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Michael Shea

Michael is a full-time master’s student in the Warner School’s Higher Education program specializing in student affairs. A Buffalo, NY native, Michael graduated from the University of Rochester with a degree in Brain and Cognitive Science in May 2009.

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  1. Ron Stone
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    More of these type assignments are needed in college classes today and the more realistic, the better. I remember (and I’ll admit, it’s been a while) taking some graduate courses a few years after being in the real world at a local school. Maybe it’s different today but these courses had so many “assumptions” that they were almost a complete waste of time. In the business world, problems have no assumptions and most are quite fluid. I would encourage universities to have more courses that are as real world as they can. Some good lessons could be learned from trying to help the many local governments in solving their financial problems from lower tax revenues. Good luck in your studies and career.

  2. Daniel Stoica
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    Totally agree with Ron’s comment: “Some good lessons could be learned from trying to help the many local governments in solving their financial problems from lower tax revenues.’
    Awesome post Michael!
    Much success to You!

  3. Roberto Stoops
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    Thanks for the post.  “Real world” experience is critical no matter what your field but it is especially important in my opinion when people decide to pursue a career in the public sector.  Also, I assume that being on the “front lines” in the classroom also probably provides some invaluable experince for future adminstrators. 

  4. Dr. Siena Jonnes
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    I agree with Roberto.  Real World experience is invaluable.  More courses that involve both the classroom and an internship would be useful in my opinion in preparing people to advance their careers.  Thanks.

  5. Ann Hoke
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    Sounds like a very valuable exercise.  When the real world issues hit the ivory tower/public education world things get interesting.  We need to treat them like a business to some degree but balance that with the fact that education is not all about the money.  There is certainly a lot of wasteful spending everywhere but we are in the process of identifying the fat across the boad right now. 

  6. Accelerated online degree Genius
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    Michael,  I can appreciate the challenges that await you. Especially being an educator you have an enormous task to assist  our students in becoming their best and achieving their maximum capabilities.  Please remember this “TO WHOM MUCH IS GIVEN, MUCH IS EXPECTED”.  Go on with confidence and I’m sure you will do just fine.

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    As things are changing so quickly that challenges has become the part of our life.So it is ought most important to give a pressure in any sector. Which result will be the best in the market. In the institution it is like a fashion that student just attend the class and write the exam as per the lecture. But this is a bad idea for the student and the institution too.So the assignment and regular test will bring every single student into a bright and well secured future.

  8. Confidence
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    I appreciate your intentions. Education has to be more practical. Anyways we spend a lot of money on it, then why not teach something useful

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