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Tracy Lorenz
Tracy Lorenz is president at Western International University, an innovative higher education institution offering Associate, Bachelor and Master degrees aimed at working adults. As a wife, mother and active triathlete, Tracy understands and appreciates the needs of busy non-traditional students — and therefore works as a tireless advocate for quality higher education options that are affordable, achievable, and responsive to the demands of the ever-changing global marketplace.

Entries by Tracy Lorenz

Supply and Demand Dictate the Future of Higher Education

(1) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 6:23 PM

Today's education landscape has become a buyer's market for students seeking a college degree. In the U.S., the number of higher education institutions continues to increase while enrollment has declined. Pair that with shrinking funding at the state and federal level for education and these economics require that universities evolve...

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Streamlining the Community College Transfer Process

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 9:14 AM

As leaders in higher education, our goal is to provide an environment where our students can learn and achieve their goal of earning a college degree. To do this, we must offer seamless transitions from other colleges, particularly community colleges, to reduce redundancy in course work while also reducing the...

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Globally Focused Higher Education Programs Enhance the Learning Experience

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 6:06 PM

Thanks to technological advancements, changing demographics and the globalization of brands large and small, our exposure to the world's different cultures and economies has expanded greatly.

Given this international exposure has impacted all levels of society, including professional opportunities and responsibilities, it is critical for colleges and universities to integrate...

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Looking Beyond the Classroom to Award/Earn College Credits

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 10:40 PM

Adult students going back to college often find themselves paying for coursework in classes where they are already proficient.

Consider the 30-year-old who has worked in an investment bank for five years and has earned a Series 7 license as well as taken several training courses.

Or the individual who...

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Rethinking What a 'Traditional' College Education Entails: Five Misconceptions About the Online Learning Experience

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 3:29 PM

Society's notions of "traditional students" have become antiquated as yesterday's nontraditional student has become today's traditional student.

The National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) Digest of Education Statistics data shows the median age of a college student is closer to 27 than 19. In fact, in the next 10...

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Benefits of College Experience Are Vast

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 9:22 AM

A few weeks ago, I came upon a radio program where the host and a caller were debating the benefits of pursuing a college degree. The volley of opinions covered the angles of the current debate on the value of education. They expressed thoughts such as: "An education is always...

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Colleges: Evolve or Become Irrelevant

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 5:51 PM

There's a sort of "push/pull" happening in higher education. While many traditional organizations continue to use established methods of providing degree programs, others vie to be recognized for their invention, innovation and ideas by developing and utilizing new delivery methods.

What some call "disruptive" ideas, I see as exciting...

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Field of Study May Be Key to Achieving Gender Income Equality

(1) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 6:03 PM

While more women than men are attending college and earning degrees, pay equity between the genders remains elusive. However, according to new research published by the Review of Higher Education, the gap in pay equity decreases when looking at the types of...

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For Working Adults, the Lure of a College Degree Remains Strong

(1) Comments | Posted January 10, 2014 | 11:18 AM

The topic of the "ROI of a college degree," may be the strongest factor for working adults and other nontraditional students looking to return to a degree program. The need for higher education in this country is clear -- especially considering less than one-third of Americans over the age of...

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Benefits of College Degree Include Being a Good Role Model

(0) Comments | Posted January 1, 2014 | 8:08 PM

Recently, first lady Michelle Obama began visiting schools around the country, touting the benefits of a college degree and sharing her personal journey to earn a diploma. We applaud her efforts to serve as a role model, which will undoubtedly inspire others to follow in her footsteps.


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The Fastest Way to Solve The Nation's Higher Education Woes? Start Listening to Working Women

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 6:54 PM

There's growing buzz these days about how higher education must be transformed. It's no longer affordable and students are leaving school with unparalleled amounts of debt. The old bricks-and-mortar formula isn't optimal for today's increasingly digital, global workforce. I happen to agree with all of these statements.

What I don't...

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