10 Tips For Lowering Your Carbon Footprint

First, what is a carbon footprint and why does it matter?

Your carbon footprint is the sum of all greenhouse gases, specifically carbon, that is emitted as a result of your activities and actions.

According to the EPA, burning coal, natural gas, and oil for electricity and heat is the largest single source of global greenhouse gas emissions.” The transportation sector is another large contributor to carbon emissions with both driving and flying.

Lowering your carbon footprint is important because as Greenmatters explains, carbon emissions increase the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which becomes trapped beneath the ozone layer and contributes to breaking it down, leading to less protection against solar radiation and UV light. Not only this, but increased carbon emissions also contribute to pollution and climate change. 

Before trying these tips, get a baseline by calculating your carbon footprint here! If you are already working to reduce your carbon footprint, thank you for helping to make a difference. 

    1. Incorporate biking and walking into your routine when possible.

      As of 2019, transportation accounts for 29% of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Walking, biking, using public transportation, and making your driving trips shorter or less frequent can all help.

    2. Cut down on your use of plastic.

      Plastic has a large carbon footprint because it is made from oil or natural gas and requires lots of energy to create. Using a metal water bottle instead of plastic, saying no to plastic straws, or purchasing less or no plastic-wrapped items at the grocery store are all great places to start.

    3. Shop Local.
      1. Instead of buying food that was transported long distances to get to you, try buying at the farmer’s market! This lowers the carbon footprint of your shopping trip and as a bonus, it supports the local economy.
    4. Unplug items in your home when you’re not using them.

      As of 2019, electricity accounts for 25% of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Especially if you are going on a long vacation, remember to unplug your appliances when you aren’t using them. This will also save you money on electricity in the long run!

    5. Use navigation to avoid traffic.

      Use your phone navigation map to identify routes with less traffic, because idling your car creates more carbon emissions than a quicker trip would.

    6. Turn off your camera during video calls.

      If you don’t like having your video on during zoom calls, we have great news for you! According to a new study from Purdue University, “leaving the camera off during a video call could cut your environmental impact by up to 96 percent.”

    7. Get energy-efficient appliances.

      If you are able to purchase energy-efficient appliances, it will cut down on not only energy use but also your costs. There are energy-efficient options for washers and dryers, humidifiers, refrigerators, dishwashers, air purifiers, and air conditioners.

    8. Repurpose and recycle.

      Most people are aware of “reduce, reuse, recycle” as an easy way to help the environment. If you are new to recycling, check with your city to get the details on what types of materials it accepts for recycling.

    9. Support renewable energy.

      Check if your electricity company has a renewable energy option and enroll in it. For example, Portland General Electric has multiple renewable energy options including the ability to make all of your energy use renewable for about $6 more per month.

    10. Support sustainable clothing brands.

      Invest in durable clothing rather than in the cheaply made fashion trends of the day. Fast fashion contributes to global greenhouse gas emissions “due to the energy used during its production, manufacturing, and transportation of the millions of garments purchased each year.”

In instances where you reasonably can’t lower your carbon footprint any further, you can also make donations to offset it. For example, CarbonFund allows you to “make a tax-deductible donation to offset your carbon footprint and support one of [their] industry-leading carbon reduction projects.”

Bonus activity: Become more involved in sustainability!

You can become educated about sustainability to make a difference! Join our ACHS team in the Ecochallenge this July and learn to build sustainable habits with us. Join here.

You can also check out our two free webinars on sustainability that are coming up next week:

ACHS Faculty Member Lisa Warman will guide us through a spirited conversation about the intersection of Wellness and Sustainability. Our special guest for this conversation is Annemarie Sampson, Senior Director at Mission Driven Wellness. Annemarie promotes a holistic approach to wellness that includes how we interact with the planet as well as our personal, home, and work communities. Please join us as we explore the intertwined nature of Wellness and Sustainability.

Register: https://achs.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_NvXGcanZQ4yz1uG2Pwsv2g

We have secured a free 45-minute educational version of 2020’s Tribeca-selected documentary “Kiss the Ground.” We will watch the documentary together and share in conversation about the movie. Please join us as we learn about climate change from a different perspective.

Register: https://achs.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_k3VDEEivT4Sglg2l6EyA8w

We look forward to seeing you at our events next week! If you have any additional sustainability tips, please feel free to share them in the comments.

References:

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[2] Krosofsky, A. (2021, January 18). Why Are Emissions Bad for the Environment? Green Matters. https://www.greenmatters.com/p/why-are-emissions-bad-for-the-environment.
[3] Environmental Protection Agency. (2021, March 25). Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions Data. EPA. https://www.epa.gov/ghgemissions/global-greenhouse-gas-emissions-data.
[4] Carbon Footprint Ltd using RADsite CMS (https://www.radsite.co.uk/). (n.d.). Carbon Calculator. Carbon Footprint Calculator. https://www.carbonfootprint.com/calculator.aspx.
[5] Environmental Protection Agency. (2021, April 14). Sources of Greenhouse Gas Emissions. EPA. https://www.epa.gov/ghgemissions/sources-greenhouse-gas-emissions#transportation.
[6] Joyce, C. (2019, July 9). Plastic Has A Big Carbon Footprint – But That Isn’t The Whole Story. NPR. https://www.npr.org/2019/07/09/735848489/plastic-has-a-big-carbon-footprint-but-that-isnt-the-whole-story.
[7] Environmental Protection Agency. (2021, April 14). Sources of Greenhouse Gas Emissions. EPA. https://www.epa.gov/ghgemissions/sources-greenhouse-gas-emissions#electricity.
[8] Frost, R. (2021, February 3). Turning off your camera in video calls could help cut carbon emissions. euronews. https://www.euronews.com/green/amp/2021/01/18/turning-off-your-camera-in-video-calls-could-cut-carbon-emissions-by-96.
[9] Williams, T. (2021, May 27). Energy efficient appliances: Worth the investment?: Save On Energy®. Save On Energy Blog. https://www.saveonenergy.com/learning-center/post/energy-efficiency-appliances/.
[10] Community renewable programs. PG&E renewable energy programs. (n.d.). https://www.pge.com/en_US/residential/solar-and-vehicles/options/solar/solar-choice/solar-choice.page.
[11] Charpail, M. (2017). Environmental Impacts of the Fashion Industry. SustainYourStyle. https://www.sustainyourstyle.org/old-environmental-impacts.
[12] Carbon Neutrality for Individuals and Businesses. Carbonfund.org. (2020, July 30). https://carbonfund.org/. 

About American College of Healthcare Sciences

American College founded in 1978, is a fully online accredited institute of higher education specializing in holistic health. Based in Portland, OR; our goal is to make research-driven and science-based holistic health education taught by industry-leading experts accessible to anyone anywhere while still giving students a hands-on experiential learning experience like a traditional college and a strong sense of community, school pride and student bond.

This commitment to our students and graduates reflects in our current survey results that reflect 98% of our students would recommend ACHS to a friend or family member.

We believe education is the most powerful tool for changing an individual and the world around us.

When a person enrolls as ACHS, it is vitally important that they graduate with tools they need to forge their own holistic and sustainable missions, build up their communities confidently and changing the face of healthcare with knowledge.

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Student Highlight: H2a Botanicals

By Gillian Turner, Social Media & PR Specialist

Sierra Goldstein is a student in the Bachelor of Science in Integrative Health Sciences Program. At age 14 she began to formulate her own products and is the founder of H2a Botanicals, a luxury skincare and wellness brand that she and her mother run.

Getting Inspired

Growing up, Sierra was surrounded by plants in her mom’s garden. “If I got a bee sting, she would chew on plantain and put it on the bee sting and things like that. I just sort of grew up knowing that plants were medicine. It wasn’t really until I was around friends or other people that I realized that wasn’t common knowledge,” she says.

When she was younger, Sierra enjoyed collecting antique perfume bottles and making perfume with rose petals from the garden. Her love for formulating products really took off when she received a DIY bath bomb kit as a holiday gift. “I just loved combining ingredients and always had a science affinity. It was just kind of a way to combine my love for nature with my love for science,” she says.

Choosing Natural Health

Sierra originally wanted to become a doctor, but later realized that natural medicine and the beauty industry were more what she was drawn toward. After starting a college biomedical science program, she found herself wishing that the program contained more information about natural health.

She did some research and found that the ACHS Natural Products Manufacturing certificate lined up with her goals. Although she originally planned to return to her biomedical science program after a few semesters off, Sierra ended up loving ACHS. “I loved the online learning, it was really good for me to be able to balance with running a business. Then I decided to take the full step to doing the BS in Integrative Health,” she says. Once she completes the Bachelor’s program, she will be continuing with the MBA program at ACHS. 

H2a Botanicals

In high school, Sierra created a self-directed learning program and shadowed with an herbalist. When the herbalist retired with no children, she passed on her original recipes to Sierra. 

“My mom jokes that I was 14 at the time so she got roped in because I couldn’t drive myself,” Sierra says. Now, together they run H2a Botanicals. “She’s definitely my best friend and between the two of our brains it’s fun because she kind of has that branding aesthetic piece and I have what’s in the bottle piece,” she says. They have been creating the original products since 2014 and rebranded to H2a Botanicals in 2018.

Sierra’s favorite product: Rosehip & Saffron Emerald Facial Serum

“My personal favorite product is our emerald serum with rosehip and saffron,” Sierra says. “That one took a couple of years and it actually has an emerald in every bottle. It’s a 12-week infusion and is very labor-intensive. The saffron oil isn’t usually used in skincare, but it’s just this amazing antioxidative oil that holds the ingredients really well.”

When she backpacked through Nepal, Sierra says that this serum is the one thing she had to take with her because she couldn’t go without it. Another popular product is Warrior Oil, which is good for sore muscles, aches, and pains.

Sierra is most inspired to come up with new ideas for her business when she is around plants: “I love to travel and get around plants and new healing modalities and immerse in what the traditional uses of the plant are from an indigenous perspective. And then take and honor that and weave it into what’s the science, what are the constituents, and what skincare products would work best based on what the plant does naturally.”

Why Crystals?

You may have noticed that Sierra’s favorite facial serum is charged with emeralds. Why incorporate crystals into skincare products? Sierra explains, “It kind of came about from my mom. She one day was like `Hey, we should put crystals in the products!’” Before moving forward with the idea, Sierra did some research and testing.

“When I started reaching into it, crystals are known to have metaphysical benefits; the way they change the ions in the air can affect mood. So I thought if they’re putting out energy in the air, could that be captured by a liquid?” Sierra says. H2a Botanicals did some testing with a third-party lab. They made some serums that had the emerald in them compared to when it didn’t and sent them to a lab to have them track the energy on a spectrometer and look at the active level of the ingredients.

“It actually increased the activity of the ingredients,” Sierra says. “I was like okay, that makes it more bioavailable and it has a benefit for the skin while also capturing that lifestyle aspect of incorporating crystals to do internal healing.”

Pictured: Raw emerald stones

Micro Product Lines

H2a Botanicals is in the process of developing its first micro line of products. “We are in the process of working with some land and indigenous cultures down in Costa Rica to develop a line,” Sierra says. “Our goal is to create micro lines and microeconomic models in different places with local ingredients and local artists. Because we are intentional and everything is handmade, we can’t scale into Target (not that we necessarily want to), so we are creatively thinking about how we can grow the business while maintaining our values and that’s the process we came up with.”

Fulfilling Creativity

Siera’s favorite part of her job is that it acts as a creative outlet. “I’m a very analytical black and white person and never really considered myself an artist or creative, but with product development, it’s my outlet to create and to kind of express that part of my brain that I don’t really get tapped into on a daily basis,” she says.

She also loves the fact that she can work in a business that helps people feel better through skincare while also helping the planet. H2a Botanicals is currently in the process of applying to become a Certified B Corporation. “It’ll probably take another year or so to really get to the actual status but we are making waves,” Sierra says.

Pictured: Sierra and her mother, Heather

Parting Advice

Sierra says that starting a business isn’t for the faint of heart, and it helps to get clear on your vision and values before starting. Her other piece of advice is to trust yourself and your abilities. “That’s something I deal with every day,” she says. “Like how do I know what I’m doing? Who am I to do this? But no one knows what they’re doing. I talked to those who I would consider big business people and they were like `I don’t know what I’m doing, but I figure it out and ask for help when I need it.’”

In 2020, the pandemic offered the opportunity to look into the bigger picture of her business, which is something that Sierra recommends every business owner do. “At the beginning before the pandemic we did a lot of selling to high-end spas and those were shut down for a long time so we kind of had to come back to the table and look at our business models. I actually think it was a really good thing. We were able to kind of come together as a team and work on some of those bigger visions since we weren’t stuck in the business so much,” she says.

You can find Sierra on her website at H2a Botanicals or on Instagram here.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I am the social media & PR specialist for the American College of Healthcare Sciences, the Institution that publishes this blog. However, all opinions are my own. This blog may contain affiliate links. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent disease. This article has not been reviewed by the FDA. Always consult with your primary care physician or naturopathic doctor before making any significant changes to your health and wellness routine.

About American College of Healthcare Sciences

American College founded in 1978, is a fully online accredited institute of higher education specializing in holistic health. Based in Portland, OR; our goal is to make research-driven and science-based holistic health education taught by industry-leading experts accessible to anyone anywhere while still giving students a hands-on experiential learning experience like a traditional college and a strong sense of community, school pride and student bond.

This commitment to our students and graduates reflects in our current survey results that reflect 98% of our students would recommend ACHS to a friend or family member.

We believe education is the most powerful tool for changing an individual and the world around us.

When a person enrolls as ACHS, it is vitally important that they graduate with tools they need to forge their own holistic and sustainable missions, build up their communities confidently and changing the face of healthcare with knowledge.

 

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How To Go Plastic-Free This July

Have you ever wanted to live more sustainably but found that the habits you tried to build just wouldn’t stick?

According to the organizers of the Plastic-Free Ecochallenge that ACHS participates in each year, many people care about environmental issues but their actions don’t align with their values.

So, the organizers’ goal is to “help people who already care about the environment to figure out ways to take meaningful action in their lives, businesses, communities, and the world at large.” They do this through making it as easy and fun as possible for people to change their actions and build new habits.

Join us in the Plastic-Free Ecochallenge

ACHS is excited to participate in the Plastic Free Ecochallenge again this year! The Plastic Free Ecochallenge encourages people to live more sustainably and gain “points” for reducing plastic usage in their lives throughout the month of July.

Once you sign up for the Ecochallenge, you can choose actions to gain points for your team. There are 6 categories to choose actions from: Food, personal care, community, lifestyle, pets, and family.

Within each category you have a variety of actions to choose from. Some are daily activities, and some are one-time activities. Some examples are:

  • I will try a new recipe(s) or food preparation method(s) each day, such as canning, pickling, making yogurt, or baking granola bars or bread.
  • I will only buy cloth, wooden or plant-based natural rubber toys. Or make our own toys from recycled items found in our home!
  • I will raise money to support a nonprofit dedicated to plastic pollution reduction.

 

Watch this quick video to get all the details on the Ecochallenge:

Learn more and join the ACHS Ecochallenge team here.

What sustainable habits would you like to build? Let us know in the comments.

About American College of Healthcare Sciences

American College founded in 1978, is a fully online accredited institute of higher education specializing in holistic health. Based in Portland, OR; our goal is to make research-driven and science-based holistic health education taught by industry-leading experts accessible to anyone anywhere while still giving students a hands-on experiential learning experience like a traditional college and a strong sense of community, school pride and student bond.

This commitment to our students and graduates reflects in our current survey results that reflect 98% of our students would recommend ACHS to a friend or family member.

We believe education is the most powerful tool for changing an individual and the world around us.

When a person enrolls as ACHS, it is vitally important that they graduate with tools they need to forge their own holistic and sustainable missions, build up their communities confidently and changing the face of healthcare with knowledge.

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Alumni Highlight: Massage Therapist to Aromatherapist

Written by Gillian Turner, Social Media & PR Specialist

Kathy graduated from ACHS with a Master of Science in Aromatherapy. After working as a massage therapist for 15 years, she is now expanding her horizons with a new job as a Senior Inside Sales Representative at Aromaland.

Massage Therapist to Aromatherapist

Having always felt a strong connection with nature and plants, Kathy became interested in aromatherapy while she was working as a massage therapist at Keystone Massage Therapy, which she and her husband co-own. 

“I was looking up ways to further my essential oil education and I stumbled across ACHS. I really wanted to get that Master’s Degree and really liked the online option because I worked and had kids,” Kathy says. “I looked up the curriculum and I was just really excited about it and it was a really well structured, highly educational program. I learned so much and the flexibility was awesome.”

Kathy says that her favorite thing about studying at ACHS was the quality of the curriculum. “Whoever wrote the information, I just really learned thoroughly. There was always the opportunity to go the extra mile. There was the base curriculum but then there was always more detail to dive in multiple directions and I really appreciated that,” she says.

Earth to Kathy

While studying at ACHS, Kathy’s capstone project was a website called Earth to Kathy. “Basically, as I was studying the essential oils I kept hearing the phrase ‘There’s not enough scientific research to substantiate that claim,’” she says. So, she decided to create a website that helped solve this problem. 

“I spent thousands of hours, looked up all different directions of research on each botanical and categorized it by therapeutic action and chemical constituents,” Kathy says. “I made this big categorization and put it online.” While the website isn’t a huge moneymaker in and of itself, it did lead Kathy toward lots of valuable writing opportunities. She has written for the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapists (NAHA) journal, Mountain Rose Herbs, and many other websites and publications.

Want to read some of Kathy’s work? Check out her article on Defining Conifer Oils in Aromatherapy.

Kathy also has a second website where she displays her art which is inspired by sacred geometry. “I think that we all need to be a little left brain and right brain, and doing art improves my writing. I enjoy it so much,” she says.

New job at Aromaland

After getting her MS in Aromatherapy from ACHS, Kathy wanted to start working in aromatherapy but had a difficult time finding a job that had the salary she was looking for. “I had turned down some opportunities. But then I just decided I would go for it with Aromaland. I really like it so far and I think I’ve gotten off to a good start,” Kathy says.

In the end, she says that the whole experience taught her that money isn’t the most important thing. “We put so much pressure on ourselves to make enough money to buy enough stuff,” she says. “If you’re having fun in life and you’re enjoying and genuinely helping people and you’re inspired, then I just decided to let go of caring about money.”

Kathy now works as a Senior Inside Sales Representative at Aromaland.  Founded in 1856, the company offers aromatherapy and skincare products both in retail sizes and in bulk.

Advice for students

Kathy’s advice for students who want to start a business or get a job in the holistic health field is to be patient, start small, and work your way up. “Hold on to the job you have and get that little website going. Be patient, be flexible, and just try a couple of different things here and there and the most important thing is that you’re having fun, you like what you’re doing, and then you don’t care if you spend a lot of time doing something and you reap small monetary rewards. When you’re doing what you love, the money isn’t that important.”

Earn an Accredited Online Degree in Aromatherapy. Click here to learn more.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I am the social media & PR specialist for the American College of Healthcare Sciences, the Institution that publishes this blog. However, all opinions are my own. This blog may contain affiliate links. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent disease. This article has not been reviewed by the FDA. Always consult with your primary care physician or naturopathic doctor before making any significant changes to your health and wellness routine.

About American College of Healthcare Sciences

American College founded in 1978, is a fully online accredited institute of higher education specializing in holistic health. Based in Portland, OR; our goal is to make research-driven and science-based holistic health education taught by industry-leading experts accessible to anyone anywhere while still giving students a hands-on experiential learning experience like a traditional college and a strong sense of community, school pride and student bond.

This commitment to our students and graduates reflects in our current survey results that reflect 98% of our students would recommend ACHS to a friend or family member.

We believe education is the most powerful tool for changing an individual and the world around us.

When a person enrolls as ACHS, it is vitally important that they graduate with tools they need to forge their own holistic and sustainable missions, build up their communities confidently and changing the face of healthcare with knowledge.

 

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10 Ideas For Celebrating Your Online Graduation

How do you celebrate your graduation when instead of walking across the stage, you are taking part in a virtual ceremony? Even if you are not able to have an in-person ceremony this year, there are still lots of ways for you to celebrate your hard work! 

1. Make sure to sign up for your virtual graduation ceremony

You don’t want to miss your virtual ceremony, so make sure you are signed up! You can register for the ACHS Virtual Commencement on June 18th, 2021 here. Mark it in your calendar, and make sure to join. This year we have some amazing faculty and alumni speakers so you won’t want to miss it.

2. Wear your regalia

Even if you won’t be walking across the stage, that doesn’t mean that you can’t still wear your cap and gown! Wearing your regalia during your online ceremony can be fun, and don’t forget to also take some graduation photos for you to remember the occasion.

3. Celebrate with family and friends

Consider holding a small celebration with family and friends. They are just as excited as you are for your accomplishments and will be thrilled to celebrate with you in person! Another option is to hold a virtual Zoom celebration party if a personal gathering is not an option due to COVID-19 safety guidelines.

Note: Your family and friends are also welcome to watch the ACHS Virtual Commencement ceremony!

4. Thank your instructors

You are now a graduate, but you didn’t get there alone. Your instructors helped and guided you along the way as you learned, and some may have made a lasting impression. Now is a perfect time to send them an email or thank-you card letting them know about the difference they made in your education. Don’t forget to thank your friends and family for supporting you as well!

You can even thank your instructors on social media! If you are an ACHS grad, use the hashtag #ACHSGrad2021 on social media when you post about graduation so we will be able to see and share it.

5. Share your knowledge

There’s no better way to celebrate graduation than sharing your knowledge! Host a virtual event for family and friends, start a blog, or host a webinar. If you studied nutrition, maybe you have some fun healthy summer recipes to share! If you studied aromatherapy, maybe you would like to show your friends how to make your new favorite blend. If you are an ACHS graduate, you can even share your writing on the ACHS blog. The possibilities are endless!

6. Engage in some self-care activities

The end of the semester before graduation can be stressful with final exams to study for and essays to write. Once it’s over, take some intentional time to rest and care for your mind and body. Soon you will likely be searching for a job with your new degree or certification, but taking a moment to rest first can put you in a more energized and better state of mind to do so.

Need ideas? Check out our article 4 Ways To Practice Self Care.

7. Stay in touch with your classmates

Your classmates can end up as valuable parts of your professional network long after graduation. Not to mention they probably share some of the same interests as you and you will be able to learn from each other. Note: ACHS students and graduates can connect through the Coaching For Success Facebook group. If you haven’t joined yet, contact your Student Services advisor for details!

8. Update your credentials on your resume and LinkedIn

Make it official! Let the professional world know about your accomplishments. Once you’ve taken a minute to rest after graduating, update your resume and LinkedIn and let your professional network know if you are looking for job opportunities.

9. Make a plan for the future

For a long time, your biggest goal was probably working towards graduation. Now that you have accomplished it, it’s time to set some new goals. Try making a vision board or writing a 5 year plan and put some thought into what you would like to work toward next.

10. Continue your education with a microcredential

If your classes are over and you just really miss learning and being a student, then consider gaining more knowledge through an online microcredential. They are a short term commitment with long term benefits. Right now, ACHS offers two microcredentials: Certified Aromatherapy Safety Professional™ and Certified Dietary Supplement Professional™ Exam Prep. Learn more and check them out here.

Congratulations to the Class of 2021! Let us know in the comments how you will be celebrating.

Earn an Accredited Online Degree. Click here to learn more.

About American College of Healthcare Sciences

American College founded in 1978, is a fully online accredited institute of higher education specializing in holistic health. Based in Portland, OR; our goal is to make research-driven and science-based holistic health education taught by industry-leading experts accessible to anyone anywhere while still giving students a hands-on experiential learning experience like a traditional college and a strong sense of community, school pride and student bond.

This commitment to our students and graduates reflects in our current survey results that reflect 98% of our students would recommend ACHS to a friend or family member.

We believe education is the most powerful tool for changing an individual and the world around us.

When a person enrolls as ACHS, it is vitally important that they graduate with tools they need to forge their own holistic and sustainable missions, build up their communities confidently and changing the face of healthcare with knowledge.

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Dads and Grads Aromatherapy: 3 Essential Oil Recipes To Celebrate

Written by ACHS Aromatherapy Program Chair Amanda Lattin

The month of June is one of celebration. Here at ACHS, we are gearing up to celebrate our graduating students in our graduation ceremony on June 18th. Many of us will also be celebrating the dads in our lives over Father’s Day weekend as well. The summer solstice is also happening on June 20th heralding the beginning of summer. Midsummer’s Eve has a long tradition of celebration for cherishing nature’s bounty and the light and warmth of the summer sun. And if those are not reasons enough, there are June brides, birthdays, and anniversaries – the list goes on!

We wanted to share with you some of our favorite essential oils for this special month whether you are out for a hike in the woods, having a backyard barbeque, attending a graduation, enjoying some summertime self care, or perhaps giving the gift of aromatherapy to someone special in your life you want to celebrate. 

Celebrate your Graduate

Celebrate the grads in your life with bay Laurus nobilis (L.) essential oil. Bay L. nobilis essential oil has long been associated with scholars and poets. A crown of bay leaves was used to crown the heads of heroes and Olympians in ancient times. Bay L. nobilis essential oil has a spicy, sweet, and slightly medicinal aroma. It combines well with other summertime favorites such as lavender Lavandula angustifolia (Mill.) essential oil and is a fantastic choice for an aromatherapy spray or diffuser blend for graduation to calm nerves and focus the mind.

Graduation Day Aromatherapy Spray

  • 2oz Glass Spray Bottle
  • 1oz vodka or rubbing alcohol
  • 1oz distilled water or lavender hydrosol
  • 20 drops bay L. nobilis essential oil
  • 20 drops lavender L. angustifolia essential oil

Directions: Add essential oils and alcohol to a two-ounce spray bottle and shake well. Add distilled water/lavender hydrosol to fill the bottle and shake again.

Celebrate Father’s Day

For the special dad in your life, our essential oil blend The Naturalist: A Men’s Fragrance Blend is the perfect aromatherapy gift. This blend is made of four of our favorite essential oils: Copaiba balsam Copaifera officinalis (Jacq.), Black pepper Piper nigrum (L.), Sandalwood Santalum album (L.), and Vetiver Vetiveria zizanioides (Nash). Black pepper P. nigrum has a rich history. Pliny once spoke of it as “more expensive than gold.” Today, it is one of the most commonly used spices and a favorite aroma for men. Black pepper has a spicy, sporty, and woody aroma that adds a classic and robust vibe to men’s blends. It’s also ideal in after-exercise formulas. Woody and rustic, copaiba balsam C. officinalis is a unique and hearty base note for men’s blends. It promotes nourished and cleansed skin, so copaiba is a fantastic addition to homemade aftershave and other bath products for men.

A beloved classic of men’s blends and fragrances, sandalwood S. album essential oil’s distinct, sweet, woody, and long-lasting aroma is uplifting and invigorating. It’s a favorite choice for men’s soaps, aftershave, and colognes.

It’s important to know that all sandalwood is not created equal. Due to overharvesting and slow replanting, the S. album tree is vulnerable. Because of this, the ACHS College Store, the Apothecary Shoppe, sources sandalwood S. album essential oil exclusively from a sustainable sandalwood plantation in northern Australia. This is one of the many reasons it’s important to know where your oils are coming from and how they’re produced—so you can feel good about your purchase and smell great, too!

Vetiver roots have been used to fragrance fabrics and clothing for centuries. The roots have even been used to create traditional, aromatic baskets and mats. With a deep, husky, earthy aroma, vetiver V. zizanioides essential oil’s strength is a superb fixative in blends for men. An added benefit: vetiver V. zizanioides is uplifting and has been said to promote concentration and focus.

The Naturalist: A Men’s Fragrance Blend can be used to create a fragrance spray, or used in an essential oil diffuser, or a few drops can be added to body wash for an easy aromatherapy shower experience. 

You can also make your own naturalist room spray with your own essential oils.

The Naturalist Men’s Fragrance Spray

  • Copaiba balsam Copaifera officinalis oil: 10 drops
  • Black pepper Piper nigrum oil: 10 drops
  • Sandalwood Santalum album oil: 1 drop
  • Vetiver Vetiveria zizanioides oil: 1 drop
  • Alcohol: 1 oz
  • Filtered water: To fill bottle

Directions: Add essential oils and alcohol to a two-ounce spray bottle and shake well. Add filtered water to fill the bottle and shake again. Spray upward into the air as a room freshener or use as a natural body spray.

Celebrate Summer Solstice

Summer solstice is the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere and is a time of warmth, blooming flowers, and celebrating nature. Summer flowers are on full parade at this time of year and we love to use their essential oils in our self care. Rose Rosa damascena (Mill.) essential oil is a favorite. Both lavender L. angustifolia and lavandin Lavandula intermedia (Emeric ex Loisel.) are ready to harvest around the summer solstice. There are also many herbs that bloom in the early summer. Marjoram Origanum majorana (L.) is a great example. Marjoram O. majorana essential oil has a sweet herbaceous and slightly medicinal aroma. It blends well with rose R. damascena, lavender L. angulstifolia, and lavandin L. intermedia essential oils for a summer meadow type of aroma, perfect for a cool evening aromatherapy bath.

Summer Evening Aromatherapy Bath

  • 1 cup epsom salts
  • 1 teaspoon carrier oil of choice
  • 2 drop lavender Lavandula angustifolia or lavandin Lavandula intermedia essential oil
  • 1 drop rose Rosa damascena essential oil
  • 1 drop marjoram Origanum majorana essential oil

Directions: Mix the essential oils with the carrier oil. Add to epsom salts and stir. Pour mixture into a full bath and swish water to incorporate. 

You can find all of the ingredients (except alcohol) for the recipes in this blog post right here in the ACHS Apothecary Shoppe! Let us know in the comments which recipe you are most excited about making!

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent disease. This article has not been reviewed by the FDA. Always consult with your primary care physician or naturopathic doctor before making any significant changes to your health and wellness routine.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I am an instructor for the American College of Healthcare Sciences, the Institution that publishes this blog. However, all opinions are my own. This blog may contain affiliate links. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

About American College of Healthcare Sciences

American College founded in 1978, is a fully online accredited institute of higher education specializing in holistic health. Based in Portland, OR; our goal is to make research-driven and science-based holistic health education taught by industry-leading experts accessible to anyone anywhere while still giving students a hands-on experiential learning experience like a traditional college and a strong sense of community, school pride and student bond.

This commitment to our students and graduates reflects in our current survey results that reflect 98% of our students would recommend ACHS to a friend or family member.

We believe education is the most powerful tool for changing an individual and the world around us.

When a person enrolls as ACHS, it is vitally important that they graduate with tools they need to forge their own holistic and sustainable missions, build up their communities confidently and changing the face of healthcare with knowledge.

 

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Inside Hillcrest: A Unique Job Opportunity for Aromatherapists and Herbalists

Written by Gillian Turner, Social Media & PR Specialist

Located in La Verne, California, Hillcrest Retirement Community is unique because of its one-of-a-kind Integrative Therapy Room. I spoke with Ryan Harrison, Director of Resident Life & Wellness at Hillcrest, who says that the Integrative Therapy Room, or ITR for short, is unusual and he is not aware of any other retirement communities that offer something quite like it. 

So, what is an Integrative Therapy Room?

Originally just a massage therapy room, Ryan recognized the opportunity to expand its use and invite in more modalities when the current massage therapist retired. With a background of 16 years working as a holistic health practitioner, he had an appreciation for holistic and integrative therapies that others may not have. The ITR currently has an Acupuncturist, Reflexologist, and Directional Non-Force Technique Chiropractor. Ryan hopes to add an Aromatherapist or Herbalist to the team in the near future.

After being closed for quite some time because of the COVID pandemic, Ryan is hopeful that the ITR will be able to start offering services in person again soon as California is relaxing its safety restrictions. In the meantime, he has been supporting the residents of Hillcrest through virtual presentations on various integrative health topics.

Job Opportunity for Aromatherapists or Herbalists

Ryan hopes that as the ITR reopens, he can bring in an Aromatherapist or Herbalist on contract. Or even better, someone who has expertise in both aromatherapy and herbalism. If you are a certified Aromatherapist or Herbalist living near La Verne, California, keep reading to learn what working at Hillcrest would be like. And if you are an Aromatherapist or Herbalist living elsewhere, at the end of this blog post I will also include some tips on how to pitch your holistic health services to a retirement community in your own area.

Hillcrest currently has two job listings that ACHS has shared through our Career Center:

Hillcrest Retirement Community – Certified Herbalist (Contract)

Hillcrest Retirement Community – Certified Aromatherapist (Contract)

What does a day at work look like?

Each of the practitioners on contract at Hillcrest use the Integrative Therapy Room for one day out of the week to see their clients in 1 on 1 appointments. “They share a Google calendar so they can all access it and put in the info for who they’re seeing that day. Because they set their own schedule, they’ll come when they want and leave when they want,” Ryan says.

In addition to 1 on 1 appointments, the job involves giving group presentations to educate the residents. For example, Ryan and a recent ACHS graduate will be giving a virtual presentation on the basics of aromatherapy this month. As COVID restrictions loosen and presentations go back to being in person, Ryan says that the more interactive they are, the better.

Another benefit of the job is that the new Aromatherapist or Herbalist will have the ability to use the ITR to work with not only residents, but also staff and the general public.

Working with an older population

The ideal candidate for working at Hillcrest would be someone who lives locally. “They really need to appreciate older adults and the challenges older adults come with, which can include impaired eyesight and hearing. Someone who is patient, fun, funny, kind, those are really some of the top qualities,” Ryan says.

The best part of working at Hillcrest is undeniably the residents. “We have great residents here,” Ryan says. “A lot of them are retired educators, a few are retired doctors and engineers so they are a smart group of people. In general, they are also unstudied and unfamiliar with these kinds of therapies. It’s an opportunity for the Aromatherapist or Herbalist to educate people as they work.”

Want to join the team at Hillcrest?

“It’s a pretty vibrant community,” Ryan says. “It’s a good team of therapists, we get to know each other and help each other. It’s a beautiful facility and a nice opportunity to settle into a really lovely community and do some really meaningful work.”

If you are local to La Verne, California, and are interested in this job opportunity, you can find Ryan’s contact information below:

Ryan Harrison, Director of Resident Life & Wellness

rharrison@livingathillcrest.org

How to pitch integrative health services to a retirement community

“I don’t think there’s another community like ours that has anything like this. We’re doing something that’s really never been done before, which is really exciting,” Ryan says. Because the Integrative Therapy Room at Hillcrest is so unique, I asked Ryan for some tips for holistic health practitioners to introduce a similar concept in other retirement communities.

A great way to get your foot in the door is to do an unpaid presentation to educate the community. This helps to build trust within the community and generate interest in holistic health. “If the community doesn’t know enough to trust it, they’re probably not going to open the door. It’s going to be on the [practitioner] to start to create interest and trust. The more they do that, the better,” Ryan says.

He also suggests doing lots of research on your holistic health modality and how it affects older adults. Having data on your modality and being able to show research studies is important. Working with a local osteopathic doctor or chiropractor is also a useful way to gain extra credibility.

If you are interested in working in the Integrative Therapy room, be sure to send Ryan an email at rharrison@livingathillcrest.org. For job listings with ACHS and other industry opportunities, visit our Jobs page.

Earn an Accredited Online Degree in Aromatherapy. Click here to learn more.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I am the social media & PR specialist for the American College of Healthcare Sciences, the Institution that publishes this blog. However, all opinions are my own. This blog may contain affiliate links. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

About American College of Healthcare Sciences

American College founded in 1978, is a fully online accredited institute of higher education specializing in holistic health. Based in Portland, OR; our goal is to make research-driven and science-based holistic health education taught by industry-leading experts accessible to anyone anywhere while still giving students a hands-on experiential learning experience like a traditional college and a strong sense of community, school pride and student bond.

This commitment to our students and graduates reflects in our current survey results that reflect 98% of our students would recommend ACHS to a friend or family member.

We believe education is the most powerful tool for changing an individual and the world around us.

When a person enrolls as ACHS, it is vitally important that they graduate with tools they need to forge their own holistic and sustainable missions, build up their communities confidently and changing the face of healthcare with knowledge.

 

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ACHS Scholarship Winners Share Tips For Students

The American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) is committed to helping students achieve their academic goals. ACHS offers a scholarship for adult students in the form of a one-time $1000 tuition scholarship and awards up to 10 of these scholarships each year. Meet our 3 students who were awarded the ASEP scholarship for summer 2021, and hear their tips for prospective students!

Ashley Broshious

As she moves forward with her goals of becoming an herbalist and wellness coach, this scholarship will provide the financial support necessary for Ashley to keep her commitment and focus on her courses at ACHS while moving forward in her career.

“For me, the journey to health and wellness has been a long and winding road. I knew that to live a healthy and happy life I needed to start at the beginning. ACHS has empowered me to not only dig into the reasons why wellness is important but has given me the confidence to start a business that brings my first passion of wine and hospitality together with my current education. I am so grateful for this journey and all the support ACHS has offered,” Ashley says. 

Ashley’s favorite thing about studying online with ACHS is the community. After attending two other universities, Ashley realized that ACHS has developed an integral and interactive community that is supportive, connective, and empowering. The professors are knowledgeable, and the administration is tuned into the needs of their students.

Tip for prospective students: Just do it. Yes, it will be work and a restructuring of your current habits and lifestyle, but continuing your education and helping to focus on a holistic way to be a part of this world is worth every minute.

Janine Swiney

Janine says that this scholarship will reduce her student loan debt more quickly and allow her to be successful in a career in herbal medicine.

“I’m just starting classes in May and I’m already a fan of ACHS. From the generosity and caring from the staff and professors, I already can’t say enough positive reviews about ACHS. I look forward to graduating with ACHS on my resume,” she says.

Her favorite thing about studying with ACHS is the kindness and helpfulness of the staff and professors. She is an aspiring healer of people, animals, and the earth.

Tip for prospective students: Focus on selecting your graduation project a minimum of a year in advance. 1 and 1/2 years to 2 years is more ideal to start choosing the project in case anything goes wrong and you have to start over which happens a lot.

Kristina Oldaker

Kristina desires to enter the medical field as a Holistic RN, helping those around her hone in on the connection of body, mind, and spirit in overall healing. She says that the generous scholarship from ACHS will assist her in furthering her goals.

“Poverty is the catalyst to ingenuity due to absolute necessity. As a divorced, single mother of 9, I can attest that you can do anything you put your mind to. Each step forward is a step in the right direction,” Kristina says.

Kristina enjoys the flexibility of the ACHS canvas, online zooms, and module interactions which makes the virtual classroom more user-friendly and easy to maneuver.

Tip for prospective students: Don’t live your life in fear. Fear is the main reason we tend not to go outside our comfort zones. Remember that harnessing your fear and projecting it in a positive light will not only illuminate your path, but highlight your unique abilities.

Kristin says that she is honored to be chosen to receive the adult scholarship granted by ACHS in 2021. It not only is a blessing upon her finances but a legacy blessing to her children. She is most grateful for the opportunity to study under Professors who are not only leaders in their fields, but guide with a hunger for learning and great compassion towards their fellow humans.

We know that funding your education is an important investment. Scholarships are free money that you don’t have to pay back and an excellent way to supplement other funding sources. If you have any questions about our scholarships, don’t hesitate to reach out to an admissions advisor and schedule a time to chat.

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About American College of Healthcare Sciences

American College founded in 1978, is a fully online accredited institute of higher education specializing in holistic health. Based in Portland, OR; our goal is to make research-driven and science-based holistic health education taught by industry-leading experts accessible to anyone anywhere while still giving students a hands-on experiential learning experience like a traditional college and a strong sense of community, school pride and student bond.

This commitment to our students and graduates reflects in our current survey results that reflect 98% of our students would recommend ACHS to a friend or family member.

We believe education is the most powerful tool for changing an individual and the world around us.

When a person enrolls as ACHS, it is vitally important that they graduate with tools they need to forge their own holistic and sustainable missions, build up their communities confidently and changing the face of healthcare with knowledge.

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What is an MBA Capstone and How Do I produce one?

In this article, Dean of Admissions/ Military Education Coordinator Amanda Heller speaks with the Dean of Business Dr. Susan Marcus to get all the details about what an MBA Capstone is and why it’s important.

Amanda Heller: Hi, Susan! One of the questions we hear a lot is about the Capstone. Could you talk a little bit about that?

 

 

Susan Marcus: Sure! One thing is certain: students don’t get out of the program without it! Seriously, it’s 100% relevant and student-driven. We actually provide a document that states the learning outcomes, and each student fills it in describing how their capstone project will demonstrate mastery. That is all we care about: that students demonstrate mastery of the course learning objectives (which for this class are the same as the program-level learning outcomes), and work on a project that is meaningful to them.

You’ll see what I mean by our BUS 598 Applied Capstone course description: In the capstone course, students identify, examine, and apply the practical connections between the MBA program, their personal and professional lives, organizations, their communities, and the triple bottom line perspective that includes financial, environmental, and social impacts. Using skills and competencies that demonstrate mastery of the MBA program learning outcomes, students identify a project in which to apply their learning. Employing a variety of tools, students demonstrate their ability to synthesize and apply theory to create an implementation plan for improved organizational performance and make a contribution to the literature on sustainable business practices.

This is the outcomes document I was referring to:

BUS 598 Capstone Course Learning Outcomes Matrix

The ACHS MBA program Capstone project is designed to provide students an opportunity to demonstrate mastery of course learning outcomes in a context that is relevant to students’ current and future professional goals and interests. As such, you are at liberty to select a project topic and scope, subject to approval by your Capstone course instructor. Once you have selected a project topic, use this matrix in combination with other project proposal assignments to demonstrate how course learning outcomes will be met. Include 1) the aspect or component of your Capstone that will reflect these learning outcomes, and 2) the actual evidence (text, charts and visuals, artifacts within appendices, etc.) within the project itself that demonstrates mastery. 

Learning Outcome Component Showing Mastery  Evidence Provided
Demonstrate an understanding of domestic and international business leadership, professional best practices, and sustainable business management.
Using a global mindset, formulate core business functions in a global or local community business environment, incorporating sustainability principles that support the health and wellness of a community and optimize sustainability and wellness outcomes.
Improve organizational proficiency in the management of technology.
Design methods for the analysis of complex data to produce performance improvements consistent with sustainability values.
Generate research that contributes to the literature on sustainable practices in a global or local community business environment.

Amanda: It sounds like your goal for this Capstone experience is for it to be relevant for students, and could even be a project they actually implement. Is that correct?

 

 

Susan: Exactly right, Amanda! If the project is not important to the student, our view is why devote time on it during this culminating assignment in their MBA program? 

We actually invite students to begin thinking about their Capstone project from the very first course, Organizational Leadership & Effectiveness. We ask them to reflect on their specific interests, which might include research, structural change to bring about diversity, equity, and inclusion, leadership development, change management related to sustainable practices, or general organizational effectiveness. We ask students in that initial core MBA class to create a portfolio using Google Sites, and begin to think about which of their assignments and projects throughout the program will result in artifacts they will want to refer to in their Capstone, and beyond. This might be the Risk Management Plan they produce in Business Law, a Sustainability Report created in Accounting & Financial Management, a performance dashboard in Business Analytics, or their marketing plan in the Marketing & Communications course. The portfolio becomes an outward-facing resource they can use for professional development purposes. 

The Capstone can be anything from a business plan to a strategic change initiative. It might be a comprehensive Sustainability Plan for an organization, or a Health and Wellness Audit. As long as students have a solid roadmap for demonstrating mastery of the learning outcomes discussed above, we’re good. 

Students receive heavy coaching during the course of their work in the Capstone class, and have reading and discussion assignments in support of their project work. They submit components of the project at certain points in the semester for feedback which can be incorporated into their final version. There is also an opportunity for peer reviews, and students present their projects during the final week of class. There is plenty of celebrating and a few surprise visits that week, too!

Amanda: Thank you, Susan! Can you be reached directly with other questions?

 

 

 

Susan: By all means! I can be reached at susanmarcus@achs.edu. Thanks so much for this opportunity to describe and discuss the ACHS MBA Capstone experience! 

If you’re ready to apply to an online MBA program with ACHS, you can start your application here. If you’re interested in starting out with a single business course, start your single course application here.

Still wondering what to expect during the application process? An admissions advisor is happy to speak to you at a time that works for you. Schedule an appointment with an admissions advisor here.

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If you have any questions, please leave us a comment on the blog!

About American College of Healthcare Sciences

American College founded in 1978, is a fully online accredited institute of higher education specializing in holistic health. Based in Portland, OR; our goal is to make research-driven and science-based holistic health education taught by industry-leading experts accessible to anyone anywhere while still giving students a hands-on experiential learning experience like a traditional college and a strong sense of community, school pride and student bond.

This commitment to our students and graduates reflects in our current survey results that reflect 98% of our students would recommend ACHS to a friend or family member.

We believe education is the most powerful tool for changing an individual and the world around us.

When a person enrolls as ACHS, it is vitally important that they graduate with tools they need to forge their own holistic and sustainable missions, build up their communities confidently and changing the face of healthcare with knowledge.

 

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Who Are The Instructors Teaching In The ACHS MBA Program?

Pictured: Some of the instructors in the ACHS MBA program

In this article, Senior Admission Advisor Molly Sykes speaks with the Dean of Business Dr. Susan Marcus to get all the details about the instructors for our MBA program.

Molly Sykes, Senior Admissions Advisor: Hi, Susan — thanks for answering some of the questions we are getting from prospective students. We often hear questions about the instructors. Who are they? Do they have experience teaching students who may be mid-career and out of school for a while?

 

Susan: Thank you, Molly — that’s a great question, and certainly one I would be asking. I can tell you from my own experience as a mid-career “nontraditional” student, it matters! I had a mix of tenured professors, and also those who taught because they were passionate about the topics and had a “day job” in their professions. In other words, they were not career academics. Some of my best learning experiences were with the part-timers who were actively engaged in their professions.

They brought their real-time experience into our learning community. They taught the curriculum while asking “how does this work in the ‘real world’” and the answer was sometimes it doesn’t! Those reality checks were so important. I also noticed a difference in the way they communicated and interacted with us. Many of the tenured professors seemed more interested in maintaining distance and a power differential rather than engaging and making sure we understood the material. This had the effect of adding stress and anxiety, especially in the quantitative subjects. 

Molly: Yes, we get questions about whether there are lots of courses with statistics and such, and whether students need a background or undergraduate degree in a quant subject in order to do well in an MBA program. What would you say to that question?

 

Susan: The answer, in a word, is no. While some schools do require an undergraduate degree in a business-related field, or a certain number of years of job experience in a business environment, we do not require either. We also do not require applicants to take the GMAT exam and achieve a certain score in order to be admitted. Research shows a GMAT score is not a predictor of student success. And if it does not serve that purpose, why would we ask applicants to incur the expense, not to mention the anxiety?

 

Molly: Makes sense. Could you say more about the instructors and their teaching style? Maybe a little about how you recruited them and the selection process?

 

 

Susan: We did local recruiting based on my connection to another institution that had a very large MBA program (and with about one-half of the courses offered online). Although that institution had regional accreditation, only 50% of our instructors were required to hold doctoral-level academic credentials. Our accrediting body here at ACHS requires that 100% of our instructors have doctorate degrees. This meant we had to do some additional recruiting, which we conducted on a national level.

We found some excellent, very student-centered people who were outstanding in their content areas and also shared our passion for business conducted with an emphasis on sustainability and wellness. Our instructors, especially in the quantitative topics, were recruited and hired specifically because they have proven track records teaching their topics in ways that are accessible to students, whether the class is online or in person. This entails using an array of resources geared to various learning styles. And equally important is their demeanor. If they lack the social and communication skills to engage with students and bring the concepts to life, or cannot apply the material in a context that is relevant, then the learning experience will be a lonely one for students.

Each of our candidates were invited to do live, interactive teaching demonstrations via Zoom, similar to the Zoom sessions instructors conduct in all of our classes. We hired only those who conveyed expertise with their subject, both academically and based on current professional experience, and a demeanor that showed us they view themselves as partners with students in the learning process. While working with them on course development and in the selection of materials, we’ve come to know their guiding ethic is centered on student success. It is literally how they measure their own success!

Molly: That sounds great, Susan! Are there any other thoughts you’d like to share about the instructors?

 

 

Susan: They are each amazing in their own way and each brings a global perspective to their work. Our Business Law professor writes wonderful novels and has done extensive pro bono work related to immigration. Another is an expert in sustainable agriculture, with an undergraduate degree from Cornell and business and family ties to Japan.

Our quantitative topics professor recently completed his dissertation bridging two areas of expertise, finance and economics, entitled, Millennial Students’ Awareness of Retirement Issues, Their Retirement Preparedness and Future Expectations.

Our professor for courses in organizational effectiveness and human capital has professional and family ties to Togo in W. Africa, launched and oversees several nonprofit organizations focused on leadership and community development work, and has a multi-decade career in US government. As I said, they are amazing!

Molly: Thanks, Susan! Can prospective students contact you with other questions? 

 

 

Susan: Absolutely! They can reach me at susanmarcus@achs.edu. I can even take them on a brief tour of some of the MBA course online classrooms!

If you’re ready to apply to an online MBA program with ACHS, you can start your application here. If you’re interested in starting out with a single business course, start your single course application here.

Still wondering what to expect during the application process? An admissions advisor is happy to speak to you at a time that works for you. Schedule an appointment with an admissions advisor here.

Speak to an ACHS Advisor

Apply to ACHS

Request Information

Watch for our final blog in this series entitled, What is an MBA Capstone and how do I produce one? And if you have any questions, leave us a comment on the blog.

About American College of Healthcare Sciences

American College founded in 1978, is a fully online accredited institute of higher education specializing in holistic health. Based in Portland, OR; our goal is to make research-driven and science-based holistic health education taught by industry-leading experts accessible to anyone anywhere while still giving students a hands-on experiential learning experience like a traditional college and a strong sense of community, school pride and student bond.

This commitment to our students and graduates reflects in our current survey results that reflect 98% of our students would recommend ACHS to a friend or family member.

We believe education is the most powerful tool for changing an individual and the world around us.

When a person enrolls as ACHS, it is vitally important that they graduate with tools they need to forge their own holistic and sustainable missions, build up their communities confidently and changing the face of healthcare with knowledge.

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