2018

The School’s Bachelor of Professional Studies in Health Sciences Management (BPHM) will see its first graduates walk the Lawn on Sunday, May 20, during the University’s Final Exercises.  The degree program, which launched in 2015, will graduate four students.

These BPHM graduates will join 62 fellow graduates from the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) at the School’s Diploma Ceremony following Final Exercises. Diplomas will be awarded by SCPS Interim Dean Steve Laymon, accompanied by BIS Program Director Stephen Levine and BPHM Program Director Ana Abad-Jorge.

Among the graduates is Charlottesville resident and BIS graduate Amanda Downing, who was recently featured in UVAToday. First BPHM Graduates to Walk the Lawn with BIS graduates

Jackie Maier, a BPHM graduate, was recently profiled in the School’s spring Columns newsletter. 

Congratulations to the graduates and their families.

Recent UVA Survey Shows BIS Students Feel Supported During Their Time with SCPS

December 5, 2017

The University of Virginia administered the Gallup-Purdue Survey in 2015. Students who graduated in 2001-2015 were contacted to participate in a web-based survey to measure the emotional support they experienced while attending UVA. BIS graduates were among those who were surveyed and responded. 

Learn more about what our BIS students had to say.  

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