Reality Rules At DeVry University
By Mel Fabrikant Tuesday, October 22 2013 @ 11:29 AM EDT
DeVry University prefers true-life problems. This was displayed recently at their Senior Project Showcase held at the Paramus Campus at 35 Plaza, 81 East State Route 4. The event brought Associate Dean Forough Ghahramani from the North Brunswick Campus of DeVry as well as Dr. Beth Coyle, Academic Affairs Specialist at the Paramus Campus. In addition, many members of the teaching staff and students were present to assess the quality of the reality program.Rather than use textbook applications to solve problems, Dr. Amir Sadrian, Associate Professor at
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Dr. Sadrian explained that rather than use textbook applications and solutions, he would rather prepare his students to greet the real world. To accomplish this, a cross section of the students in different studies were taken as a team to assess a problem and accomplish a successful conclusion. Each member of the team would lend their learning expertise to the team visits and discussions, work up suggested solutions and then put them into fruition. Their results were presented in PowerPoint discussion and also a table display for each group's work.
One of the reasons for this type of approach was that text book cases do not have many realty problems such as the firm being worked on dropping out and they being at a loss for a project upon which to work. This actually happened and one team had to go scurrying around trying to find a subject that could use their help and that would be amenable to their scholastic intrusions. Dr. Sadrian relished the extra burden because it brought this group into real life problems and made them seek solutions. This year’s participating students represented a wide array of degree programs and specializations, including Business Administration, Network and Communications Management, Technical Management and Computer Information Systems.
These intensive experiences are highly beneficial to DeVry University students because they provide hands-on experience outside of the academic setting. This year, participating local businesses included Blue Ocean Window Cleaning, Gil D Towing and PAL Laundromat. Unfortunately, or fortunately, only one of the businesses worked upon was able to attend. The owner of Gil D Towing was effusive over the way these students approached his business problems and helped him to solve them. This is a case where a textbook approach to a real life problem had a double meaning. Both the students and the business owner profited.
Taking part in this Showcase were: Sandra Fernandes, Luis Hoyos, Madsen Murrieta, Camilio Venegas, Heather Campbell, Fanny Delgado, Stanley Morbeth, Travis Suncar, Kenneth Thomas, Juan Henriquez, Nuris Jacome, William Piparo and Caroline Toro-Resrtrepo.