EVOLVE Business and Professional Magazine May 2019 - Page 24

EMBRY-RIDDLE: WORLDWIDE ACCESS TO HIGH QUALITY EDUCATION T by Brigitte Hoarau oday’s higher education conversations often center on “access.” With the recognition that most contemporary careers require a college education comes the responsibility need. More specialized careers require even more limitations on higher education offerings. Embry-Riddle, which trained aviators in Ohio and Florida since for institutions to provide that education to a rapidly diversified before World War II, saw this issue before it even came into common beyond the traditional elite: high-achieving, recent high school Embry-Riddle Worldwide was born. Seeking to address the first of population. That means that colleges and universities must reach graduates who have the means to relocate, pay high tuition costs, and dedicate at least four years of their adult lives to full-time college. But today’s career-seekers are exponentially more diverse than the careers they seek. Among them are men and women with families, world-travelers, trained active servicemen desiring promotions or second careers, or veterans looking to continue or change careers as civilians. Traditional higher education institutions often lose students to these factors and many others over which they have no control, so that “access” to education that leads to careers is often defined by much narrower concepts than potential students focus. By opening its first campus at Fort Rucker Army Base in 1970, these “access” needs: that of providing access to mobile military servicemen who want a Bachelor’s degree but are often relocated around the globe, the Worldwide campus began partnering with military bases to establish campuses. Already known as the world’s premier aviation and aerospace university, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University followed its students’ needs into traditional campus establishments in Daytona Beach, FL, and Prescott, AZ. The precedent caught on like wildfire. From its start, according to current Embry-Riddle Worldwide Chancellor, John R. Watret, PhD., the institution took its aviation-centered specialty to more of Flight line operations on Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus, adjacent to the Daytona Beach International Airport. Photo: Embry-Riddle/Nicole Hester | 24 | EVOLVE BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL MAGAZINE