You are the expert

As the BPS student services coordinator it is my job to connect with students, to help identify any roadblocks, as well as document factors that bolster academic success.  Student input is what helps us refine and direct BPS programming and supports.  It is essential to the success of BPS, and I enjoy checking in with students more than any other aspect of my job.

This past week I spoke with several BPSers about how classes were going.  Their insights proved to me just how important their voice is and how potentially powerful the blog forum would be to share these insights with all BPS students.

For example, I spoke with two students who, in my opinion, gave an excellent overview of e Books, including: their experience with them, the pros and cons, and their recommendations for use.  Their insights were just as meaningful as any I’ve read, and because they were unique to our program, they became more relevant to me than other more generic applications that I have read on-line.  I am still hoping one of them will write a blog…hint, hint.

When confronted with the task to write, most students say “I don’t blog” or “I don’t know how to blog”.  It couldn’t be easier.  Send an email to with a couple of paragraphs you would like to share.  It doesn’t have to be written like a newspaper article.  Write like you speak, like I am doing now.  If you share something cool that you have read somewhere, write down where you found it, so we can look it up as well.

Then just cut and paste whatever you wrote into the body of an email, or attach it in a Word document.  Not interested in writing, but wanting to pose a topic for discussion on the blog, email me that as well.  We will do the research and begin the conversation.  Chime in at any time by clicking on “comment” which is located directly below the post.

That’s all there is to it.  You can do it.

Building Communication Skills






Communication is an important component of the Bachelor of Professional Studies program. So important, in fact, that it’s part of the major: Organizational Leadership & Communication.

Why the emphasis on communication?

As a good communicator you’ll be able to sell your skill set on the job market. A well-written resume and cover letter will always stand out among a group of job seekers. When you get that interview, you’ll be well-spoken and impress any potential employer with your credentials and your experience.

When you’re gainfully employed, your communication skills will come in handy when you’re working in a team. Talking with your boss or, if you’re in a management position, with your employees, you’re going to need to express yourself clearly.

Communication is important as a student, too. You need to interact with your fellow students to complete group assignments. And there will be times when you need to connect with your instructor to discuss assignments and your progress in class.

Keep up the hard work in your classes and you’re going to be an A+ communicator before you know it.

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