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How to Stay Healthy in College: Tips for Students

Staying healthy in college is an important component of success. Getting enough sleep can help ensure you’ll remain mentally alert during class and while working on homework assignments. Eating whole, nutritious foods (as opposed to a diet of pizza, potato chips, and meal replacement bars) can help you remain focused and energized. The benefits of staying healthy while learning aren’t just anecdotal. A significant association has been documented between students’ dietary behaviors, health, and academic performance, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Staying on top of your health can help you ward off illness and maintain […]

Best Productivity Tools of 2023

Adult learners trying to be parents, partners, employees, and students simultaneously can find that staying on top of their various responsibilities is difficult. If you’re among the millions of adults who aren’t highly organized, some of your must-do tasks like finishing homework assignments, finalizing work projects, hiring a plumber, picking up the dry cleaning, or baking cupcakes for an event at your child’s school can get lost in the mix. The good news is that several apps and websites are now available that can help you manage your time, your finances, and other aspects of your life. Below are a […]

How to Stay Relevant in Today’s Job Market

The nation added an impressive 517,000 new jobs in January 2023, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) — more than twice what economists had predicted. Not only were job gains in the first month of 2023 robust, the BLS further reported that the unemployment rate fell to 3.4%, its lowest level since 1969. Professionals interested in increasing their ability to advance in areas where job growth is strongest, such as cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and healthcare, may be interested in learning more about how to stand out in today’s competitive job market. Anyone concerned about staying relevant, […]

AI in Business: Ethical Considerations

Around 77% of all companies use or are exploring the use of artificial intelligence (AI), according to a recent IBM survey. AI tools can help companies boost efficiency, reduce expenses, and increase productivity. In healthcare, AI can find patterns in patient data to help clinicians develop customized care plans. In finance, AI can detect fraudulent activities to protect banks and customers. In transportation, AI can improve traffic flow and reduce congestion. And the list goes on. Though AI innovations can deliver many exciting results, business professionals should consider AI ethical concerns alongside the technology’s potential benefits. Earning an advanced degree […]

The Role of Motivation in Employee Retention

Taylor is late to work every day, calls in sick once a week, and feels unheard and unappreciated. At the same company, Hayden volunteers ideas at team meetings, goes the extra mile for clients, and feels part of a meaningful mission. Hayden is engaged and motivated, and is therefore more likely than Taylor to work hard, stay with the company, and champion it to others. Lack of engagement and motivation, like Taylor’s, typically leads to high employee turnover, which costs companies time, money, and talent. On the other hand, strong engagement and motivation, like Hayden’s, leads to high employee retention. […]

IT vs. OT: Differences and Similarities

Technology has transformed nearly every aspect of our society — everyday communications, how and where we work, and the way products are made. In the digital age, developing and implementing technology has become a top priority for businesses of all sizes in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. For example, as of 2021, an estimated 90% of companies used some type of cloud service. This trend of maximizing technology is expected to continue for the foreseeable future across nearly every kind of organization and industry. Today, interest in information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) is growing. Both fields are helping businesses […]

How to Communicate Effectively in the Hybrid Workplace

Organizations that previously relied on traditional communication methods must adapt to support both virtual and on-site collaboration. Innovative companies are using communication strategies that are more effective in remote and blended work environments. Now more than ever, business leaders need to understand the importance of strategic communication and hire graduates with expertise in hybrid workplace communication. How Do Employers Communicate Effectively in the Hybrid Workplace? With so many companies switching to hybrid work models, organizations are becoming more strategic about their communication tactics. Experts say that merely calling for “more communication” falls short in organizations that struggle to understand the underlying challenges […]

Opportunity Gap in Higher Education

The opportunity gap in education refers to the way that capable students become derailed from their educational pathways through factors outside of their control. In addition to forces outside the school system itself — such as student socioeconomic barriers and family turmoil — higher education routinely fails students who, if given the right support, would have the ability to attain the educational and career achievements they aspire to. Maryville University President Dr. Mark Lombardi views higher education as an industry in crisis — but also as one ready for an “access and opportunity revolution.” Universities need to do more to […]

Data Analytics in Higher Education

In a university setting, data analytics is a largely untapped source of value for students, professors, and companies looking to hire and train graduates. Given its immense potential, data analytics in higher education plays a central role in the vision of creating a student-centered learning environment at Maryville University. The term “data analytics” is suddenly everywhere, but what does it mean? And why is it crucial for student-centered universities to embrace it? Data analytics is an expertise dedicated to examining data to find trends and draw insights. It’s an emerging field capable of revolutionizing healthcare, business, and even higher education […]

What Are Soulbound Tokens?

While the idea of a digital currency may seem simple, “crypto” and the blockchain infrastructure are about more than digital dollars. A digital currency is built on a network dispersed over many computers on a digital registry known as a blockchain. Like blockchain-based currencies, nonfungible tokens (NFTs) are entries onto the blockchain that act as representations of a physical or digital asset. Each NFT has a unique identification, making it unable to be replicated. Cryptocurrencies are now commonly used to pay for goods and services. Similarly, ownership of an NFT, even if it represents a replicable digital item such as a video or […]