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Update-Recent News update by Professor Dr. Chandler:

The Year is New and this is a wonderful way to begin.

This was my first New Year’s Eve performance after earning my Ph.D. in Music from St. Regis University. That made the evening special in itself. Most of the selections were preceded by anecdotes concerning the uniqueness and historical significance of the individual songs. This really isn’t anything new to my performances. I always try to do more than just play the music, hence the term EDUTAINER! The information I present is important to the listener since it includes notes on the composers, the relative impact of the songs and personal observations regarding the musical structure.

After the clock struck 12:00 and things settled down a bit, I was approached by several people who commented on the musical quality of the evening. There was a conversation however that is worthy of note. A distinguished looking lady began to talk to me. Her first question was “Where did you do your studio work? You must have been a studio musician.” I then shared some of my recording experience with her.

The next question relates to the relevance of this writing. She asked, “Where did you get your education?” I explained that I had attended the music school of life and presented my accomplishments to St. Regis University. Upon completing the evaluation and assessment of my credentials I was awarded a Ph.D. in music.

Now the bottom-line…she said, “I am not surprised. I knew you had to have legitimate academic credentials. You certainly have demonstrated superior knowledge and ability this evening. Not only do you play with proficiency but also the way you document the material is truly unique.”

Needless to say I felt inspired and proud of what St. Regis had awarded me. I then asked this lady why she was compelled to compliment me in this way. She said that she had an MBA and her husband was president of a local chapter of an internationally recognized labor union. She also explained that her family is well known and she has heard many professional musicians. She wanted me to know that what I had done was special to her and she wanted to make me aware of her feelings.

Now I am not on an ego trip. I feel that these experiences are rare. When someone makes the effort to praise the quality of a performance it should be noted. More importantly when a St. Regis credential is acknowledged it gives additional credibility to the University and its programs.

For those of you that are considering St. Regis University for your academic credentials, contact the Staff and get your questions answered directly. Only then will you have all the facts necessary to determine the right choice for you.

Dennis Chandler, Ph.D., D.B.A.

On Wednesday, October 9th, I performed a solo piano concert at a small, rather elite restaurant specializing in diverse entertainment. The program included segments dealing with the early influences of modern American music from Scott Joplin to W.C. Handy. It also covered more contemporary contributions from Fats Domino and Ramsey Lewis. About 100 people were in attendance.

Incorporated into the show were explanations of the musical styles of the period as well as their cultural influences. When the concert was over I was approached by two distinguished individuals. They both were on the administrative staff of a prominent local university. After complimenting the performance they inquired about my educational qualifications. They said that beyond the music being expertly played was information that could only be gained through years of study.

Now we get to the crux of this. I explained that I had a M.A in music and recently received my Ph.D. in music from St. Regis University. The response was, " I have heard of St. Regis and its programs. We need to focus more on experience qualifications at our school. We are extremely traditional in our thinking. That needs to change. St. Regis is doing wonderful things by academically recognizing accomplished individuals like yourself."

Needless to say I was excited. It wasn't so much about their opinion of the performance, it was the recognition of the St. Regis degree as credible by credible people.

The magnitude and impact of a St. Regis degree will only continue to increase as graduates distinguish themselves by demonstrating their ability and skills with the highest level of professionalism.

I earned my St. Regis degree. I present it proudly.

If you are successful in earning your St. Regis degree, display it with distinction.

Dennis Chandler, Ph.D.

Friday, September 6th, I performed a concert with my band at Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio. Besides being what was described as the best show of the 2002 season, it was an opportunity to present the music as an EDUTAINER to an audience (estimated at 600) that had limited exposure to this musical era.

The response was incredible. One senior majoring in pre-law said she knew there was something special about the performance. When she saw my new business card with the St. Regis credential it confirmed her conclusion that I was indeed an "expert" in this music. There is no course available at Oberlin to learn about this American musical period. She wanted me to consider teaching at Oberlin and invited me to follow up with her to explore the possibilities.

Last night I played for a 40th anniversary dance party sponsored by a local record store and radio station. The attendance was over 1,000. Again I was approached after the show by numerous people commending my performance. One lady asked for my card for a future booking. Upon seeing the St. Regis credential she said, "I knew it! You must have had an education commensurate with your talent".

I hope that my testimony may reinforce the fact that the degree is secondary to the skills of the holder and that St. Regis advisors continue to strive for excellence when it comes to awarding appropriate credentials to only the highest quality recipients!

Professor Dr. Dennis Chandler


Downturn Goes Easier On Degreed Workers
By Stephanie Armour, USA TODAY

It pays to study. Employees with a college degree are weathering the economic downturn and troubled recovery with surprising good fortune -- even landing new jobs while other job seekers fail.

Economists say this downturn is a clear sign the current business climate is rewarding educational attainment. It's a shift from just a few years ago, when college students were dropping out to pursue fortunes with dot-coms.


 * Employment among college graduates has increased by more than 1.1 million jobs in the last year, even as less-educated peers saw 2 million jobs lost, according to the Department of Labor and a report by John Burns Real Estate Consulting in Irvine, Calif.

 * The unemployment rate among college graduates in July was 2.9%, far below the national average of 5.9%. The unemployment rate among workers without a high school degree is at 8.7%.

 * Employees with a bachelor's degree earn an average of about $50,000 annually, while those who have graduated high school earn only about $27,000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

While those with college degrees have typically fared better in any recession, economists say this is a marked difference. They also say it reflects a growing desire by employers to hire workers with critical thinking skills.

The downside? The educational emphasis is taking a toll on immigrants or lower-income employees who have not attained a college degree.

"Employers are looking to bring in ideas and intellectual property rather than raw skills," says Diane Swonk, chief economist at Bank One in Chicago. "Before, people were dropping out to get rich. Today, they have to go back to college and do it the old-fashioned way."

The higher employment among college-educated workers has a spillover effect, experts say, helping to drive consumer spending and fueling growth in the housing market. That's because the continued employment of higher-earning employees sustains spending, they say, despite the job losses caused by the economic downturn.

Despite some exceptions, many hiring managers say a college degree today is what a high school degree used to be -- a minimum employment criterion.

Students who invest in college and graduate education often reap the financial rewards throughout their careers. (Mark Hall/AP Photo)
Degree Dollars
Four Years of Higher Education
Can Pay Off for a Lifetime

By Romy Ribitzky


May 14 - When Susan Lindner wanted to study anthropology at a small liberal arts college, her father's response was: "Anthropology?! That's a road-map to the poor house."

Considering high tuition costs, it's no wonder that Lindner's dad was worried.

A look at the cost side of the equation bears him out. The average tuition for a four-year private university stood at $17,123 for the 2000-2001 academic year, according to the College Board, up from $10,330 for the 1995-1996 academic year. The average student borrows slightly more than $12,000 to finance higher education.

Initial costs aside, however, the payoff seems clear. As of 2000, the median annual earnings of workers with professional degrees were more than 3.5 times those of high school dropouts, finds the latest occupational outlook from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.


In fact, an upcoming report on the relative earnings of full-time year-round workers by education level, from the Washington, D.C.-based Employment Policy Foundation, further shows that the more you learn the more you earn.

The average bachelor's degree holder can earn nearly double the salary of a high school graduate. (Source: Employment Policy Foundation)

Although simply completing high school improves earnings outlook, the average high school graduate will earn an estimated average annual income of $30,109 and $1.2 million in a lifetime.

The average college graduate stands to net nearly twice as much, with a $51,097 average annual income adding up over 40 years of earning potential to more than $2.04 million.

Putting Studies to the Test

Lindner herself became a good example of how an education can help the bottom line.

She ended up making a decent salary - $42,000 - working as a field anthropologist in Thailand trying to help women find alternatives to prostitution. And, her compensation rose when she became an AIDS researcher with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

She has since managed to parlay her field experience into a successful career at a New York City public relations firm where she earns approximately triple her starting salary.

"All the skills I learned out there - including trying to persuade married men to use condoms when they are with prostitutes - have helped a lot," she says. "When it really comes down to it, learning how to speak in another person's language is what P.R. people do with their clients."

Added-Value Learning

At a minimum, experts say a bachelor's degree makes sense whether prospective students covet the corner office or just a comfortable life.

"Today a college degree is as essential to a successful career as a high school diploma was years ago," says Jeff Heath, president of New York City-based Landstone Group/MRI, an executive search firm.

Ranking among the most popular, and most profitable undergraduate majors, says Robert Franek, editorial director of test prep firm The Princeton Review in New York, would be any business, technology and health-related course of study - management, accounting, computer science, nursing and biology.

The Learning Curve: Most Popular Fields of Study
Major Starting Salary
  - $28,000
Education and Teaching - $35,000
  - $33,000
Language and Literature - $25,000

Source: The Princeton Review

The more liberal arts-based majors, like English, communications and education, are also in high demand, but tend to be harder to quantify, he adds.

Add an MBA, JD or MD into the mix, and an individual's marketability rises.

An MBA, for instance, can help the right person become even more successful by teaching a complete business vocabulary, offering access to new career opportunities, developing leadership skills and greatly enhancing professional networks, explains Jon McBride, co-founder of the Jungle Media Group, a career and lifestyle magazine company in New York.

Adds Heath, "Think of education as an insurance policy. Unless you open your own business and it takes off, you're going to be working for a company. And education works in the workplace."

Take This Job and Keep It

A higher level of education not only tends to make finding a job easier, it helps retain a job, especially in trying economic times, according to Ronald Bird, EPF's chief economist.

Someone who finishes a degree is more likely to have job security and find jobs more easily, he adds.

In fact, EPF data shows that the demand for highly skilled personnel has grown by half a million people in 2001, despite the mild recession. And, the unemployment rate for all degree holders has stayed under 3 percent, far lower than the 5.9 percent national average.

The findings don't surprise experts. "If there are no jobs in banking, for instance, an MBA will also help you get a job in government, non-profit work, etc.," explains McBride.

Moreover, McBride says that when his magazine surveyed MBA alums in the marketplace, they reported that in good times and bad, their professional and personal networks - often built while getting degrees - are key to finding jobs.

As important is the ability for students to get a taste of their career options through internships.

"An internship is a great way to figure out whether you'll be able to make a career out of your course of study," says Franek. "Think of how much time and money you can save by finding out either that you love your area of study, you should find a different interest or that you should go to graduate school to hone in your talents," he adds.

In the final analysis, says Bird, it is often simply that a graduate has gone the full route of completing a degree that is most attractive to employers.

Adds Heath, "Beside learning a new skill set, graduates prove that they know how to pursue a course of action and deliver on it. There's real credibility in that."





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