Keiser University Launches First Research Center

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — Oct. 18, 2012 — Today Dr. Arthur Keiser, Chancellor of Keiser University (KU), announced another milestone in the university’s 35-year history with the launch of its Center for Career Education and Leadership (CCEL).   KU’s CCEL is a non-profit center designed to research private postsecondary education in America including the impressive increase in student demand, the private sector’s primary focus on developing career-ready graduates and the growing responsibility this sector has in meeting the goals of our national education agenda.

“President Obama’s ambitious plan to have the most college graduates in the world by 2020 demands the private higher education sector’s innovative contributions,” Keiser said. “Historically, many of our nation’s finest universities were started as proprietary institutions by families and entrepreneurs and their lasting legacies live on in today’s most prominent private, not-for-profit sector colleges and schools.  We believe to better serve students across the generations, the rich history and bright future of private sector education is worthy of study, accurate understanding, promotion and continued innovation,” he added.

Initially, the primary research agenda is to document through scientific research the return on investment and value that private sector schools, career colleges, and universities provide students, employers, employees, communities, and taxpayers.  Additionally, the KU CCEL will educate current and future postsecondary education leaders, as the nation lacks postsecondary administration programs designed to specifically prepare professionals in leading a career college or university. 

Lauren Schumacher, a recent 2012 graduate of Keiser University’s master’s degree in Career College Administration program, said that when she decided to join her family’s career college education system–Northwestern College based in Illinois–she needed a graduate degree that would help her to succeed in postsecondary higher education leadership.  

“I want to be prepared to manage many aspects of my family’s education system and my Keiser University graduate degree is a perfect fit for that need,” said Schumacher.

KU’s CCEL is under the leadership of Dr. Jim Hutton, Center Director, and is part of the University’s Graduate School.  The academic pillar is Keiser’s existing Master of Science degree in Education (MSE) with a specialization in Career College Administration (CCA).  Dr. Hutton is also a professor and Program Director for the MSE-CCA.

In conjunction with Keiser University’s online division and the university’s library system, KU CCEL will be a repository for all available information documenting the long and important history of private sector and proprietary colleges and schools.

In realization of this long-held vision, Keiser said, “I have known Dr. Hutton for nearly 20 years and as a nationally admired expert in private sector education, he is the best leader for this initiative.  We share a passion for our students and the role of private sector education.  Dr. Hutton has the right combination of teaching skills, research ability, education, values, and keen business acumen that we were seeking.” 

Keiser said that these attributes allowed Hutton to co-found and lead one of the most successful private career college systems in the country at Virginia College.

“KU’s CCEL was tailor made as the vehicle through which I can achieve my dreams of giving back, working with future education leaders, and documenting the incredible significance and value private sector colleges offer to global workforce development,” stated Hutton. 

Other current KU CCEL related educational offerings include a Graduate Certificate in CCA and a joint MSE-MBA with a concentration in CCA.  Graduates from either master’s degree can continue into Keiser’s Ph.D. in Educational Leadership.

To supplement and oversee the center’s research, education and training mission, Keiser and Hutton plan to assemble a National Advisory Board of career college pioneers and industry leaders.

About Keiser University
Keiser University (KU) is a private, not-for-profit university serving nearly 18,000 students pursuing doctoral through associate degrees on 15 campuses and online, and employing nearly 3,500 staff and faculty. The university has been regionally accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools since 1991 and is a Level VI institution, the highest accreditation achievement awarded, and a member of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida (ICUF).

Sixty-two percent of KU students graduate in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and healthcare fields, providing the talented workforce necessary for Florida to compete globally.

Keiser University's educational reach extends globally through its international programs, including the Latin Division, a cooperative agreement in the Eastern European nation of Moldova, and a campus in Shanghai, China.


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