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Brian Harke Ed.D.
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Dr. Brian Harke is a leader in education who draws on extensive experience from his work in both the corporate and academic sectors. Harke is recognized by leaders in both sectors and the press as an expert in the area of personal and professional development of college students. He is an expert contributor to the Huffington Post and is regularly called upon by the media to provide insight about programs related to college success. Harke is currently the Dean of Students in the University Southern California, School of Cinematic Arts.

Harke began his professional career in the advertising industry where he served in a number of creative roles developing and producing marketing campaigns and short format films for advertising agencies including of Foote Cone and Belding, Ogilvy & Mather, and Bayer Bess. Harke has produced award winning commercials and marketing campaigns for Disney Inc., Microsoft, Proctor & Gamble, Louis Vuitton, Visa, Wilson Sports, American Express and many others.

As a result of his success in the advertising industry, Harke was recruited by LVMH- Moet Hennessey Louis Vuitton to head up their online marketing division. He was responsible for the development and launch of the new brand position and strategic partnerships.

At LVMH, Harke realized his true passion rests in helping younger employees develop professionally. While creating leadership and professional skills programs for his staff, he decided to pursue his Master’s Degree and then his Doctorate of Education. It was during this period that Harke decided to accept a full time position in Academia where he could focus on his passion of student service and professional development.

Prior to joining the USC School of Cinematic Arts, Harke served as Assistant Dean in the School of Business and Management at University of San Francisco. There he created and implemented several professional development programs and initiatives to help facilitate students' entrance into the professional world. His experience further includes assignments at University of California Berkeley, St. Mary’s College, and JFK University. Harke has also assisted high school and college students by coaching them on the skills and tools needed to succeed in college.

Harke received his Doctorate in Education from the University of San Francisco, his Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology/College Student Services from St. Mary’s College, and his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Washington University in St. Louis.

Harke’s research, teaching experience and interests include professional development, college student success programs, life skills, change management, and leadership skills. He is a contributing writer and expert to the Huffington Post, noodle.org, US News and World Reports and numerous other publications. He also shares his expertise through speaking engagements at professional events, high schools and colleges.

Entries by Brian Harke Ed.D.

Tricks, Tips and Takes for College Freshmen

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 4:51 PM

It's that time of year again when many students begin their first year of college. It's an exciting, but also a stressful time for many. To help, here are 21 tips I share with freshmen each year. I'm sure there are other ways to help ease the transition to college,...

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The Waiting Game

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 12:21 PM

Each year, high school seniors spend the month of March in a nail-biting, gut-churning, adrenaline-fueled state of anticipation. It's the anxiety that each March brings as thousands wait for their college acceptance letters.

Like many associated with college admissions departments, I have started to receive dire calls and emails from...

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Failure Is Not An Option

(2) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 4:02 PM

Failure is not an option. Why not? Who says so?

The pressure to succeed and never fail has become so ingrained in society that its effects have caused many students to suffer stress-related illnesses, and psychological distress. Failing has taken on such a stigma that just...

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New College Parents: Lost in the Transition

(5) Comments | Posted August 15, 2013 | 1:16 PM

In the coming weeks, many college freshmen will be beginning their college careers. Freshmen Welcome Weeks will be in full swing as colleges and universities help incoming students make a successful transition from high school to college. But what about you, their parents? What kind of programs are designed to...

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March Madness: College Admissions

(1) Comments | Posted March 11, 2013 | 1:03 PM

The "March Madness" is upon us.

Each year high school seniors spend the month of March in a nail-biting, gut-churning, adrenaline-fueled state of anticipation. It's the anxiety that each March brings as thousands wait for their college acceptance letters.

Like many associated with college admissions departments, I have...

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Work for Free? The Internship Dilemma

(1) Comments | Posted November 28, 2012 | 11:40 AM

I was recently at an event with many parents of college students. During the event there was a lot of discussion about internships and how important they are in securing a job after graduation. Parents and students expressed frustration that most internships are unpaid and that many universities now require...

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New College Parents: What Do I Do now?

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2012 | 5:27 PM

In the coming weeks, many college freshmen will be beginning their college careers. Freshmen Welcome Weeks will be in full swing as colleges and universities help incoming students make a successful transition from high school to college. But what about you, their parents? What kind of programs are designed to...

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Thank You, Please!

(1) Comments | Posted March 27, 2012 | 4:13 PM

This past weekend the subject of people showing gratitude and sending thank you notes came up in a discussion I was having with colleagues from academia and the corporate sector. Every one of them had stories of a time they received a handwritten thank you note and what it meant...

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The Waiting Game

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2012 | 2:46 PM

The "big wait" is upon us.

Each year high school seniors spend the month of March in a nail-biting, gut-churning, adrenaline-fueled state of anticipation. It's the anxiety that each March brings as thousands wait for their college acceptance letters.

Like many associated with college admissions departments, I have...

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It's Who You Know

(15) Comments | Posted December 1, 2011 | 3:14 PM

"Network, network, network."

If you are getting ready to graduate, looking for a job or trying to find an internship, you've probably heard that phrase more than you'd care to. Sure, to be successful you need to have the talent the job requires, but talent alone won't get...

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"Mom, I Want to Come Home!"

(4) Comments | Posted August 25, 2011 | 5:29 PM

For many college freshmen, this past week was the beginning of a new adventure. Freshmen Welcome Weeks are in full swing and new students are sizing each other up and acclimating to their new surroundings. It is an exciting time, but it's also stressful. Some students will transition quickly while...

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Is Social Media Making Us Anti-Social?

(12) Comments | Posted June 14, 2011 | 10:24 AM

Like most of you, I have experienced and/or studied the trends of emerging technology and social media. I have first hand experience with their effects on education, business, politics, and society. It's striking how quickly we have embraced and adapted to new technology and social media. They've changed our world...

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How Tutoring May Be Harming Our Students

(7) Comments | Posted April 5, 2011 | 2:00 PM

Yesterday, a parent of a high school student asked me if I thought her daughter should have a private tutor to help prepare for college. I asked the parent why she thought her daughter needed a tutor. She replied, "well, everyone one else seemed to have one" and she didn't...

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March Madness: College Admissions

(6) Comments | Posted March 3, 2011 | 7:43 PM

March madness is upon us, serving up nail biting, gut-churning, adrenaline fueled anticipation. But I'm not talking about basketball. I'm referring to the anxiety that high school seniors experience each March as they await their college acceptance letters.

Like many associated with college admissions departments, I have started to...

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Are You Wise to Cheating?

(3) Comments | Posted January 8, 2011 | 12:40 PM

During the holiday break I had a discussion with a student from a large university in Arizona. She shared with me how angry she was at a classmate who cheated on the final exam. She told me that it "pissed her off." She spent hours studying for the test and...

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Student Success: The Power of Thank You

(6) Comments | Posted December 6, 2010 | 1:54 PM

As I was cleaning off my desk I ran across a handwritten thank you note I received from a student. I quickly reread the note and went to throw it into the recycle bin, but something stopped me. I just couldn't throw it out. I placed it under my computer...

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Parents: Lost in the College Transition

(3) Comments | Posted September 14, 2010 | 2:48 PM

For many college freshmen, last week was the beginning of their college careers. Freshmen Welcome Weeks are in full swing as colleges and universities help incoming students make a successful transition from high school to college. But what about you, their parents? What kind of programs are designed to help...

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High School to College Transition, Part Three: Social Challenges

(10) Comments | Posted July 27, 2010 | 3:34 PM

In Part One of this series, (read it here), I examined the freshman myth, which refers to the overly optimistic and confident mindset that many high school seniors hold about their ability to manage the challenges they will encounter at college. Part two of this series

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High School to College Transition, Part Two: Academic Expectations

(20) Comments | Posted July 1, 2010 | 12:38 PM

In Part One of this series, (I encourage you to read it first), I examined the freshman myth, which refers to the overly optimistic and confident mindset that many high school seniors hold about their ability to manage the challenges they will encounter at college. This article is...

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High School to College Transition, Part 1: The Freshman Myth

(17) Comments | Posted June 22, 2010 | 3:43 PM

The month of June is a time of celebration for high school seniors. As they cross the stage in cap and gown to receive their diploma, feelings of satisfaction, excitement and nostalgia are supplemented with the titillation of moving on to college life. As tassels are moved from one side...

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