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7 Reasons to Complete Your Bachelor’s Degree

Antioch University Midwest Commencement 2015Are you thinking about completing your Bachelor’s Degree? You’re not alone. Every year, about 8.2 million students over the age of 25 return to college. There are many reasons to complete a Bachelor’s Degree, especially later in life when you’ve had more time to think about your career path.

Here are the top reasons to consider completing your Bachelor’s Degree in 2016:

1) Your Career Path Requires a Bachelor’s Degree. Now that you’ve settled on your chosen career path, or even if you’re still narrowing your options, you’ve probably found that the career you’ve chosen requires you to have a degree. The truth is that many career paths – including some of the best paying – require a Bachelor’s Degree, and there’s no getting around it.

2) People with Bachelors’ Degrees Earn More. In a study from 2011, researchers found that, on average, those with Bachelors’ Degrees earn $2.8 million in their lifetimes – that’s 84% more than that earned by those with only a high school degree. Higher learning degrees are one investment that can pay off big.

3) You’ll Live Longer. College graduates typically make more money than non-graduates, which can have more than just financial benefits. Those with higher educations and earning power are also healthier. On average, men with Bachelors’ Degrees live about nine years longer than those without. Women live about eight years longer.

4) Flexible and Affordable Programs. Getting a Bachelor’s Degree doesn’t have to mean giving up your day job. At Antioch University Midwest, we have flexible and affordable programs built specifically for adults over the age of 25 who are looking to complete their education and pursue new careers. That means we have a great mix of online, evening, and weekend classes and programs to choose from.

5) You’ll Gain a Competitive Edge. In today’s job market, employers aren’t just looking for potential candidates – they’re looking for perfect candidates. It’s not uncommon for employers to receive hundreds of applications for a single position. One way to rise to the top of the pile is to have the competitive degrees, certifications, and licenses required by the position to help you stand out.

6) Transferring Credits is Easier Than You Think. Many adults hesitate to go back to school because they aren’t sure if their prior college classes or real-life experiences will count toward their degree requirements. At universities like Antioch University Midwest, your past work, academic, and life experience matter. Many universities like ours accept transcripted military training and experience, ACE and CLEP test credits, and credit any hours you’ve earned toward an RN license regardless of the date the credits were earned. We also have articulation agreements with Sinclair Community College and Clark State Community College.

7) Gain Confidence in Yourself and Your Future. At the end of the day, investing in your education is about investing in the future you want to build. When you finish what you started and complete your Bachelor’s Degree, you’ll gain fresh confidence in yourself, your work, and your future.

Learn more about Bachelor’s Completion Programs.


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Is a Flexible Learning Program Right for You?

iStock_000054858078_FullWhen busy adults like you consider going back to college, their top concerns are affordability and flexibility. Balancing work and family responsibilities while pursuing an education can be difficult, but if you choose the right school and the right program, you can be successful in continuing or completing your education.

The rise of flexible learning programs that take into account the busy lives of working adults has made it easier than ever for more Americans to go back to school. Flexible learning programs can include a mix of online, evening and weekend classes that are easy to fit into your work and family schedule.

For instance, Antioch University Midwest offers a number of program delivery models that meet these needs, such as online, blended, and classroom-based programs. Other universities may offer different types of flexible programs depending on student demand and the types of students they serve.

Online Classes

Internet learning is quickly becoming a mainstay of college life, as it gives busy students the ability to work from home – or anywhere in the world that has Internet access. Some classes may be held exclusively online: you’ll complete and submit assignments, communicate with other students, and even take exams when and where it’s most convenient for you.

Evening and Weekend Classes

When adults consider going back to school, many of them are looking for evening classes that begin when the workday ends. Be sure to check course schedules at your local university to see which include evening and weekend offerings. If you don’t find any listed, try looking at universities like Antioch University Midwest that have specifically designed their curriculum to serve adult students.

Blended or Hybrid Programs

Often, the best way to get a flexible but fully rounded education is to participate in a blended or hybrid program that incorporates online learning with in-person sessions that students attend on campus or at a weekend retreat. These are also known as low-residency programs. Two such programs offered at Antioch University Midwest are the Individualized Master of Arts and the M.A. in Management and Change Leadership

So, is a flexible learning program right for you? Explore your options.

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How to Choose the Right Education Program

Commencement-1024x681Have you always wanted to teach, but were never quite sure where to start? There are a number of programs for individuals who want to complete their undergraduate degrees and become teachers, as well as programs designed for those who already have an undergraduate degree and need to obtain a teaching license in order to pursue a job in education.

If you’re considering a career in education, here are some questions to ask yourself to help you choose the right path:

  • Do you already have an undergraduate degree, or do you still need to complete one? If you need to complete your undergraduate degree, programs like Antioch University Midwest’s Early Childhood Education program for adult students allows you to earn two credentials at the same time: a Bachelor of Arts degree and an Early Childhood education license. If you already have an undergraduate degree, you will need to enroll in a program that provides you with a teaching license, such as Antioch University Midwest’s Professional Preparation Program for Teacher Licensure.
  • What type of teaching licensure program does your state require? If you want to become a teacher, you must be licensed according to your state’s requirements. For example, Antioch University Midwest’s Professional Preparation Program for Teacher Licensure is designed for adults with busy schedules, and provides students with the coursework and preparation required for an Ohio Resident Educator License. Antioch’s licensure programs take about two years to complete, and allows students to graduate with both a Master’s degree and a teaching license.
  • What education level would you like to teach? Each state determines which license or certificate you need to teach different grade levels. In Ohio, earning a licensure in Early Childhood Education prepares you to teach Preschool, Head Start, and Pre-kindergarten through third grade at public schools. Earning an additional Reading Endorsement will qualify you to become a Title 1 teacher in grades K-12. Note that other states may have different grade levels associated with the early childhood education license.
  • Do you need a teaching endorsement? Endorsements are generally sought by teachers who are already licensed to teach but who wish to teach additional content or grade levels. All endorsement candidates must successfully complete required coursework and pass their state licensure exam to obtain their endorsement. Examples of endorsements include Reading K-12 and Early Childhood Generalist.
  • Should you pursue a graduate degree in education? The reality is that the higher the degree you achieve, the higher your earning potential and the more flexible your career options. A graduate degree can also help position you to transition into leadership, research, or policy positions in schools.

Are you ready to explore a career in education? Discover more about education programs from Antioch University Midwest.

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Confront the Misconceptions of Physical and Mental Disabilities at Valuing Diversity Conference at Antioch University Midwest December 9-10

Confront the Misconceptions of Physical and Mental Disabilities at Valuing Diversity Conference at Antioch University Midwest December 9-10

Yellow Springs, Ohio – Despite the passage of Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the fact that 19 percent of the U.S. population live with a physical or mental impairment that impacts their daily lives, people with disabilities are often still viewed as limited and less than whole. That’s the problem that an upcoming conference at Antioch University Midwest (AUM) will address in an effort to better understand the challenges faced by people with disabilities and empower everyone to embrace and value diversity.

Presented by Antioch University Midwest, The Human Relations Council of Yellow Springs and The National Conference for Community and Justice of Greater Dayton, Valuing Diversity: Reframing Disability is a two-day conference that aims to raise awareness about all types of disabilities – including mental illness and visible and invisible disabilities – that affect nearly 57 million Americans. Its offerings include educational workshops, screening of the film “Invitation to Dance,” and a keynote by Dr. Julie Williams, associate professor at the Wright State School of Psychology. She will share her views about the history and identity around “crip” culture, a term and movement that describes people with disabilities in both positive and negative ways, depending on whom you ask.

“We’re honored to host the Valuing Diversity conference for the second year in a row and AUM is an ideal environment in which to have these discussions because of our commitment to social justice and inclusion,” said Dr. Michele McMahon Nobel,
the director of AUM’s Division of Education and Interdisciplinary Studies and a member of the conference’s planning team. “We want to break down barriers and share strategies for understanding and supporting people with disabilities.”

Attendees may select up to four sessions organized by the following tracks: Making the Invisible Visible; Parenting Strategies; Instruction Strategies K-12 and Beyond; and Disability and Sexuality. Educators, counselors, parents and advocates from organizations across Ohio, including AUM’s Dr. Tammy Mojica, faculty in Education, will lead workshops on 16 different topics.

The conference will take place on December 9-10 at AUM, 900 Dayton Street in Yellow Springs, Ohio. The free community screening of “Invitation to Dance,” is from 6:30 – 9 pm on Wednesday, December 9 followed by a full day of conference events on December 10 starting at 8am. Registration for the conference is $125 for those who register prior to December 7; $145 for those who register between December 7 and 15; and $50 for students and seniors. The registration fee includes lunch, resource packets, entry to four sessions and a Certificate of Completion. CEU credits are currently pending. For a listing of the conference’s educational sessions, visit Register online or contact Adriane Miller at or 937-222-6225.

About Antioch University Midwest
Antioch University is a bold and enduring source of innovation in higher education serving adult students around the world and across the country, online and from its five campuses in four states in addition to its University-wide international and doctoral programs. The University lives by its mission every day helping students realize their potential and succeed in their educational goals through an innovative learning environment that is rigorous and responsive to their needs. Antioch University has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1927.

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How to Balance Economic Realities with Ethical Implications: A Closer Look at Antioch University Midwest

How to Balance Economic Realities with Ethical Implications: A Closer Look at Antioch University Midwest

Chief academic officer to discuss how the university maintains and preserves its commitment to mission-driven education at Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce event

Dayton and Yellow Springs, Ohio – Dr. Marian Glancy, chief academic officer at Antioch University Midwest (AUM), will be the featured speaker at the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce’s Breakfast Briefing on Friday, November 13 at the Dayton Racquet Club, 40 N. Main Street, Dayton, at 7:15 am. She will discuss how, in the face of a dramatically changing internal and external landscape, AUM passionately maintains and preserves its commitment to a mission-driven education rooted in a rigorous liberal arts lineage.

“Ensuring your organizations’ values and mission remain at the fore front of each and every decision takes focus, effort, and the support of every person involved in advancing it,” Dr. Glancy said. “Antioch University Midwest is an excellent example of how to ensure that a culture of social justice, diversity, and access to education for all – especially working adults – remains the glue that unites our institution with our students, and drives our success.”

Dr. Glancy’s presentation, How Antioch University Midwest Is Responsive to Market Needs in a Global Economy, focuses on the accredited, nonprofit university’s powerful narrative as a pioneer in adult education serving students who seek innovative education, professional preparation, and the knowledge and skills to advance social, economic, and environmental justice. She will illustrate how AUM is able to be mission centric while at the same time, responsive to market needs in a global economy, such as through its new online data analytics certificate program that prepares graduates to compete in one of Ohio’s fastest-growing employment fields while understanding the ethical implications of “big data.”

Dr. Glancy is the prior director of AUM’s School of Education. Among her accomplishments, she successfully led the extraordinary team effort that enhanced the School of Education’s national reputation through accreditation by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation. Prior to her appointment at AUM, Dr. Glancy was a research fellow at the Kettering Foundation and served as a faculty member and administrator at Jewel and Esk Valley College in Edinburgh, Scotland. She received a PhD in Educational Leadership and a Master’s of Science in Education from the University of Dayton. Her Bachelor’s of Education is from Dunfermline College in Scotland.

Registration is required to attend the event, and tickets are $25 for Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce members; $40 for non-members. To register, visit or call 937-226-8253. The Breakfast Briefing is designed to help attendees make new business contacts and learn valuable information. Industry experts identify trends and discuss topics such as: human resources, sales and marketing, business growth, and technology. This program is designed to assist in educating small business owners on business issues, as well as connect them with other small business owners and resources in the region, and is sponsored by Benefits Network, CareWorks of Ohio, and Pickrel Schaeffer & Ebeling.

About Antioch University Midwest
Antioch University is a bold and enduring source of innovation in higher education serving adult students around the world and across the country, online and from its five campuses in four states in addition to its University-wide international and doctoral programs. The University lives by its mission every day helping students realize their potential and succeed in their educational goals through an innovative learning environment that is rigorous and responsive to their needs. Antioch University has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1927.

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Antioch University Midwest Recognized as a Military Friendly® School

Antioch University Midwest Recognized as a Military Friendly® School

Yellow Springs, Ohio – For the seventh year in a row, Antioch University Midwest (AUM) has been designated as a 2016 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds. Now in its seventh year, the original, premier Military Friendly® Schools designation provides service members and their families with transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities.

“This designation, along with countless stories of success from our student veterans, further validates Antioch University Midwest’s commitment to providing academic, professional and community resources for those who have served our country,” said Dr. Karen Schuster Webb, president of AUM. “From awarding academic credit for service experience, to our program concentrations specifically related to veterans issues, it is not only our responsibility – but also our honor – to help those who have devoted their lives to serving and protecting others.”

The Military Friendly® Schools designation is awarded to the top colleges, universities, and trade schools in the country doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success both in the classroom and after graduation. Resources for veteran students and both active and retired military service members at AUM include:

  • Participation in the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs Post-9/11 Yellow Ribbon Program, matching dollar-for-dollar the amount paid towards tuition;
  • The ability to transfer up to 100% of undergraduate credits earned through the military;
  • Flexible class scheduling and locations – including online – that provide convenient schedules for veterans and their families;
  • Unique academic programs and concentrations specifically related to veterans and veterans issues;
  • Job fairs and career resources specifically for service members;
  • An on-campus Military Service Members Resource Center;
  • A designated AUM Veteran Services Liaison who serves as a central point of contact for all veteran students and alumni, as well as veteran advocacy and supporting issues and challenges unique to veterans; and
  • Special financial aid grants and scholarships

“Antioch University Midwest, with our small class sizes and personable faculty, is ideal for military members, veterans, and their family members. Our adult education environment respects veterans’ prior learning and life experiences, and integrates those lessons and experiences into the classroom,” said Laurette Nichols, veterans services liaison and 20 year Air Force Veteran. “We appreciate the Military Friendly Schools designation as it highlights our continuous efforts to respectfully serve the military and veteran community.”

Institutions competed for the elite Military Friendly School title by completing a survey of over 100 questions covering ten categories, including military support on campus, graduation and employment outcomes, and military spouse policies. Survey responses were scored against benchmarks across these key indicators of success. In addition, data was independently tested by Ernst & Young based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media with guidance from an independent advisory board of higher education and recruiting professionals.

“Post-secondary institutions earning the 2016 Military Friendly® School award have exceptionally strong programs for transitioning service members and spouses,” said Daniel Nichols, chief product officer of Victory Media and Navy Reserve veteran. “Our Military Friendly® Schools are truly aligning their military programs and services with employers to help students translate military experience, skills and training into successful careers after graduation.”

For more information about AUM’s commitment to attracting and supporting military students, and a list of programs, please visit

About Antioch University Midwest
Antioch University is a bold and enduring source of innovation in higher education serving adult students around the world and across the country, online and from its five campuses in four states in addition to its University-wide international and doctoral programs. The University lives by its mission every day helping students realize their potential and succeed in their educational goals through an innovative learning environment that is rigorous and responsive to their needs. Antioch University has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1927.

About Military Friendly® Schools
The Military Friendly® Schools designation process includes extensive research and a data-driven survey of thousands of schools nationwide approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding. The school survey, methodology, criteria and weightings are developed with the assistance of an independent Advisory Board comprised of educators and HR, diversity and recruitment professionals from schools across the country. The survey is administered for free and is open to all post-secondary schools that wish to participate. Criteria for consideration can be found at

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New Data Analytics Certificate Program

AUM Launches New Data Analytics Certificate Program

In less than a year, students learn data literacy, analysis techniques and the ethical implications of “big data”

It’s an issue the nation’s top executives say they’re most concerned about, but don’t yet have employees with the expertise to take advantage of it. The issue is big data, and Antioch University Midwest (AUM) now offers a way for professionals to acquire the skills to source, interpret and apply organizational data. AUM’s new certificate program in Data Analytics, offered on campus and in a hybrid format, can take less than a year to complete and fully prepares individuals to be literate in the business applications and ethical considerations surrounding this emerging specialty.

“Businesses today are demanding their teams better understand analytics tools, how to apply process and reporting techniques, and how to best wield the power of big data in smart ways,” said Dr. William Hochstettler, faculty member in the Data Analytics program at AUM. “The program’s massive demand is a reflection of communication technology trends; we’re meeting that demand with effective and ethical approaches to savvy business empowerment.”

Courses are led by distinguished AUM faculty with expertise in business, management and data analysis who are also professionals in the field. Students who complete the program are able to help a company create a culture of data analysis and awareness, or hit the ground running in situations where data collection, analysis and data-driven decision making is already in practice. This certificate empowers managers to better understand reporting, metrics and data that impacts how their businesses make decisions. It also lays the foundation for further study, which leads to advancement into careers in positions such as business analysts, data analysts, and market researchers while helping individuals positively impact initiatives across departments.

The program, which is also available as a concentration for students pursuing bachelor’s degrees, enhances AUM’s adult learner-focused curriculum and reflects its commitment to being proactive, innovative and responsive to workforce needs.

“The increasingly high demand for data-literate managers places a responsibility on higher education to ensure that those individuals approach data management from a comprehensive and ethically-responsible context,” said Dr. Karen Schuster Webb, AUM’s president. “A Data Analytics certificate from AUM allows students to focus on understanding data mining, interpreting data in meaningful ways, and using that power to improve businesses and their communities.”

To learn more about the program, attend an information session or visit On-campus sessions are scheduled at 6:30 pm on October 22, November 4, and November 19, or students may request a one-on-one meeting with admission advisors. The next class begins January 2016.

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October Alumni 3rd Thursday

October Alumni 3rd Thursday at AUM Alumna, Jen Ater’s, Yoga Studio.

Innerlight Yoga & Wellness


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AUM Hosts Spotlight on Dyslexia Event on October 29 to Recognize Dyslexia Awareness Month

Antioch University Midwest Hosts Spotlight on Dyslexia Event on October 29 to Recognize Dyslexia Awareness Month

Event to showcase conversation with dyslexia advocates, teachers and to highlight importance of AUM’s Dyslexia Certificate program, accredited by the International Dyslexia Association

Antioch University Midwest (AUM), which offers one of only 17 dyslexia certificate programs in the United States accredited by the International Dyslexia Association, is recognizing Dyslexia Awareness Month by hosting a film screening and conversation with local dyslexia advocates on Thursday, October 29 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. The Spotlight on Dyslexia event will take place at AUM’s campus at 900 Dayton Street in Yellow Springs.

“We hope the event will build awareness around dyslexia, which we know affects one in five children in our schools around the country,” said Genya Devoe, who developed AUM’s Dyslexia Certificate program and is a member of the teaching faculty at AUM’s School of Education. “Teachers and parents everywhere need access to the tools and techniques to help students with dyslexia achieve their full potential as students and future leaders.”

Spotlight on DyslexiaThe event will feature a screening of The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia, a 2012 film that provides personal and uplifting accounts of the dyslexic experience from children, experts, and iconic leaders, such as Sir Richard Branson and financier Charles Schwab. The film addresses misconceptions about dyslexia and paints a picture of hope for all who struggle with it. Following the screening will be a conversation with educators and advocates, along with the kickoff of AUM’s holiday book drive which benefits the Dayton chapter of Project Read.

AUM’s newly-launched online option for its Dyslexia Certificate program is designed for teachers, parents, and advocates as well as students pursuing education or related degrees. The program is offered as a stand-alone certificate or as a professional concentration for students pursuing a Master of Education in Educational Leadership. The first online offering began October 12 and is designed to meet the needs of K-12 classroom educators.

AUM’s Spotlight on Dyslexia awareness event is free and open to all. To register, please visit or call (937) 769-1818. To learn more about AUM’s Dyslexia Certificate program, which is currently enrolling students, please visit or attend an upcoming information session on Wednesday, November 4, Thursday, November 19, Wednesday, December 2 on campus.

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AUM Student Chosen to Participate in Prestigious Leadership Summit

AUM Student Chosen to Participate in Prestigious
Leadership Summit

AUM Early Childhood Education student Kelly Krestalhoffer will represent AUM
at Propel Ohio Collegiate Leadership Summit

An Antioch University Midwest (AUM) student who has seen firsthand the lengths desperate, hungry people will go to in order to provide food for their families will participate in a prestigious leadership summit for college students focused on the issues of food security, mental health, and human trafficking in Ohio. Kelly Krestalhoffer, who is pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education at AUM’s School of Education, will attend the Propel Ohio Collegiate Leadership Summit 2015 on Friday, October 16 at The Ohio State University.

“The greatest gift that I can give to any child, is a community and a world with the least possible amount of violence, hunger, neglect, and discrimination, so if f I am serious about creating a positive classroom community, I must remain dedicated to my goal of creating a more positive world,” Kelly said. “Food security, along with child welfare, lays the groundwork upon which mental health issues and human trafficking are based. Food insecurity does not exist in a bubble: it is impacted by many other social patterns, from unfair wages to abusive relationships, which increase the types of toxic stress that lead to and complicate mental health problems.”

Kelly, who lives in Dayton, was selected after Julie Biddle, AUM’s chair of the Teacher Licensure Program and core faculty member, recommended her for the summit. Kelly submitted an application, which was reviewed by the event’s host, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, and was notified that she was one the college students selected to participate in the one-day leadership program that promotes civic engagement to inspire and empower undergraduate students to grow into civic leaders in Ohio. Speakers and workshops will focus on ways college students can tackle key issues in their Ohio communities.

“Becoming interwoven with southwestern Ohio has given me a perspective that college never could have, and now that I am nearing graduation I am preparing to act on this learning and create a better world than the one I have known thus far,” said Kelly, who has lived in southwestern Ohio for the last 10 years. Before completing her degree at AUM, she worked “seemingly unremarkable” jobs at Wal-Mart and various childcare roles. To add meaning to her day-to-day work, she volunteered relentlessly, providing free respite care to families at St. Vincent de Paul, crocheting items for families in need, and serving food to the needy. She credits that work as laying her foundation for social justice-focused work, one of the tenets of AUM’s philosophy.

“Now I am one year from completing my degree at Antioch University; in one year I will be licensed to foster the development and learning of young children ages 0-8,” she said. “I believe that children are drawn to, and eventually recreate, the loving actions of others. By modeling behavior that is based on ideals of love for all people, justice, and freedom, I have a powerful opportunity to lay the foundation for young people to have a wider lens in looking at the world,” she said.

At the close of the summit’s program, Kelly and other attendees will participate in an internship fair featuring organizations tackling food security, mental health and human trafficking issues in Ohio. To learn more about AUM, please visit To learn more about Propel Ohio Collegiate Leadership Summit, please visit

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