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Introduction
The Kick-Starter Issue

Motivated by the challenges of physically attending graduate classes at night while working and raising a family, Dr. Donald Hecht kick-started his dream to “find a better way to earn a degree” and founded Northcentral University in 1996. To commemorate the University’s 20th anniversary, we celebrate NCU’s history of offering students the flexibility to achieve a premier education and honor members of the NCU community who today are courageously pursuing their passions while making a difference.

In this issue of Higher Degrees, Alycia Harris, PhD, from the Department of Psychology in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and a certified life coach, provides her tips on how to kick-start your passions into reality. You’ll read about two recent graduates whose experiences at NCU helped guide them toward great success in new careers. Jim DeLung, PhD, School of Business and Technology Management, pursued his dreams to become a motivational speaker and leadership development expert, and Meg White, EdD, School of Education, authored her first book.

This quarter we also highlight key affiliations and partnerships that support students and faculty in achieving new heights. NCU received accreditation from the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) in October 2015, and NCU faculty members recently participated in four presentation sessions at the WSCUC annual conference focused on how higher education can serve the public good. You’ll also learn about NCU’s own Strategic Partnership Program that directly helps participating companies' employees and organizations’ members advance their education with preferred tuition rates and other benefits.

We hope you enjoy the issue, and we welcome your feedback and suggestions for the next publication of Higher Degrees. Please send your comments and ideas to: HigherDegrees@ncu.edu.


Northcentral University educates professionals throughout the world and provides unparalleled flexibility to earn a premier U.S. regionally accredited degree. Students are mentored in a one-to-one learning model by professors who all hold doctoral degrees. NCU commits to helping students achieve academically and become valuable contributors to their communities and within their professions.

NCU is a WSCUC accredited institution. WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001. WSCUC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). For program disclosures, please visit www.ncu.edu/program-disclosures.

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