Siena Heights University’s Ethnic and Gender Studies Institute has been chosen to participate as a partner in the 2021-22 Great Michigan Read program sponsored by the Michigan Humanities Council.

The book this year is “The Women of the Copper Country,” by Mary Doria Russell. It highlights issues of gender, immigration, class and women’s roles in the early labor movement, and is set in an Upper Peninsula mining community. As part of this partnership, SHU recently received 30 free books as well as reader’s guides, teacher’s guides and bookmarks, and will also be receiving 10 e-book copies soon.

“The author will be available to present on her novel and talk with us next semester, and I’m hoping to host an in-person event that could also be streamed to those off campus,” said SHU EGS Director and Professor of English Julie Barst.

The Great Michigan Read aims to connect Michiganians by deepening readers’ understanding of the state, society and humanity. A statewide panel of teachers, librarians, community leaders and book lovers select the Great Michigan Read every two years.

Siena Heights University was ranked 24th in the nation by the valuecolleges.com Top 50 Best Value Online Degree Completion Programs for 2021.

In fact, Siena Heights was the only Michigan college or university in the Top 50 list.

“Our SHU Global Online Learning Program continues to set the standard of excellence that we expect at Siena Heights,” said SHU President Sister Peg Albert, OP, PhD. “To be included in this prestigious list, which includes some of the largest public universities in the nation, is quite an accomplishment. Our faculty and staff should be congratulated.”

According to valuecolleges.com, its editors focused exclusively on programs from accredited, legitimate institutions known for their return on investment. Programs are ranked according to practical factors such as cost, reputation and salary potential.

“Now more than ever, students are in need of a quality online educational experience,” said SHU Global Dean for Graduate and Professional Program Dr. Cheri Betz. “The Value Colleges ranking provides current and potential students with an assurance that as an online student at Siena, they will be in a learning environment that sets them up for success.”

SHU Global offers quality and affordable academic programs for students who are in different places in their lives and careers. Siena Heights has offered online programs since 2004.

“Siena’s consistent recognition by organizations such as Value Colleges and U.S. News and World Report speaks to the years of designated resources our institution has invested in online education,” Dr. Betz said. “Our positive reputation for training and developing online faculty has grown through the years so much so that Siena now offers online faculty trainings to other institutions.”

SHU Global’s unique online Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree builds on the AAS major students have completed through college study, work experience and/or training. Degrees are available in allied health, public safety, technical and other specialized occupational fields.

SHU Global also offers online bachelor’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Community and Human Services, Multidisciplinary Studies, Professional Communication and RN to BSN, with master’s degrees available in Business Administration (MBA), Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Health Care Leadership, Higher Education Leadership, Nursing (MSN) and Organizational Leadership.

The Siena Tuition Advantage price certainty plan provides a two-year fixed tuition plan for all SHU Global students. SHU Global also partners with businesses and organizations to provide tuition discounts for employees and students.

To view the complete rankings, visit www.valuecolleges.com/ranking/best-online-degree-completion.

To begin your SHU Global journey, go to start.sienaheights.edu.

Siena Heights University is introducing its new SHU Global brand that encompasses the educational experience for professional working students.

SHU Global is the culmination of more than 45 years of delivering quality and affordable academic programs where students are in their lives and careers. That originally meant offering undergraduate and graduate programs at one of SHU’s several Michigan locations. Since 2004, it now includes SHU’s nationally ranked Online Program.

Here are the characteristics of the SHU Global experience:

  • 7-week course delivery, 6 start dates per year
  • Generous credit for work experience
  • The Siena Tuition Advantage fixed pricing plan
  • The flexibility of on-ground, hybrid or online classes
  • Qualified online career counseling
  • Personalized advising every step of the student journey
  • Quality faculty who integrate theory into practice
  • The unique and distinctive Bachelor of Applied Science degree
  • An impressive selection of undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs

For the eighth consecutive year, SHU’s undergraduate Online Learning Program was ranked nationally by the U.S. News and World Report. And for the fifth consecutive year, Siena Heights was the top-rated in Michigan among all institutions. Siena Heights tied for 34th among all public and private institutions.

SHU Global’s unique Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree builds on the AAS major students have completed through college study, work experience and/or training. Degrees are available in allied health, public safety, technical and other specialized occupational fields.

SHU Global also offers bachelor’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Community and Human Services, Multidisciplinary Studies, Professional Communication and RN to BSN, with master’s degrees available in Business Administration (MBA), Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Health Care Leadership, Higher Education Leadership, Nursing (MSN) and Organizational Leadership.

The Siena Tuition Advantage price certainty plan provides a two-year fixed tuition plan for all SHU Global students. SHU Global also partners with businesses and organizations to provide tuition discounts for employees and students.

To begin your SHU Global journey, go to start.sienaheights.edu.

Siena Heights University’s Theatre Siena has announced its schedule for the 2021-22 academic year.

The season opens with the Homecoming Weekend production of “Rent,” from Oct. 14-16. Directed by SHU Assistant Professor of Theater and Dance Michael Yuen, the rock musical tells a story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create life in lower Manhattan’s East Village in the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City. Curtain time is at 7:30 p.m. each evening on the Haller Stage in the Spencer Performing Arts Center.

Here are the remaining shows for the 2021-22 season:

  • “Steel Magnolias” is from Nov. 11-13 in the Stubnitz Lab Theatre. Directed by Leah Crocetto, the play is about the bond among a group of Southern women in northwest Louisiana. Curtain times are at 7:30 p.m. each evening.
  • “Student-directed One-Acts” are from Dec. 9-11 in the Stubnitz Lab Theatre. These shows are directed by students from the play directing class. Curtain times are at 7:30 p.m. each evening.
  • “She Kills Monsters” is from Feb. 3-5 in the Stubnitz Lab Theatre. Directed by Michael Yuen, the show is about Agnes Evans, who loses her parents and little sister in a car accident. The plot takes place in a reality and the imaginary game world. Curtain times are at 7:30 p.m. each evening.
  • The Child Drama Program will have a show to be announced from Feb. 25-27 on the Haller Stage. It will be directed by Julianne Dolan.
  • “Big Fish,” a musical, will be from April 7-9 on the Haller Stage. Directed by SHU Professor of Theatre Mark DiPietro, the show revolves around the relationship between a traveling salesman and his adult son. Curtain times are at 7:30 p.m. each evening.
  • “Student-directed One-Acts” are from April 26-28 in the Stubnitz Lab Theatre. These shows are directed by students from the play directing class. Curtain times are at 7:30 p.m. each evening.

Tickets are available at the box office beginning 90 minutes prior to each show. For general shows, cost is $8 for adults, $6 for students and seniors. For musicals, cost is $12 for adults, $8 for student and seniors. Season passes good for two guests are also available for $50.

For more information, visit www.theatresiena.com or call 517-264-7890.

Owens Community College and Siena Heights University recently formalized an articulation agreement creating a seamless transfer path for Owens graduates to complete their bachelor’s degree online with SHU.  

“We are pleased to offer Owens Community College graduates the opportunity to complete their bachelor’s degree online with Siena Heights University,” said SHU President Sister Peg Albert, OP, PhD. “We are excited about this collaboration with Owens Community College.”

The articulation agreement is designed to provide Owens Community College graduates equal consideration with other students seeking admission and financial aid. Credit completed at Owens will transfer toward a SHU baccalaureate degree in Applied Science, Business Administration and Community and Human Services.

“We are proud to partner with Siena Heights University on this agreement,” said Dione Somerville EdD, president, Owens Community College. “Owens remains committed to providing pathways that lead to meaningful student outcomes  and this partnership is further demonstration of that commitment.”

In addition, the articulation agreement also provides eligible Owens Community College employees a discounted tuition rate for SHU undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

For the eighth consecutive year, SHU’s undergraduate Online Learning Program was ranked nationally by the U.S. News and World Report. And for the fifth consecutive year, Siena Heights was the top-rated in Michigan among all institutions. Siena Heights tied for 34th among all public and private institutions.

The Siena Tuition Advantage price certainty plan provides a two-year fixed tuition plan for all students in the College of Arts and Sciences, the College for Professional Studies and the Graduate College.

Siena Heights also offers online and on-campus graduate programs upon completion of a bachelor’s degree. For more information about Siena Heights University, please visit start.sienaheights.edu.

Washtenaw Community College and Siena Heights University recently formalized an articulation agreement creating a seamless transfer path for WCC registered nursing graduates to complete their Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree online with SHU.  

“Building a partnership with Siena Heights University is another way for our students to achieve their goals,” said WCC Executive Vice President of Instruction and Academic Affairs Dr. Kimberly Hurns. “We are grateful to SHU for providing this pathway for student success.”

“We are pleased to offer Washtenaw Community College RN graduates the opportunity to complete their bachelor’s degree online with Siena Heights University,” said SHU President Sister Peg Albert, OP, PhD. “We are excited about this collaboration with Washtenaw Community College.”

The articulation agreement is designed to provide Washtenaw Community College RN graduates equal consideration with other students seeking admission and financial aid. Credit completed at WCC will transfer towards a SHU baccalaureate degree.

In addition, the articulation agreement also provides eligible full-time Washtenaw Community College employees a discounted tuition rate for SHU undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

For the eighth consecutive year, SHU’s undergraduate Online Learning Program was ranked nationally by the U.S. News and World Report. And for the fifth consecutive year, Siena Heights was the top-rated in Michigan among all institutions. Siena Heights tied for 34th among all public and private institutions.

The Siena Tuition Advantage price certainty plan provides a two-year fixed tuition plan for all students in the College of Arts and Sciences, the College for Professional Studies and the Graduate College.

Siena Heights also offers online and on-campus graduate programs upon completion of a bachelor’s degree. For more information about Siena Heights University, please visit start.sienaheights.edu.

For the eighth consecutive year, Siena Heights University’s undergraduate Online Learning Program was ranked nationally by the U.S. News and World Report. And for the fifth consecutive year, Siena Heights was the top-rated in Michigan among all institutions.

Siena Heights tied for 34th among all public and private institutions, and was the second highest ranked Catholic institution and the seventh highest ranked private college or university in the nation. In addition, Siena Heights was also ranked 31st in the nation in the Best Online Bachelor’s Program for Veterans category. That was also the highest ranking by a Michigan college or university in that category.U.S. News and World Report Online Ranking

“Our Online Learning Program continues the standard of excellence that we expect at Siena Heights,” said SHU President Sister Peg Albert, OP, PhD. “To be ranked nationally for eight consecutive years, as well as the top-rated in Michigan for five straight years, is quite an accomplishment, especially during these challenging times. Our faculty and staff should be congratulated.”

U.S. News and World Report’s methodology included student engagement, faculty credentials and training, expert opinion and student services and technology to determine the rankings. The publication released its 2021 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs rankings Jan. 26.

“Now more than ever, students are in need of a quality online educational experience,” said SHU Dean of the College for Professional Studies Dr. Cheri Betz. “The U.S. News and World Report ranking provides current and potential students with an assurance that as an online student at Siena, they will be in a learning environment that sets them up for success.”

U.S. News and World Report Online Veteran Ranking

Siena Heights also ranked first nationally in faculty credentials and training with a perfect 100 score, and fifth in student engagement, according to the publication.

Siena Heights has offered online bachelor’s degree completion programs in selected majors since 2004. Here is how Siena Heights’ undergraduate Online Learning Program has been ranked nationally over the years by U.S. News and World Report:

  • 2014: 131st
  • 2015: 25th
  • 2016: 72nd
  • 2017: 24th
  • 2018: 23rd
  • 2019: 29th
  • 2020: 33rd
  • 2021: 34th

“Siena’s consistent achievement of the U.S. News and World Report rankings speaks to the years of designated resources our institution has invested in online education,” Dr. Betz said. “Our positive reputation for training and developing online faculty has grown through the years so much so that Siena now offers online faculty trainings to other institutions.”

To view the complete U.S. News and World Report rankings, visit www.usnews.com/education/online-education.

For more information about Siena Heights University’s Online Learning Program, contact 1-866-937-2748 or visit start.sienaheights.edu/online.

Julianne Dolan, class of 1976Angela Edward, class of 2009C. Patrick Palmer, honorary alumniMitchell Prater, class of 2018

Siena Heights University announced its 2021 Alumni Award winners. This year’s recipients will be honored Oct. 15 during Homecoming Weekend.

The Saint Dominic Award winner is Julianne Dolan (class of 1976) of Adrian, Mich. Dolan. Dolan has been a longtime theater educator in Lenawee County, working for Adrian Public Schools. She became the district’s first Fine Arts Director and continues to volunteer for arts-related events like Art-A-Licious and still direct shows at the Croswell Opera House. The Saint Dominic Award recognizes commitment to Christian education in family, school or community.

The recipient of the Outstanding Alumni Award is Angela Edward (class of 2009) of Jackson, Mich. Edward works as a social worker at Thome PACE, an organization that provides a variety of services to the elderly, allowing them to maintain independent lifestyles and stay out of retirement homes. She was also the 2020 winner of the Jackson Community Big Sister of the Year Award. The Outstanding Alumni Award recognizes outstanding professional achievements and/or volunteer contributions to promote Siena positively to the community, demonstrate strong leadership characteristics and serve as significant role models for others. 

The Honorary Alumni Award winner is former Siena Heights administrator, coach and faculty member C. Patrick Palmer of Bradenton, Fla. Palmer served as a coach, athletic director, faculty member, dean and in enrollment spanning over four decades. He retired from SHU in 2013 as Vice President of Enrollment Management. The Honorary Alumni Award recognizes non-alumni of Siena Heights who demonstrate exceptional commitment to and support for the mission and spirit of the University.

Receiving the Recent Graduate Award posthumously is Mitchell Prater (class of 2018), formerly of Toledo, Ohio. Prater was a dynamic leader while a student on the Adrian campus. A social work graduate, Prater was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer and passed away Dec. 16, 2020. During his battle, the Facebook group “The Mitchell Project” provided insight into his final months of his life.  He is being honored for his work assisting others, especially those with disabilities and how he lived his life in the spirit of the Siena Heights mission. The Recent Graduate Award recognizes alumni who have graduated within the past 10 years, and whose professional achievement, community involvement and/or civic commitment demonstrate dedication to Christian values and the spirit of Siena Heights University.

Siena Heights University and the Alliance Catholic Credit Union have announced a business partnership that will offer discounted tuition degree completion options and other educational opportunities to ACCU employees. 

“The Alliance Catholic Credit Union and Siena Heights University have had an outstanding relationship, and we are excited to finalize this business partnership that will offer educational opportunities to ACCU,” said SHU President Sister Peg Albert, OP, PhD. “We look forward to continuing this productive relationship that will ultimately benefit ACCU employees and their families.” 

Under the partnership agreement, ACCU employees will receive a tuition discount and will receive personalized advising and student success and career counseling from SHU Global, which houses the university’s graduate and professional studies programs. 

“We are excited to further our relationship with Siena Heights University and offer our employees and their families this amazing opportunity to further their education,” said Rob Grech, President/CEO of Alliance Catholic Credit Union. “With their outstanding academic reputation and nationally recognized online learning program, Siena Heights gives our team great options to pursue a high-quality degree.” 

SHU Global offers bachelor’s degrees in Applied Science, Accounting, Business Administration, Community and Human Services, Multidisciplinary Studies, Professional Communication and RN to BSN, with master’s degrees available in Business Administration, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Health Care Leadership, Higher Education Leadership, Nursing and Organizational Leadership and Teacher Education. 

For the fifth consecutive year, SHU’s undergraduate Online Learning Program was ranked as the best in Michigan among all institutions by the U.S. News and World Report. Siena Heights also was ranked nationally for the eighth consecutive year, finishing tied for 34th among all public and private institutions.  

Siena Heights was also ranked first nationally in online faculty training and credentials and fifth in student engagement by the U.S. News and World Report. 

“We are proud of our nationally recognized Online Program,” said Dean of SHU Graduate and Professional Studies Dr. Cheri Betz. “SHU Global’s programs are designed to meet the needs of adult students seeking to advance their careers by acquiring new skills and abilities needed for today’s workforce.” 

SHU Global may accept up to 90 college credits toward a bachelor’s degree from regionally accredited institutions. Credit is also awarded for military and workforce training, professional licenses and certifications. 

Accelerated classes are offered every seven weeks online, and Siena Heights offers open enrollment. There are also blended classes available at SHU Global’s degree completion centers in Michigan. 

“We invite ACCU employees to learn about all the educational opportunities SHU Global is ready to provide with this partnership,” Dr. Betz said.  

For more information, visit start.sienaheights.edu

Siena Heights University’s undergraduate Online Learning Program was ranked first in Michigan and 36th nationally by Plexuss, The Student Opportunity Network.

According to Plexuss, the rankings are based on reputable ranking sources and elements that impact adult students the most.

“We know our Online Learning Program continues the standard of excellence that we expect at Siena Heights,” said SHU President Sister Peg Albert, OP, PhD. “I would like to congratulate our faculty and staff who have worked so hard to build such a quality program.”

With key factors such as graduation rates, new graduate debt, ease of transfer and salary potential, Plexuss’ said its ranking sources take into consideration the most important elements that impact adult students the most. For 2020-21, it has utilized the following sources to come up with the Best Online Colleges:

For colleges or universities to be included in the Plexuss rankings, they must be featured by either U.S. News or Washington Monthly.

Siena Heights has offered online bachelor’s degree completion programs in selected majors since 2004.

“We are pleased to be recognized by Plexuss,” said SHU Dean for Graduate and Professional Programs Dr. Cheri Betz. “This acknowledgment further solidifies the quality, value, and reputation of a Siena education.”

In addition, Siena Heights’ criminal justice program was also ranked fourth in the state of Michigan, according to Plexuss’ rankings.

To view the complete Plexuss rankings for Siena Heights University, visit https://plexuss.com/u/siena-heights-university/ranking/overall-rankings?coverage=state.

For more information about Siena Heights University’s Online Learning Program, contact 1-866-937-2748 or visit start.sienaheights.edu/online.

Siena Heights University and its food service partner, SHU Dining, was recognized by the Colleges of Distinction organization’s recent article entitled, “Best College Dining Halls,” which was recently released on its web site.

SHU Dining, part of the Chartwells Higher Ed company, was recognized for its service during the COVID-19 pandemic, including its take-out options as well as hand delivering meals to students quarantined on campus.The Siena Heights University Dining Hall.

“What an uplifting surprise to have learned that SHU Dining has been recognized by Colleges of Distinction,” said SHU Dining Director of Dining Services Michael Miller. “All credit goes to the SHU Dining staff as they are on the ‘front lines’ serving our student guests every day.”

The Colleges of Distinction article also recognized SHU Dining for coordinating its menu for special occasions like Black History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month and Thanksgiving. SHU Dining also has worked at helping the less fortunate in the Lenawee community.

The article also cited one of SHU Dining’s longtime employees, Sandy Vanderlaan, who recently received an Honorary Alumni Award from the university for her personalized service to students, faculty and staff over her 35-year-plus career.

“The Chartwells’ SHU Dining Team are dedicated partners to Siena Heights University,” said SHU Dean for Students Michael Orlando. “They willingly adapt to our students’ feedback and wonderfully support key programming aspects throughout the year. From Admissions to Athletics, Diversity and Inclusion to Student Engagement, and Siena Serves to supporting students in need, SHU Dining truly cares and consistently goes above and beyond.”

The dining room located in the McLaughlin University Center even comes equipped with a unique, made-to-order Mongolian grill, where people can have their food prepared right in front of them.

Siena Heights was one of 15 dining halls nationally recognized in the article, and the only institution in Michigan.

For the complete story, visit https://collegesofdistinction.com/advice/best-college-dining-halls/.

 

Siena Heights University and the City of Detroit have announced a business partnership that will offer discounted tuition degree completion options and other educational opportunities to Detroit’s more than 8,000 employees.

“We are thrilled to partner with the City of Detroit and look forward to a long and productive relationship that will ultimately benefit the city’s employees and their families,” said SHU President Sister Peg Albert, OP, PhD. “Siena Heights University has more than 45 years of experience educating working adult students in the metro Detroit area.”

Under the partnership agreement, City of Detroit employees will receive a tuition discount and will receive personalized advising and student success and career counseling from Siena Heights.

“We are excited to add Siena Heights University to our list of education partners.,” said City of Detroit Talent Development and Performance Management Specialist III Tylene Blue, MSA. “This partnership helps the City of Detroit in our mission to develop and train our employees to provide world-class service to our residents as well as help our employees further their educational aspiration.”

SHU offers bachelor’s degrees in Applied Science, Accounting, Business Administration, Community and Human Services, Multidisciplinary Studies, Professional Communication and RN to BSN, with master’s degrees available in Business Administration, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Health Care Leadership, Higher Education Leadership, Nursing and Organizational Leadership and Teacher Education.

For the fifth consecutive year, SHU’s undergraduate Online Learning Program was ranked as the best in Michigan among all institutions by the U.S. News and World Report. Siena Heights also was ranked nationally for the eighth consecutive year, finishing tied for 34th among all public and private institutions.

Siena Heights was also ranked first nationally in online faculty training and credentials and fifth in student engagement by the U.S. News and World Report.

“We are proud of our nationally recognized Online Program,” said SHU Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies Dr. Cheri Betz. “Our programs are designed to meet the needs of adult students seeking to advance their careers by acquiring new skills and abilities needed for today’s workforce.”

Siena Heights may accept up to 90 college credits toward a bachelor’s degree from regionally accredited institutions. Credit is also awarded for military and workforce training, professional licenses and certifications.

Accelerated classes are offered every seven weeks, and Siena Heights offers open enrollment. There are also blended classes available at SHU’s degree completion centers in Michigan.

“We invite City of Detroit employees to learn about all the educational opportunities Siena Heights University is ready to provide with this partnership,” Dr. Betz said.

For more information, visit start.sienaheights.edu

An associate of applied science degree (AAS) can be one of the quickest paths to a stable, well-paying career in a number of fields. Here’s what you need to know about this degree level, plus what you can do with an AAS degree and the next steps to take after you finish your AAS. 

What Is an Associate of Applied Science Degree? 

An associate of applied science degree, or AAS, is a two-year associate-level college degree with a focus in a particular applied science or technical skill. Students spend the majority of their coursework in technical courses directly related to their chosen area of study. Relevant AAS degrees can help aspiring professionals pursue career paths as diverse as dental hygienist, web developer or chemical technician. 

Community colleges, vocational schools and traditional four-year colleges and universities all can offer AAS degrees. Not every institution offers every specialization, though. 

Typically, the only prerequisites to earning an AAS degree are high school graduation (or equivalent) and acceptance at a school offering the program in question. Degree curriculum will vary depending on both the school you choose and the specialization you seek. That said, you should expect the curriculum to be highly focused on the technical skills needed for your chosen career field. 

There are a wide range of positions available to graduates who hold an AAS degree. Many are well-paying roles that can develop into a fulfilling career. 

Benefits of Earning an Associate of Applied Science Degree 

There are quite a few benefits to earning an associate degree in one of the applied sciences. First, an AAS degree can be a quick path toward well-paying and meaningful work in a range of fields. Many students appreciate that they can move into the workforce quickly rather than spend four, six or even more years pursuing a higher-level degree. 

Second, with a larger pool of institutions offering them, these degrees tend to be easier to access. You can’t earn a PhD at your local community college, but chances are quite high you can earn an AAS. 

Third, the technical skills you learn in your AAS program are challenging, advanced skills that are in demand by today’s employers. The program may be short, but the technical knowledge you gain is invaluable. 

How Long Does It Take to Earn an Associate of Applied Science? 

Most associate programs are built with a two-year timeframe in mind. More and more programs offer flexible pacing, accelerated pacing or even both, so you might be able to complete all AAS classes in an even shorter timeframe. Or you may be able to slow down your studies if your responsibilities require it. 

One thing you should know: AAS degrees tend to require more credit hours than other associate programs. Depending on your concentration and its credit requirements, you may need a little longer than two years to complete it. 

Are AAS Credits Transferable? 

While an AAS alone can be the ticket to solid jobs and good career prospects, many students consider going on to earn their bachelor’s degree after earning their associate of applied science degree. This leads to the natural question: Are AAS credits transferable? 

The answer, for many institutions, is yes. If you’ve earned your AAS at a regionally accredited institution, your credits may transfer into bachelor’s programs at many universities, including Siena Heights University. 

In fact, here at Siena Heights University, we offer a fully customizable Bachelor of Applied Science degree that rounds out what you learned in your AAS classes. This undergraduate program is unique in that it isn’t designed to further your understanding of your particular discipline—there are no technical courses in dental hygiene, web development or whatever area your AAS focused on. Instead, you’ll pursue a curriculum in the liberal arts to give you the full educational experience of a traditional bachelor’s program, as well as customized courses that support your desired career path. 

This unique approach creates significant value, allowing you to round out your technical knowledge with complementary courses in business or communication, for example. 

Associate of Applied Science or an Associate of Science—What’s the Difference? 

These two degrees have similar names, but they have significantly different outcomes. An Associate of Applied Science degree prepares you to immediately enter the workforce in some kind of technical role. In this way, the AAS can be considered a terminal degree. It’s the highest expected degree to enter and be successful in a given career path as it incorporates the hands-on technical skills needed in the field. 

An Associate of Science degree, or AS degree, is different. Typically, this degree is preparatory and offered with the intent of transferring into a four-year program. 

Is an AAS Degree Worth Anything? 

Yes, as covered above, an AAS degree can be the key to many professional career paths. As a result, an AAS degree is worth plenty if your goal is to obtain the skills needed to enter one of those fields and get your career started. Additionally, with the ability to transition toward a Bachelor of Applied Science, you can continue your education while working In your technical field. 

Popular AAS Fields of Study 

There are many jobs that require or at least benefit from a specific AAS degree or certification, including: 

  • Dental hygienist 

  • Sonographer 

  • Physical therapist assistant 

  • Bookkeeper 

  • Mechanic 

  • Entry-level technology positions 

  • Heavy industry technicians (chemical, petroleum, geological, etc.) 

Is an AAS Degree Right for You? 

If your end goal is to enter a career path for which an AAS degree is expected then, yes, an AAS degree is likely right for you. 

That said, you might not want to stop there. AAS classes can teach you the technical skills necessary to become a web developer or bookkeeper. But they won’t teach you how to launch your own business in those fields, nor will they focus on improving your marketing, communication or other vital professional and interpersonal skills. In this way, the AAS will help you enter your chosen career field with technical expertise as you determine when and how you may want to further your educate to advance your career.  

Continue Your Educational Journey at Siena Heights University 

If you have an entrepreneurial spirit, consider extending your education with a bachelor of applied science at Siena Heights, picking up whatever other skills you need to round out your technical education. 

You may be closer to a bachelor’s degree than you think. At Siena Heights University, we go the extra mile to ensure you get the college credit you deserve. Advance your career in your field of expertise with one of our customizable degree completion programs. Contact us today! 

Pursuing a career-defining education in nursing requires time and dedication. Of course, it’s completely worth it … especially when you earn your degree from an accredited school, like Siena Heights University.  

That said, it’s not a bad idea to lighten your load just a little as you explore your career future. One way is with some outside-the-classroom reading—nursing blogs. 

Nursing blogs can be a source of inspiration and entertainment as you learn what it takes to succeed as a nurse. From nursing student blogs to funny blogs, these are the top nursing blogs every nursing student should be reading. 

Funny Nursing Blogs 

Nursing is a serious occupation, but you need a good dose of humor to get through each day well. Some funny nurse blogs may be just what the “doctor ordered” to keep spirits high throughout the day: 

1. Nurse Buff 

This blog takes a funny approach to the nursing field—it’s the place to go if you want to catch the latest nursing memes and funny quotes. It also provides a healthy dose of daily life advice for nurses, so it’s worth your time. 

2. ScrubLife Humor 

While It’s not actually a blog, but an Instagram feed run by a “novice RN trying to get through the shift In peace,” you’ll find plenty of humorous and cynical nurse memes, mostly laughing at the not-so-fun parts of working In healthcare.  

3. Nurse Blake 

Nurse Blake has plenty of memes that you can show to your fellow nursing students to break the ice and get people laughing. Nurse Blake is so funny that he goes on tour, and you can get a taste for his hilarity by following his blog. 

4. Donna Cardillo, the Inspiration Nurse 

Designed to inspire nurses, this blog has a healthy dose of humor written in as well. Donna’s goal is to help women in nursing feel happy in their careers, and she knows a good dose of laughter is a key component of that! 

5. Nurse Abnormalities 

Nursing is a quirky profession, at least that is the premise of this blog. Nurse Danielle LeVeck explores stories from the nursing industry … and some of the posts are quite entertaining. You’ll find a mixture of educational topics woven into this blog, as well. 

6. Don’t Curse the Nurse! 

The longer you’re in nursing, the more you will realize that nurses can take some abuse. The only way to learn to live with it is it learn to laugh, and that’s what Don’t Curse the Nurse strives to do. Learn from other nurses, laugh at the craziness of patients, and get some support and inspiration for your own career through this blog. 

7. The Underside of Nursing 

This is one of the only nursing blog that tackles nursing stories and topics in the form of poetry. Have a little fun and explore some literature with this off-the-cuff blog. 

8. Diary of a School Nurse 

Mix nursing and kids and you have a recipe for hilarity. This blog explores those “yes, it really happened” stories that only school nurses can have. It also provides practical tips for nurses in this field. 

9. The Nurse Farmer 

The Nurse Farmer is passionate about nursing and organic farming. He takes a fun and often humorous approach to talking about both in his blog. 

10. GomerBlog 

GomerBlog has funny medical satire for all types of healthcare professionals. It has an entire section on nursing. This blog is only funny when you realize it is written as satire, but you’ll find it very interesting once you embrace the premise. 

Academic Nursing Blogs 

Not all blogs are designed to entertain. Sometimes you are going to want to follow a blog because of the education it provides, which can help you in school and in practice. Here are some blogs that are great for nursing students because of what they teach: 

11. Nurse Alice Benjamin 

Known as “America’s Favorite Nurse,” Nurse Alice isn’t afraid to tackle tough subjects in her blog. It’s an academic nursing blog because it covers factual nursing topics. Additionally, Nurse Alice is a black woman who tackles racial issues that affect the nursing career field. 

12. Dear Nurses 

Dear Nurses is unique because it has a number of graphical explanations for common nursing problems. If you’re a visual learner, this is a great blog to bookmark to use for your research. It’s also quite well established, dating back to 2006. 

13. Off the Charts 

Perhaps one of the most helpful academic nursing blogs, Off the Charts is the blog of the American Journal of Nursing. It explores just about any topic in nursing and has many expert writers on board. 

14. Nurse Code 

Nurse code is written to help nurses as they move through the nursing career ladder. It covers topics like how to ace an interview, how to reach out to a coworker who is struggling, or how to deal with conflicts within a unit. 

15. On the Pulse 

On the Pulse is the blog of Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. This blog covers nursing trends that are relevant to today’s nurses and nursing students. It also has some personal stories to keep the reading engaging. 

16. Daily Nurse 

Stay tuned on the latest medical studies, journal reports, and nursing law changes with Daily Nurse. This is a wealth of information to keep nursing students informed and aware of what is happening in the industry. 

17. RegisteredNurseRN 

Specifically designed for nursing school students, this blog offers insights and lectures to prepare for the NCLEX as well as general blog posts about the profession and nursing school. 

18. Nurse Skyanne 

Nurse Skyanne wants to see more nurses find success in school. She delves into topics and resources nursing students need to find success. She also talks about her personal experiences as a nurse, which some students find inspirational. 

19. ANS: Advances in Nursing Science 

Learn about the latest changes in nursing science through this blog. It explores everything from scientific breakthroughs to research studies, giving you relevant advice you can put into your future practice. 

20. New Things Nurse 

Through this blog, seasoned nurses encourage new nurses to understand their options and how to take the next step in their careers. It has plenty of practical education and personal accounts. 

21. Straight A Nursing Student 

Learn what it takes to succeed academically in nursing with this comprehensive blog for nursing students. 

22. The Nerdy Nurse 

The Nerdy Nurse explores technology and nursing education. Easy to read, this blog helps nurses understand the tech that’s available to them. It also has many product reviews. 

Specialty Nursing Blogs 

Do you picture yourself as a nurse manager, pediatric nurse, or in a geriatric practice? Specialty nursing lets you focus on one specific area. You may wonder what it takes to specialize in one field or another. These blogs from nurses in different specialties can offer some insight: 

23. Nurse Gail 

Nurse Gail is written by a nurse practitioner Gail Ingram who debunks medical myths and fads. It’s a great resource for student nurses who want to learn more about the facts of healthcare, so they can give their patients better overall care. 

24. Your Nurse Attorney 

Yes, nurses can face legal concerns just like professionals in any other industry. Your Nurse Attorney is written by Brown Law Office, a law firm that specializes in representing nurses. It explores a number of topics that relate to nurses and nursing students, including the legalities of nurse licenses. 

25. Strategies for Nurse Managers 

This blog explores the unique needs of nurse managers. It touches on how to work well with people and how to be a strong leader. If you feel that your career may be pushing you toward a leadership position, this is a blog you need in your back pocket. 

26. Death Nurse 

The title may seem somber, but this blog is quite fascinating. The author is a palliative care and hospice nurse who takes a proactive approach to address the issues of dying patients. You will come away inspired about the importance of this specialty after reading this blog. 

27. Minority Nurse 

If you are a nursing student that Is part of a minority group, you have unique issues to consider for your future career. Minority Nurse is a blog that will help you understand the advantages and disadvantages of being a minority nurse in the modern healthcare industry. 

28. The CRNA Chase 

This blog is designed for APRNs and follows the work of Kiki Mattress, a certified registered nurse anesthetist. She helps nurses understand what it takes to become a specialized nurse in anesthetics or a similar field. 

29. Nurse Barb 

Nurse Barb is a women’s health nurse practitioner. She has unique insight into what it takes to work in this specialty and, also, posts health tips and inspirational stories. 

30. Correctional Nurse 

People in the correctional world are some of the most vulnerable patients around, and Correctional Nurse explores the unique challenges of working with this demographic. If you are interested in working with incarcerated patients, this is a must read. 

31. The Relentless School Nurse 

School nurses face unique challenges and sometimes see the worst in humanity as they deal with abuse, neglect, and trauma. This blog explores why working as a school nurse is so important and how school nurses can make a difference by being relentless. 

32. Infusion Nurse Blog 

This blog is unique to nurses and professionals who work in infusion and vascular practices. It provides education and inspiration. 

Travel Nursing Blogs 

Travel nursing allows you to take your nursing skills all around the country and, sometimes, even the world, working temporarily in areas where your skills are in particularly high demand. Travel nursing brings a unique set of challenges, and you will need to learn how to manage these effectively if you want to start a career in this field. These travel nurse blogs can help you understand more about the field: 

33. The Wandering Nurse Blog 

Kylie is a trauma nurse and travel junkie. She explores both nursing advice and travel tips in her blog, making it ideal for those who are considering travel nursing careers. You’ll find inspiration and great ideas for your next assignment when you follow her. 

34. NurseZone Blog 

This blog is operated by American Mobile, a travel nursing company with plenty to say about both nursing in general and travel nursing as a field. It also explores ways to handle the nursing shortage. If you aren’t sure whether travel nursing is a good fit, this is a great blog to start with. 

35. The Traveling Nurse 

K Chandler Rosemont is a pediatric RN who loves working as a travel nurse. She explores what the work is like, making this an insightful blog for those considering travel nursing. 

36. TravelNursing.org 

TravelNursing.org has a blog that helps travel nurses understand the technicalities of working in this field, including how to understand contracts for jobs and how to work with staffing agencies to find appropriate positions.  

37. Medical Solutions Blog 

Medical Solutions is a travel nursing agency, and its blog is full of information about what it takes to succeed as a travel nurse. Explore posts on everything from travel tips to nursing advice. 

38. The Gypsy Nurse 

Life as a travel nurse can feel like living as a gypsy, at least that’s the premise of The Gypsy Nurse. This blog is like a comprehensive guide to the world of travel nursing, and you need to add it to your blog reading list if you are considering this type of nomadic career. 

39. American Traveler Travel Nursing Blog 

Follow the news in the travel nursing world, as well as healthcare industry, with weekly blog posts from American Traveler. There are plenty of experience-based posts as well, so you can see just what life as a travel nurse is really like. 

Lifestyle Blogs 

There’s more to life than nursing. These blogs focus less on the nursing profession, and more on the personal life of bloggers who happen to be nursing professionals: 

40. Yoga Nurse 

This blog teaches you how to use meditation and yoga to be a more balanced nurse. When you feel the stress of your education and practice get to you, this is the place to go! 

41. Nursing Stories 

Do you love stories about nursing? The author of this blog, Marianna Crane, has over four decades of experience in the field as both a nurse and nurse practitioner. It is full of inspirational stories and personal anecdotes about patients. 

42. Nurse Nacole 

Nurse Nacole uses her blog to provide tips and personal stories about nursing. She targets nursing students but weaves plenty of personality into each post. 

43. Nurse Keith’s Digital Doorway 

Because it is a mixture of career advice and a lifestyle blog, this one ends up in this final category. You will get plenty of helpful tips from this blog as you follow Nurse Keith on his journey. 

44. Mother Nurse Love 

This blog is designed to reach real-life nurses who are also real-life moms. It discusses how to manage the work-life balance, self-care, and what it takes to succeed in both of these important roles. 

45. Nursing Uncensored 

Nursing Uncensored explores self-care, pet peeves, life in nursing school, work and home routines, and the overall world of nursing. It also provides product reviews for popular products nurses may use. The author, Adrianne, has been a night shift nurse for over 10 years. 

46. J Paradisi RN 

This blog follows both nursing topics and the author’s own artwork. It is a pleasing mix of information and artistic, making it a favorite among many nursing students. The author calls it a space where “science, humanity, and art converge.” 

47. Minding the Bedside 

Jerome Stone, RN, teaches nurses how to meditate and use mindfulness to stay balanced while performing important work. Nursing students who feel a large amount of stress can benefit from reading this blog. 

48. According to Kateri 

Kateri is a nurse, and she does delve into her profession in her blog, but she also talks about personal life. If you want to get to know a nurse on a personal level, while being thoroughly entertained, then this blog will touch your heart. 

49. The Bossy Nurse 

Sometimes nurses need a little bit of help to manage their own self-care, and that’s what you’ll learn from The Bossy Nurse. Nurse Marsha Battee is a lifestyle design strategist that will teach you how to take care of yourself while you take care of your patients. 

50. Nursing From Within 

This blog’s goal is to provide inspiration to nurses, so they can continue doing what they are passionate about. It has a healthy dose of self-care advice woven in. 

Pursue Your Nursing Future at Siena Heights University 

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At Siena Heights University, which arguably first developed the unique bachelor of applied science degree program in 1975, the short answer is: a career advancement tool.

“The problem with the short answer is that it takes more than a short answer,” said Norm Bukwaz, a retired SHU faculty member and dean who helped develop the BAS degree more than 45 years ago. “The whole other world of the community colleges are the occupational, or Associate of Applied Science degree programs, that prepare people for a career. You’ve got all of these people completing technical degrees entering the workforce. But the programs that they took are called the non-transfer programs. We learned quickly that they had very important transfer needs.”

Bukwaz, who still serves as the BAS Program Director for SHU Global, the university’s home for its professional and graduate programs, said the best way to look at the Bachelor of Applied Science degree is that each BAS degree gives students the ability to build their education based on a qualified Associate of Applied Science program and/or specialized training in so they can complete their degree at an accelerated pace. Students will focus on coursework in non-major areas to meet BAS degree requirements.

He said the BAS degree has met that need. It was designed for practicing professionals in four major degree tracks:

  • Public Safety Professions 
  • Health Care Professions 
  • Specialized Occupational Professions 
  • Technical Trade & Industrial Professions 

Bachelor of Applied Science vs. Bachelor of Science Degree

So, what are the differences between a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Bachelor of Science degree?

According to Bukwaz, the more recognized Bachelor of Science degree is a more traditional path aimed at students wanting to study a traditional science field like biology, chemistry, math, etc. It also mostly relies on a four-year degree completion path, whereas the BAS degree can be completed sometimes in a year or less in as little as 10 courses.

Another distinction between the BAS and the BS is the delivery format. Many BS programs are still taught in a traditional campus classroom setting. However, although BAS courses can be taught in an in-person format, the majority of Siena Heights’ BAS courses have been taught in a completely online format delivered in seven-week sessions, which allows flexibility for working adults.

“In my research, Siena Heights was the first to develop a BAS model of delivery, to embrace the BAS degree concept, and commit to building the program and marketing it broadly through the community college AAS community,” Bukwaz said.

A recent SHU BAS student satisfaction research study cited the ease of credit transfer and earning a higher education credential as primary reasons why many students enrolled in the BAS degree program at Siena Heights.

“Our commitment to awarding credit for nontraditional, but college-level, learning and work experience is part of the total deal for BAS students,” Bukwaz said. “Packaging their rich learning and work histories with a flexible, individualized, relevant career advancement program delivered conveniently and in a quality way is the key to SHU’s success.”

Is a BAS Degree Marketable?

That same survey also reported that more than 80 percent of SHU BAS graduates indicate their degree helped them professionally. In fact, SHU BAS graduates said one of these four career outcomes occurred as a result of their finishing their BAS Degree:

  • Received a promotion
  • Obtained a new job at another company
  • Significantly increased their earnings; or
  • Made a change to a new industry/sector

The research study also said that the strongest impacts of the BAS Degree came in “Liberal Arts” outcome areas. More than 80 percent of SHU BAS graduates said their communication skills were improved and they had developed a broader perspective. Also noteworthy was that 73 percent of respondents indicated the BAS program had helped them with their leadership and management skills.

An Online Degree Based on Work Experience

SHU Global’s Bachelor of Applied Science program also has the flexibility of transfer-friendly policies like credit for work and life experience.

“Our commitment to broadening the intellectual horizons of technical and occupational professional who have primarily had heavy doses of technical learning is great for employers and these students,” Bukwaz said. “The vast majority of our BAS students report they don’t need more major-related, technical training. They need someone to package their rich history of college-level learning into an achievable bachelor’s degree individualized to their needs. They need the broadening we can provide as well as additional skill sets like management and leadership.”

Siena Heights has graduated more than 8,500 students with BAS degrees since the degree’s inception more than 45 years ago.

“So, approximately one out of every two Siena Heights graduates with a bachelor’s degree has graduated with a BAS degree,” Bukwaz said. “No school can match SHU with its story of BAS graduates, its partnering relationships with such a wide range of AAS, hospital-based and technical providers, and can articulate a BAS story as we have.”

To learn about SHU Global’s distinctive online Bachelor of Applied Science degree program, visit start.sienaheights.edu.