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There is a great deal of talk in education about testing. Some people argue that standardized tests have inherent biases and that they only measure a tiny fraction of what students really learn.  Not all students learn the same things at the same grade-levels across the country, so tests like college entrance exams may not be fair to large groups of students in certain states.

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By Breanna Naegeli
Associate Dean, Honors College

Ibn Battuta said, “Traveling–it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” Grand Canyon University and the GCU Honors College offer numerous global studies programs for students. Here is a few things to consider when trying to determine the best opportunity and the right time to strategically integrate a global studies program into your college career:

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French press coffee

By Samuel Sprague

State and Local Public Policy Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Coffee is a staple in the diet of many students, but balancing convenience and long-term savings is very important. Explore the French press, stovetop moka pot and standard drip machine as budget-friendly ways to get your dose of camelback sunrise without making the trip to GCBC.

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Men talking in community center

After you graduate with a degree in behavioral health science, you could decide to go into private practice or work within an established clinic, hospital or inpatient program. But if you’re craving something a little different, you’ve got plenty of options to consider. Behavioral health specialists can work anywhere where individuals need counseling services to live life well.

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By Kennedy Lane
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

“I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.” – Revelation 3:8

God often closes doors and we sometimes do not know why. We try so hard, with every ounce of our being to keep those doors open, but he slams them shut anyway. In these times we need to really trust God. We need to know that he has a reason for saying no.

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By Shelly Hogan
Faculty, College of Theology

From the start of the human race, it has been evident that authentic and meaningful relationships are essential. In fact, one of the first recorded words from God on the subject, “It is not good that the man should be alone,” reminds us that life is best lived with others and meaningful connections make our lives richer (Genesis 2:18). However, building and keeping significant connection isn’t always easy. Deep connection takes effort so let me offer three important relationship reminders: be available, be authentic and be attentive.

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Business meeting

Every now and then, new job titles crop up that spark questions over what the job responsibilities are supposed to be. “Marketing ninja” and “sales Sherpa” are self-explanatory. Others, like chief innovation officers (CINOs), are vague enough to trigger a round of confused looks. The specific roles of CINOs vary from company to company, but they all have a common aim: To shake up the C-suite by questioning conventions and embracing change.

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Graduates from the Colangelo College of Business at Grand Canyon University with a bachelor’s degree in finance become well-versed in core business domains. Finance students focus on investment strategies, monetary systems, budgets and markets. After graduation, they are prepared to take on many roles within the financial industry.

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By Cathy Smyser MSN, FNP-C
Faculty, College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

While the American Heart Association has marked November as “Eat Smart Month,” we should all consider eating smarter every day of every month. Our good health depends on it!

So what constitutes “smart eating?” A simple web search will result in multitudes of hits with literally hundreds of sites and dozens of books to choose from.  A whole-foods, plant-based diet is one that is getting lots of attention and for a good reason. There is no specific definition of this as a diet, but it is better to consider it a lifestyle. The basic principles of this eating strategy may include:

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