Universities Rethinking Their Use of Massive Online Courses

Universities Rethinking Their Use of Massive Online Courses
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CSU-Globals New Online Master of Professional Accounting Degree to Develop Students as Successful CPAs


Greenwood Village, Colo. (PRWEB) October 23, 2014

Colorado State University-Global Campus (CSUGlobal.edu) is proud to announce its new 100 percent online Master of Professional Accounting degree for those looking to take their career to the next level as a CPA.

This program was designed for those motivated students who seek the advanced knowledge and skills necessary to become CPAs, said Dr. Jon Bellum, Provost and Senior Vice President at Colorado State University-Global Campus. Becoming a CPA greatly increases the opportunities available to someone in the accounting field, and this program will provide invaluable resources to help students pass the CPA exam and become more effective financial leaders.

In addition to providing the essential leadership and communication skills utilized daily by Certified Public Accountants, courses focus on the primary knowledge areas of Auditing, Financial Accounting and Reporting, Regulation, and Business Environments and Concepts covered in the Uniform CPA Exam. Students are able to purchase Wiley CPAexcel’s industry-leading software at a significant discount to further help them study for the exam. CSU-Globals online accounting masters degree also allows students with a bachelors degree in accounting to reach the 150 credits needed to be licensed as a CPA by most states; although, students should check with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) for their states specific licensing requirements.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, CPAs earn an average 10 percent more than other accountants, continued Dr. Bellum. This is because employers recognize the hard work, dedication, and advanced knowledge that comes through the certification process. Our MPA program is designed to help students earn that distinction as effectively as possible.

Visit CSUGlobal.edu/MPA for more information about the new online accounting masters degree program Colorado State University-Global Campus other 100 percent online bachelor’s degree and master’s degree programs. Classes start every four weeks and tuition is guaranteed not to increase as long as you are enrolled. Call 800-920-6723 or email Admissions(at)CSUGlobal(dot)edu to speak with an Enrollment Counselor today.

About Colorado State University-Global Campus

Colorado State University-Global Campus (CSU-Global) was created by the Colorado State University System Board of Governors in 2007 as the first 100 percent online state university in the United States. CSU-Global is focused on facilitating adult success in a global marketplace through career-relevant education including bachelors degree completion and masters degree programs. Embracing the land grant heritage as part of the Colorado State University System, CSU-Global sets the standard for quality and innovation in higher education through its expert faculty trained in working with adults in an online learning environment, and through its dedication to student retention, graduation and workplace success. Visit CSUGlobal.edu or call 1-800-920-6723 for more information.

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Denver teachers learning to reach English language learners
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Maisarah Upgrades its Islamic Finance Training License with Ethica Institute, Citing Improved Performance


Dubai, United Arab Emirates (PRWEB) October 21, 2014

Starting with just 45 bank trainees 6 months ago, Maisarah Islamic Banking Services, the Islamic banking window of BankDhofar of Oman, is now increasing the number of bankers trained online with Ethica Institutes 4-month Certified Islamic Finance Executive (CIFE) program. Ethicas online CIFE is the same certificate held by professionals in 64 countries and over 160 financial institutions. Ethicas program is also available with in-class Islamic finance training for banks that want a blended experience.

Feedback from senior management gave rousing praise to the program:

We are very happy with Ethicas 4 month program. The CIFE training and certification program started in May when the first batch comprising of 45 candidates registered. The program provided an excellent opportunity for employees to grow professionally, said Jamsheed Hamza, Head of Retail at Maisarah. One of the major challenges any business faces and especially in the Islamic finance sector is finding knowledgeable staff. This course is helping Maisarah overcome that barrier. With staff equipped with knowledge on Islamic products, they are able to answer customer queries and guide them to the right product. This in turn helps the organization gain recognition in the market.

The Group Leader and Head of Treasury, Yousuf Mohammed, praised the programs structure, saying, Ethica is really contributing to our staffs Islamic finance expertise. With Ethica, we believe there is unlimited opportunity for learning and growth in Islamic finance. The way the course is structured helps learners absorb sessions in small portions. That also retains interest and motivation to continue learning.

Training Manager, Dr. Hamid Al Marjan, confirmed that the bank would be upgrading their license with Ethica, saying, Within 4 months of registering the first batch, another group of Maisarah employees are ready to be certified by Ethica. Their e-learning solution is very unique and suits us since employees can continue their studies without compromising on their professional career. Ethica provided us with the flexibility to train as many bankers as we need without compromising on the quality of training.

Ethicas Certified Islamic Finance Executive (CIFE) program is designed to take those new to Islamic finance to an advanced level of practical knowledge in 4 months or less. Globally, Ethicas clients include several banking giants, most notably Mashreq Bank in Dubai, where 1,000 bankers were trained.







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Unique Venues Introduces Social Media Packages For Members


EDWARDS, COLORADO (PRWEB) June 11, 2014

Venues looking to expand their marketing reach on-line can now purchase a social media package with Unique Venues. Unique Venues introduces three new packages and a workshop to help manage a social media presence that will engage meeting planners online.

The three packages allow a customized experience for the needs of a venue. The Jump Start Program is ideal for the venue that needs help in getting started on social media sites. The package will include six months of guidance to set-up Facebook and Twitter, post consistent content, and establish social media channels that will engage with meeting planners.

The second package, Trend-Worthy Program, will enable venues to have social media reach for a year on Facebook and Twitter. This $ 2495 program will equip members with the necessary tools to be engaging where meeting and event planners are active.

The third package, The Kitchen Sink Program, provides full coverage of the social media networks. In addition to Facebook and Twitter, this package includes Pinterest and Instagram as well as credits for advertising on Facebook.

Starting in the fall, quarterly workshops will be held to help venues get started on social media. These $ 99 workshops are for the do-it-yourself marketing team who needs a few questions answered about social media before they can run their own accounts. The hour long workshop will give insight into best practices, how to get started, and how to stay connected on your own.

Packages begin at $ 1995 and can be added to any Unique Venues Membership.

At Unique Venues, we pride ourselves on setting our venues up for success in reaching meeting planners. Social Media is one arena that often is left out of the marketing plan. We want to partner with venues to truly make an engaging presence on-line,” said Unique Venues Marketing Manager Mandy Volpe.

For more information on these packages, contact Unique Venues at 866-266-6857 or visit http://www.uniquevenues.com/socialpackages.

About Unique Venues

With five offices in Colorado, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Georgia and British Columbia, Canada, Unique Venues has been the go-to source for non-conventional meeting and event venues, and the planners looking for them, for the past 27 years. The marketing and membership company started with the Guide to Convening on Campus in 1986 and since has grown to be the largest online database of unique venues in the U.S., Canada, Ireland, and the U.K. Each listing showcases a unique college or university, historical or cultural venue, arena or stadium, camp or retreat centers, conference or business center, or other special event venue, and includes contact information, photo and video galleries, menu samples, room capacities, and even a FREE RFP service. Planners also have access to the Unique Venues team who can provide an assisted search to find a unique site for hosting a meeting, family reunion, reception, party, conference, or gathering of any kind.







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Mile High Showdown: A week of direct action aimed at Wall Street banks

Mile High Showdown.

This week, join the Colorado Progressive Coalition in a series of actions aimed at Wall Street Banks. Protesters will be engaged in direct action including marches, delegations, and even a flashmob, specifically targeting Wells Fargo, who holds the largest market share of foreclosures in Colorado. Wells Fargo is also the largest and worst of the subprime predatory mortgage lenders.

Wall Street banks like Wells Fargo have hit people of color especially hard. According to the Denver Fact Sheet on mile-high-showdown.org, “During the housing boom, big banks and their mortgage lending operations were much more likely to put Black and Latino borrowers into higher-cost, subprime loans with a higher risk of default and foreclosure. A recent study finds that the bursting of the housing bubble and the ensuing economic crisis has led to a 66% loss of wealth for Latino households and a 53% loss for Black households, compared to a 16% loss for White households.” Black and Latinos were at least three times more likely than white borrowers to get subprime loans.

Today, protesters kicked off the week of action by visiting the Wells Fargo branch at 17th and Broadway downtown, where they delivered a list of demands. Those demands include asking that Wells Fargo pay its fair share in taxes, the federally mandated 35% tax rate and increase small business loans. Protesters also demand divestment from for-profit prison companies Geo, Inc. and Corrections Corporation of America. Geo is the operator of an immigration detention center in Aurora. Corrections Corporation of America has helped create anti-immigrant legislation in Arizona, according to a 2010 NPR report. You can read more about today’s action and see photos at the Denver Westword Blogs.

Below is a list of this weeks’ actions. You can also sign up at www.mile-high-showdown.org

Monday, Oct. 24th
• Demands Delivery: Come deliver a letter with our demands to a Wells Fargo branch with us and have it faxed to CEO Jeff Stumpf!
When: 11:30 am. Where: Colorado Progressive Coalition, 1029 Santa Fe Drive, Denver

• Outreach: Join our street teams to cover the entire city with our flyers and postcards!
When: 9 am and/or 5 pm Where: Colorado Progressive Coalition, 1029 Santa Fe Drive, Denver

Tuesday, Oct. 25th
• National Divestment Action: Close your account with Wells Fargo or any other big Wall Street bank! Download our divestment letter from www.newbottomline.com and bring it along, demand it be faxed to the CEO.
When: 12pm A big delegation will go close their accounts together. You can also participate individually or in small groups on your own. If you close your account, send a picture or statement to milehighshowdown@gmail.com
Where: Colorado Progressive Coalition, 1029 Santa Fe Drive, Denver. (staging area)

Wednesday, Oct. 26th
• Robin Hood flashmob action to deliver #occupytheboardroom messages to local 1%
When: 10 am
Where: Colorado Progressive Coalition, 1029 Santa Fe Drive, Denver (staging area)

Thursday, Oct. 27th
• Move in Day: Homeowners that Wells Fargo has kicked out of their homes will be moving into a Wells Fargo branch! Come and help us set up a “Fargoville” encampment with tents and furniture! Bring a lamp, a pillow, or other household item to carry with you as we march!
When: 12 pm
Where: Colorado Progressive Coalition, 1029 Santa Fe Drive, Denver (staging area)

Friday, Oct. 28th
• Student Rally and March to Wells Fargo to demand they divest from GEO, the private prison corporation
When: 4 pm
Where: In front of the Tivoli Student Union, Auraria Campus, 900 Auraria Parkway, Denver

Saturday, Oct. 29th
• Mass Mobilization with Occupy Denver
When: 12 pm
Where: Civic Center Park, 100 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver

5 years since pizza delivery drivers form a union

Recently facebooking, I saw that a few of my friends had posted an article on a group of pizza delivery drivers that had formed a union for the first time. I was so excited about the story that I didn’t notice the date of the article: 9/22/06

Well, its the 5th anniversary of the formation of the American Union of Pizza Delivery Drivers. The formation of a union of food service workers marked a big victory… not only for the workers, but for the labor movement. It’s difficult for fast food workers to organize due to high turnover rates, a workforce of young minimum wage earners, and ease of replacement of the workforce. All of these factors have made it easier for the fiercely anti-union bosses to fight any signs of unionization.

At the time the pizza delivery drivers were going into negotiations with their employer, Domino’s Pizza, Mark Damron, speaking on behalf of the IWW, spoke about the challenges of organizing in the food service industry. [Damron] “said that is changing because older workers are taking service industry jobs that were traditionally held by younger workers.” He went on to say, “As these people move into those jobs, they have higher expectations,” he said. “You are going to see more agitation and expectations among middle-aged men who have been downsized and are now working as baristas or short-order cooks.” ¹

Is this still true? Do older workers doing food service jobs have higher expectations? Unemployment has doubled since 2006, so those looking for work aren’t just those who lost their union jobs due to downsizing and shipping jobs overseas. We have seen some food service workers unionizing or attempting to unionize, with some victories here and there – i.e. Jimmy John’s and Starbucks workers organizing with IWW- but can we continue to grow the movement of food service workers?

1.”Pizza Delivery Drivers form First Union.” USA Today on the Web 9/22/2006. Accessed 9/23/06. <http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/food/2006-09-22-pizza-union_x.htm&gt;.

Solidarity wins against Chase!

Jennifer Hickey reports on the outcome of a struggle by Seattle activists to force a branch of Chase bank to return money they owed a customer.

via Solidarity wins against Chase | SocialistWorker.org.

New Rule: Bosses Must Inform Workers of Right to Organize – Working In These Times

New Rule: Bosses Must Inform Workers of Right to Organize – Working In These Times. – Read the article!

Employers must now post notices informing workers of their right to organize, to form, and to join labor unions. This rule goes into effect November 14.

Thank you National Labor Relations Board! This is long overdue. I spoke with about 3 workers just over the past week that told me their bosses said they weren’t allowed form a union.

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