Chancellor University - Archives for 12/2012

A Message to the Chancellor University Community

Thursday, December 27, 2012
To the Chancellor University Community,

Chancellor University, online college, online universityEvery month, the staff and faculty of Chancellor University get together to conduct what we call a University-Wide meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to bring everyone together as a team dedicated to education, keep everyone aware of the progress that Chancellor has made, and tackle challenges and opportunities.

This month, we had one of our best University-Wide meetings to date as we took several hours to put ourselves in our students’ shoes and walk through the entire student life cycle - from the first time they hear about Chancellor to their first week of class. As Dr. Steve Kerr shared, the best part of a workout session is that everyone comes to the meeting focused on generating positive ideas and solutions.

There were a large number of good ideas that emerged including recommendations on process changes, program modifications and policies we should adopt.

As a result, after the New Year every member of the staff and full-time faculty (myself and Dr. Kerr included) will join small teams to work on a specific area for improvement. Working together to evaluate the challenge and make a recommendation, the teams will present their findings and course for action at the February University-Wide meeting.

It goes without saying that there is not an organization in the world that cannot improve upon something. What Chancellor was doing ten months ago or even ten weeks ago to serve students can be improved upon. The fun and rewarding part is coming up with the solution, implementing it and then seeing the results.

Our University-Wide meetings demonstrate what a highly talented and passionate team we have. A team with integrity, energy and a commitment to serving our students… nothing in life is as rewarding as helping something one else achieve their dreams. For all of us, we have the privilege of helping people change their lives forever by earning a college degree.

I want to wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday… here is to peace and prosperity in 2013!

Kind regards,


Can I Go To DSW Now?

Wednesday, December 26, 2012
By Michele Yurcich

Senior Manager of Marketing & Development

Chancellor University

Chancellor University, Technology, ShoppingMore than 15 years ago when my husband and I started dating, I set a ground rule: He was in charge of all electronics. I insisted on this as the entire maze of what was then state-of-the-art gadgets was just too boring for me to want to dive in to or learn about.

Back in the day when our VCR died, it was his responsibility to replace it. Unfortunately, being the person that he is, he would try to include me on the decision making. It went something like this:

Him: Well, there are several options, but do you think you’ll need SP, EP (SLP) or LP … or do you want a combination of the above so you can record different ways?

Me: (Deer in headlights look)

Him: You probably want 4-head, don’t you? I mean, you could get away with 2-head, but …

Me: (Deer in headlights look)

Him: But don’t forget, if I get a Super VHS version then we’ll get significantly sharper image resolution. A standard VCR provides about 240 lines of sharpness (resolution) while a Super VHS provides over 400 lines.

Me (coming out of confused state): Look, I just need something that will record “Days of Our Lives” so I can watch it after work.

Men think women are so difficult. Really, we’re very easy to please.

So imagine my complete and utter sense of bewilderment when I went to look for a TV for him for Christmas this year. Walking into Best Buy was like walking into a foreign country where I didn’t know the language. And then it hit me: I now knew what it was like for my husband to go into DSW with me (for those not familiar, DSW is the mecca of shoes, a place where sandals and pumps and flats and mules and boots and more all come to live in harmony. It’s Girl Heaven).

Anyway, suddenly I was inundated with terms like LED, LCD, HDTV, Hz, LMNOP, XYZ. There’s 24”, 32”, 39”, 40”, 42” … really, is there that big of a difference in 1”-2”? … 50”, 60”, 70” … who needs something this big?! There were brand names I’ve never heard of, but the ones I did know were unexplainably more expensive. I was in sticker-price shock.

So with a headful of letters and numbers and still no idea what I should buy, I did what I thought would be the next best step in my quest: I asked my co-worker what I should do. Little did I know that I was treading on sacred ground. Here’s how that conversation went:

Me: I’m looking at TVs for my husband, but really I have no idea what I’m looking for. Can you help? I found a nice looking 32” …

Kevan (shock and despair in his voice): 32”?! Don’t you DARE give that man a 32” TV!

Me: But it looks like it’s nice and …

Kevan: Do not do that to him. That’s just wrong. The TV in my bedroom is bigger than that! No!

Me: But it’s on sale!

Kevan: (look of incredulity)

Me: (exasperated sigh)

Two days before Christmas I went back out to Best Buy. Once again, I stood in the middle of aforementioned inexplicable letters and sizes, closed my eyes, and pointed at one that looked like it would work, and would meet Kevan’s requirements. I won’t say what I got, but suffice to say that the 32” did not make it home. And I got a gift receipt.
POSTED IN: Education
AUTHOR: Michele Yurcich

Meet the Staff: Vasil Hadji Jordanov

Thursday, December 20, 2012
When Vasil Hadji Jordanov was charged with putting the Chancellor University Information Technology department at the top of its game, not only did he rise to the challenge, he called upon the rest of the University faculty and staff to follow his unique vision into the future of IT for higher ed. read more
POSTED IN: Student Services
AUTHOR: Libby Brandt

A Response to Sandy Hook: When did we stop protecting the Constitution?

Monday, December 17, 2012
As we mourn for the families and the community surrounding the tragic Sandy Hook shooting, I find that I am at a loss for words, and those who know me know that this in and of itself an anomaly.  I was asked to create a blog regarding this shooting.  As a mother of five children, three of which are kindergarten age, I cannot even think about Friday's events without tears and terror.  I feel for those families, I praise those teachers, and I beg society to see this as a call for help.  read more
POSTED IN: News and Media
AUTHOR: Gretchen Fleming

Understanding the mysteries for writing a successful business plan: Guidelines for students

Thursday, December 13, 2012
Writing a business plan can be such a daunting process to many students. There seem to be countless ways to write a business plan. As a certified management consultant providing business plan services to clients for over 25 years and teaching concepts of business plans for over 10 years, I have seen a basic and common theme to writing a successful business plan. read more
AUTHOR: Kevin Chen

Tech Success How Gretchen Freeman-Cromar got out of her comfort zones & into the Chancellor MBA program

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Comfort zones. We all have them. Some of us would like to get out of them.  Some of us already have.

Gretchen Freeman-Cromar, a soon-to-be Chancellor University MBA alumna, doesn’t like to stay in hers long. After spending more than 10 years working in the accounting industry, Gretchen decided to step out of her career comfort zone and try her hand in the world of technology. read more
AUTHOR: Libby Brandt

Chancellor University & The Men Who Built America

Wednesday, December 05, 2012
The Men Who Built America is a new four part History Channel series on the great American industrial leaders Cornelius Vanderbilt, John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, J. P. Morgan and Henry Ford.   These men made it look easy and learning their stories makes one wonder if destiny played a role in what they accomplished. Perhaps they were able to build these great companies because they
were destined to do so and they simply chose to fulfill their destiny? read more
POSTED IN: News and Media
AUTHOR: Richard Brhel

It's Not Me It's You

Monday, December 03, 2012

Careers, Chancellor UniversityYesterday in USA Weekend, I found an interesting article called “How to make yourself the workplace MVP” The concepts were truly simple, but it’s those little things that we can do every day in our jobs that can and will propel us.

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AUTHOR: Michele Yurcich
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