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Going back to college? What you should know about our faculty

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We call our instructors faculty. Our students often refer to them as mentors.

As a student, the faculty will understand your goals, challenge you in the classroom, celebrate your milestones, and support you if you encounter any challenges during your experience.

But who are they, really?

Our experienced faculty are also business leaders and practitioners in their fields.There are three qualities that make a great GSC instructor:

  1. Textbook + Tactics. We want our faculty to know the material you're covering in your textbook (the theory), but more importantly they know how to apply these concepts to your real-life working situations (the practice). It's all about making that connection from theory to practice!
  2. Understanding of Adult Students. Our faculty also apply principles of adult learning that recognize the educational value of bringing their students' work and life experiences into class.
  3. Use of Real Examples. Our faculty use case studies to engage students in simulations and team exercises directed at developing decision making that you can use in a work environment.

Here's a profile of an interesting and dynamic member of our faculty!


Meet Lauran Star

LauranStarLauran is an author, public speaker, mother, coach, and CEO and Founder of LS Consulting Group. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology; a master’s in organizational psychology; and is currently working towards her Ph.D. in organizational leadership and diversity.

With little to no support from her family when she decided to go to college, Lauran joined the Army to help pay for her undergraduate degree, and then served in the Reserves for 10 years as a medic.

Lauran started teaching for GSC in the fall of 2013.

I remember getting teary-eyed during my interview… “Why do you want to work at GSC?” and I replied, “Because these are my people. I’m ex-military. I had to work for everything. These are MY people. That’s why I want to teach here.”

I went to 3 different schools, paying my own way, and just barely graduated with my undergraduate degree. I didn’t have the necessary support system, but I paid for my degree so that I could get out of the lifestyle my parents had, and that kept me going.

Does GSC offer the supports you were missing in your undergraduate journey?

Yes. I go out of my way, and know most of our faculty does the same. I really entrench myself in my students’ academic success. My students know that they can send their resume for me to review; and that I’m available to chat offline about assessments; and that I’m always there for them.

I love how much GSC supports our military students. I had a student over in Afghanistan who let me know he was going to be in “radio silence” for three weeks. Not a problem – when you get back, send me your papers. We have a bulk of military students. I think the education they’re getting at GSC fits perfectly with the military mindset, and that paradigm. They get the support they need and apply it immediately.

So, I think we do a phenomenal job.

How would your students describe you?

Dynamic. Fun. Energetic. Some would say that I’m a fair grader; not easy, but very fair. If someone has to submit (and re-submit) their assignment 15 times, I’ll look at it 15 times if that’s what it takes to ensure their understanding of the theory or application.

How would you describe your teaching style?

Kinesthetic…I don't want my students to only know theory and abstract concepts; I want them to be able to apply those skills. That is when true learning takes place. It’s not just about the grade you get; it’s how you apply the knowledge.

How are GSC students different than traditional undergraduate students?

I’ve taught at a handful of traditional universities, and the students at GSC just don’t compare. They are passionate; they want to learn; they are bright; and they bring in business experience. I love my students!

What are some words of wisdom that you would like to share with those considering going back to college?

Education empowers you. Teachers hold a responsibility to ensure their students are given the best possible education, while also fostering each student's individuality and strengths so they can find their own personal success. If you’re not learning, you’re not growing.

With that said, YOU are responsible for your success. No one else. It is solely up to you…. either reach for it, or don’t. The accountability component is huge. You’re in charge of that success, but you don’t have to go it alone, There are plenty of people willing to give you a hand. And when you achieve that success, help the next person along. Always pay it forward.

 
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