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Jayson Boyers
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Jayson M. Boyers is the vice president, Continuing Professional Studies, at Vermont’s Champlain College in Burlington, a private institution that offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in professionally-focused programs balanced by an interdisciplinary core curriculum. As lead executive of the Division of Continuing Professional Studies, Jayson is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the adult education division, including the expansion of the national online education programs. He previously served as the national division president of The Chef's Academy, the Culinary Division of Harrison College. Based at the Morrisville, N.C., campus, he oversaw the preparation of students for marketable careers in culinary arts, pastry arts, and hospitality and restaurant management.

An award-winning educator and community leader, Jayson received the 40 Under 40 Leadership Award from the Triangle Business Journal in 2011. He has served on multiple boards of directors for nonprofit organizations throughout his career. Jayson earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Indianapolis with a liberal studies degree and emphasis in business, religion and psychology. He also has a master’s degree in leadership development from Saint Mary of the Woods College. He resides in Burlington with his wife, Mandy.

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Innovators Travel Light

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 9:30 AM

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.
- Marcel Proust

A Buddhist parable tells of a man traveling along a path who approaches a raging river that he wants to cross. All around him lies danger, and safety is...

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The Shape of a Radically Pragmatic College Education

(3) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 3:40 PM

In the five years preceding 2011, higher education enrollment remained constant. In the two years of 2012 and 2013, the number of college students fell, with the decrease evenly split between traditional and non-traditional students. There were fewer students in 2012 than in 2010, a disturbing trend for learning institutions...

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Why Continuing Education Means a Partnership for Economic Growth

(0) Comments | Posted August 31, 2014 | 2:02 PM

"You never change things by fighting the existing reality.To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete." ― R. Buckminster Fuller

If U.S. industries and our Higher Education Sector want to prepare for the future, the nation must stop relying on old paradigms to solve new...

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The Conspiracy of Empathy: Why Some Organizations Thrive When Others Don't

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 6:31 PM

It is inevitable that every company, industry and even government will meet a crisis at some stage in their life cycle. For those organizations that succeed, is there a common thread for thriving beyond the crisis? Why do some organizations entrench themselves until there is no way out? What is...

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How Empathy Bridges the Gap in the Multi-Generational Workforce

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 1:00 PM

This post is co-authored by Shannon Griesser

Three distinct generations can be found in in the American workplace, a situation which poses unique challenges and opportunities for business leaders. Although baby boomers began reaching the traditional retirement age of 65 in 2011, their representation in the workforce may not be...

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Teaching to the Big Questions - Changing the Framework of Higher Education

(4) Comments | Posted January 4, 2014 | 1:19 PM

So much about education, from the classroom to the textbook has changed, largely due to educators setting a clear vision for the future. What initially began as a lecture-based style of teaching in the days of Greek philosophers has moved past teaching solely from the question and answer format. Engagement...

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Why the Current Conversation About Higher Ed Misses the Majority

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2013 | 1:14 PM

When taking current national conversations on college education into account, the focus seems to always revolve around the traditional 18- to- 22-year-old student demographic. Many people, educator and administrators included, like to talk about issues surrounding low enrollment, limited access and lack of financial support. However, the face of today's...

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Are You In Love With the Flatlands?

(1) Comments | Posted September 26, 2013 | 6:55 PM

Flatland: Land with no hills, valleys or mountains; an imagined land existing in only two dimensions

In my work with a nonprofit organization many years ago, I had a mentor who had a favorite saying: "Their problem is, they're in love with the flatlands." What he meant was...

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Why MOOCs Miss the Point With Online Learning

(4) Comments | Posted July 4, 2013 | 3:54 PM

With the rising costs of college, many students find it difficult to obtain a quality, affordable education. In response, numerous higher education institutions are embracing online education as one way to create access for nontraditional students to achieve their dream of a college degree, regardless of financial means and life...

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Beyond the Echo Chamber: Why Empathy in Education Matters

(3) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 6:17 PM

Throughout my career as an educator, and based on my many interactions with students, professors and employers, I have learned one of the best secrets to success. It is surprisingly simple; long-term educational and professional success comes down to empathy. This may catch many people off guard, because most were...

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The New Face of Higher Education: Why "College-lite" Simply Will Not Cut It

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 11:18 AM

One of the most pressing concerns for many potential college students is access to education, particularly as it relates to the affordability of schools with rising tuition and fees that cannot always be offset by having a job. School itself is such a big commitment, often complicated by the competing...

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Higher Education's Duty to All Students

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2012 | 5:18 PM

Like many Americans, I was brought up in a small town that was home to one major source of employment. For many people in my town, high school graduation was quickly followed by a job at the local plant, which turned into a permanent career. When traditionalists and baby boomers,...

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Is Higher Education Even Worth It?

(4) Comments | Posted October 30, 2012 | 7:25 PM

It is no secret that our great nation is home to many of the world's finest educational institutions. Students from across the globe enroll in our universities with one goal in mind: to obtain a top-quality education and degree which will open the doors to a successful and fulfilling professional...

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Encouraging Entrepreneurship: The Value of Teaching Ownership to All Students

(2) Comments | Posted September 11, 2012 | 6:29 PM

Students of higher education are in a rut. As they head toward careers, many find themselves treading the well-worn path of so many students before them as they select the right major, secure a good internship, and obtain the appropriate recommendations, all of which will (hopefully) insert them into their...

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