July 15, 2011

If a man empties his purse into his head, no one can take it from him.

- Benjamin Franklin

Practicing the Northwood Code of Ethics

This week we review two ways that we are practicing the Northwood Code of Ethics by exercising “our skills to create high achievement and applaud the high achievement of others.”

IPC Commencement in Sri Lanka

On July 19th, 55 Northwood University students from American National College (ANC) in the capital city of Colombo , Sri Lanka will graduate with their Bachelors in Business Administration degree during Commencement ceremonies at the Colombo Hilton’s Grand Ballroom.

The program is located at ANC's City Campus in the heart of Colombo, Sri Lanka’s cosmopolitan capital city. The facility offers modern classrooms and laboratories, computer labs, a library, student lounge and faculty and administrative offices.

A true Northwood experience is assured by Northwood’s regional program director, Dan Kelch, and Northwood’s resident academic director, Indy Chander. Past Northwood graduates have enjoyed a 100% placement rate with both local and multinational companies, including many companies working with the US market. Northwood graduates have proven themselves a fantastic resource for American business and industry in Sri Lanka and the region.

Our BBA graduates represent many different nationalities and countries, including: 

  • Malaysia
  • The People’s Republic of China
  • Korea
  • Sweden
  • Italy
  • India
  • Egypt
  • Indonesia
  • The Republic of Maldives
  • The Republic of Yemen
  • Sri Lanka
  • United States of America   

While their academic accomplishment is worthy enough, it is made all the more significant in that, like their counterparts at our other International Program Centers, our graduates completed their coursework entirely in English. Further, each of them also brings a valuable range of language, cultural, social, and business skills that American companies and companies from other countries can use in developing valuable export markets for American products and services.

Please join me in congratulating our ANC College graduates on their accomplishment and our faculty and staff on another successful academic class.

Bridging the Gap Between Potential and Success – Educational Success Program 2011

Those familiar with stories of Albert Einstein and Notre Dame’s Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger know that their respective achievements involved overcoming dyslexia. Had they and those around them failed to discover and address their respective learning challenges the odds are that you and I would not know about them today.

It is with a similar awareness and determination that we instituted our first summer bridge program in 2008 to guide University freshmen on academic probation into a permanent position for success. The objectives of the Educational Success Program (ESP) are:

  • To give students the academic skill sets necessary to succeed in college-level work.
  • To prepare students to navigate the many resources the Northwood Campus has to offer.
  • To develop a network of peer mentors, faculty, and staff who will assist students during their time at Northwood University.

Now in its fourth year, ESP has proven to be very effective at positioning the students involved, both academically and socially, to succeed.

Our Florida Campus, under the leadership of Kevin Petrovsky, associate academic dean, and Adair Kaestner, director of Student Activities, is poised for another successful year. At present, five incoming Northwood freshmen have opted to participate, and others are pending, in the program which will run from August 21st to the 26th. Students will work on math, communication, team-building, goal setting and Blackboard skill sets among others. And as Dr. Barbara Degorge reports, the program is as much about cultivating future leaders as it is anything else.

“What I believe is unique is that ‘Bridge’ participants will be asked to serve as orientation volunteers and mentors for the incoming freshmen during fall orientation,” she explained. “Last year this proved to be very successful as they were extremely proud to be the ones ‘to show the ropes’ to the new freshmen.”

The Michigan Campus will welcome its fourth ESP class August 10th to the 21st. According to Co-Directors Mandi Swafford and Teresa Sullivan, approximately twenty (20) new freshmen will spend time in the classroom strengthening their math, English, and study skills. In addition, students will participate in numerous community engagement activities.

“We are proud of the impact this program has had on our students over the past three years and are excited to welcome the 2011 ESP class,” reports Swafford.

In Texas, Dr. Jane Konditi, academic dean for our Texas Campus, professor Christopher Giles, director, of the Texas Learning Resource Center, and Dr. Terry Silva, director of Career Services and the Squire Camp program, have curricula, goals and outcomes in place for another winning program to be held August 23rd to the 25th. And like their colleagues in Florida and Michigan, Texas ESP participants will not only sharpen needed skills sets for academic success but will also engage the wider community by merging into the larger Squire Camp taking place simultaneously and will continue through the end of Squire Camp, Move-In Day and into the first week of classes.

Dr. Konditi explained that, “Providing students with an intensive on-campus experience is key to familiarizing them with the realities of communal campus living and the responsibilities and expectations they face as NU students. We’re very happy with the success of the ESP program to date and look forward to another great program this summer.”

How Can You Help?

Achievement of the kind detailed above is vital to the future of Northwood University students and the Northwood Community as a whole. And so is sharing our story with others.

Despite all the technological, strategic and tactical advancements of our age, word of mouth is still the most powerful form of advertising. Thus, I encourage everyone – faculty, staff, students, alumni, supporters and friends – to spread the word about the “Northwood difference” which includes offerings such as our International Program Centers and the Educational Success Program.

Have a great weekend.

Keith A. Pretty, J.D.
President and CEO
Northwood University
4000 Whiting Drive
Midland, MI 48640
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989.832.9590 (fax)