One of the degrees that I recruit for is the Master of Science in Food Science and Nutrition with a specialization in Dietetics, offered through Colorado State University (CSU) and the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (Great Plains IDEA). One of the admission requirements for this degree is for the applicant to hold the credential of Registered Dietitian (RD). Oftentimes, prospective students are looking for a degree they can earn “en route,” but CSU and the Great Plains IDEA degree was developed for practicing RD’s who would like to advance their level of practice, retool for new career opportunities, or pursue doctoral study with enhanced knowledge in a specific area of dietetics practice. When a person makes the choice to move into the field of Food Science and Nutrition, most often they come to a fork in the road, one direction leading down the path of a nutritionist and the other a Registered Dietician. What’s the difference?
Benefits of Higher Education
The United States Department of Education (DOE) states, “In the 21st century, graduating from high school prepared for postsecondary education and careers means having a solid grounding in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) field.” This need for having proficiency in STEM education is not only for those who are pursuing careers in science, engineering, and teaching, but is essential for all students.
It is critically important prospective students looking at institutions of higher education to understand all types of accreditation. This understanding will ensure the choice you are making on your education is one that is right for you and will be the most beneficial to in the future. This blog post will focus on the two most common forms of accreditation: regional and national.
Throughout the course of our journey together over this blog, we’ve often talked about being a life-long learner. We’ve highlighted a number of individuals who have done this remarkably well and talked about opportunities for life-long learners to increase their knowledge. However, looking back, I can see there has been a glaring oversight in this conversation: I’ve assumed that since you’re here, reading this blog, you ARE a lifelong learner, and you understand the value of being one! You know what they say about assumptions (and if you don’t, it’s not very nice) so now is my chance to remedy the situation.
With fall looming, schools across the nation are preparing for the flood of new, bright young minds. University classrooms are filling with young adults, in varying stages of autonomy, excited and vaguely nervous. Although the ages and subjects range, one common factor is a physical classroom with four walls, seats of some kind and an instructor. Welcome to a different type of classroom that has no motivational quotations or posters of kittens dangling precariously from tree branches!