"I enjoy being an additional layer of support for new and returning students. I am fulfilled when I can help students to overcome challenges, allowing them to reach depths of self-awareness and discipline." - Crystal Merritte
"As time has progressed within our role, it is becoming more apparent that there is more respect or appreciation by the University in our role and worth as a Graduation Specialist." - Vernon Eby
"Students sometimes feel that schools view them as just a number and really do not care about them, but our role shows them that they are not just a number, and we are here for them." - Ravenia Gant
"Helping students overcome obstacles like gathering financial aid documents or helping schedule an academic advising for someone unsure of their next classes, might seem like minor roadblock but we know that students frequently stop attending school due to these challenges." - Erik Van Conant
As an outcomes oriented leader, I have been fortunate to align myself with quality, mission-based organizations that respect and require the highest levels of execution and integrity. I have successfully led two of the larger OPM/Ed-Tech companies in the industry. Currently, I provide executive counsel to Higher Education Institutions and Ed-Tech companies while recently joined Tyton Partners as a Senior Advisor in its newly launched Center for Higher Education Transformation.
25 APR Mr. Henige is the Chief Executive Officer and majority owner of Tru Fragrances, LLC, (formerly Romane Fragrances, LLC) headquartered in Willowbrook, Illinois with offices also located in Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. The company designs, produces and distributes fragrance products under the Tru label, licensing agreements and in a private label capacity for over 70 brands sold in national and international retailers including department stores, mass and specialty merchandisers and independent boutiques. Tru creates a variety of fragrance related products including perfumes, colognes, cosmetics and body products for both men and women, as well as environmental fragrance products including candles, room sprays and diffusers. In addition to his role as CEO of Tru Fragrance, Henige is an investor, director, strategic advisor and principal in several businesses, including myFootpath.
With over 15 years of digital marketing and lead-generation experience, Martez is obsessed with marketing and lead generation as a means to level the playing field for smaller firms. A 2006 business management graduate of Robert Morris University, Martez has led marketing teams at M.L. Ellis Construction and Third World Press. In 2012, Knox and a partner launched Creatively Smart-an experiential marketing and lead-generation firm. While at Creatively Smart, Knox ran lead generation for clients as diverse as ADT, Vivint, SafeLink, Life Wireless, Best Home Healthcare Network, AttorneyFone, and dozens of others. With extensive experience in every part of the marketing funnel, Knox has proven to be an “outside-the box thinker” and marketing executive.
Over 10 years, George Rohde’s academic research and professional work has been centered on guiding and empowering students to attain college degrees. His role at myFootpath includes developing and deploying student‐facing, client‐specific, and/or internal solutions that enhance collaboration, student satisfaction and engagement, and student success. In addition to his role at myFootpath, Rohde serves as a partner for DePaul University’s Consortium for Leadership, Education, and Assessment Research (CLEAR) institute. He also chairs the Sister Cities Education Initiative that focuses on strengthening alliances within higher education institutions across the globe. Academically, Rohde earned his B.A., M.A., M.Ed., and PhD from DePaul University.
As economic changes continue to require more postsecondary education for career success, colleges and universities stand to play a pivotal role in the future of work by connecting working adults with the skills required to succeed in the workplace. This study gathered both student and institutional perspectives on the biggest Covid-19 postsecondary pain points for these learners and to hear which college policies worked, which didn’t, and what kinds of educational and personal support was simply missing.
This white paper centers around adults’ unique backgrounds, such as motivations, prior schooling experiences, and linguistic and cultural resources, as the foundation of understanding how adult students learn best. The Adult Learner Model synthesizes this research by bringing together findings from cognitive psychology, sociology, basic and continuing education, higher education, adult literacy, workforce training, digital literacy, and English language acquisition.