A #SHRM19 Interview with Drexel


This is a 2019 SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition (#SHRM19)  interview is with Drexel University Online, which offers over 150 online degrees and certificates. Below is a quick Q&A with the faculty.

Who is Drexel University!?  Tell us everything, just as you would someone approaching your booth and asking you this question at #SHRM19 in Las Vegas.

Founded in 1891, Drexel University is a top-ranked, urban research university, located in the heart of Philadelphia. Known as an academic center of excellence, entrepreneurship, and innovation, Drexel was a pioneer in technology-enhanced education for working adults. Today, nearly two decades after launching its first online courses, this transformative university offers more than 150 online degree and certificate programs, including an MS in Human Resource Development and Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Compliance, using the same accredited curriculum and distinguished faculty as it does on-campus.

Let us in on the magic. What’s the education process like at Drexel? How do you utilize your own resources and processes to educate your employees?

If you are in the market for an exceptional learning experience, you have come to the right university – one that understands why an investment in your education is an investment in your professional future. Drexel’s faculty members are top scholars and recognized experts in their fields, with a real passion for the subjects they teach. Above all, they are committed to connecting the dots between what you know and what you need to learn, by engaging your professional interests, building on your valuable experience, and providing you with continuous support.

Drexel University offers a generous tuition reimbursement program to its full-time employees. Many of our employees including faculty, staff, and administrators take advantage of this benefit to fulfill their current and future career goals and aspirations. Drexel also offers its employees a broad range of learning and development opportunities as part of its Career Pathway resource center (e.g., workshops, certificates, and leadership programs which are delivered in both face-to-face and online formats).

What are the biggest challenges companies face when educating their employees? How do they overcome those challenges?

The challenges vary by sector and industry. However, in general, companies are continually grappling with how to develop the competencies and capabilities needed to effectively implement their overall strategy – now and in the future. Traditional educational, learning, and development approaches will likely miss the mark.

Leading companies are strategically aligning their education programs and learning and development initiatives with their strategy and culture. Such companies tend to offer a broader range of creative and innovative educational and learning solutions and use a variety of delivery formats which go beyond traditional classroom-based education and training. For example, there is an increasing trend in establishing university and organizational partnerships to offer online education and learning programs to employees at all levels. Such programs include undergraduate and graduate degree offerings, competency-based certificate programs, basic skills training in the context of workforce development, customized leadership and management development programs, and a variety of online micro-credentialing solutions to name a few.

What do you wish more HR professionals and recruiters knew about online education?

The traditional “brick and mortar” classroom is starting to lose its monopoly as the place of education and learning. In the US, even widely respected and accredited universities such as Drexel University, Stanford, and Harvard now deliver online courses and degree programs. Online education and learning is becoming the norm rather than the exception, particularly with respect to a multi-generational and diverse workforce. Moreover, there is significant evidence that demonstrates the quality and effectiveness of online education and learning as compared to traditional face-to-face education. Whether you are seeking high-quality degree programs for emerging leaders or need to deliver compliance trainings and other innovative educational and learning solutions (e.g., micro credentials, competency-based learning) quickly and efficiently, online education and learning are the delivery methods of choice for the 21st century workforce.

How important is education in employee engagement and retention?

The business case is clear and compelling. Leading companies recognize the importance of enabling employees to reach their personal goals and creating a pipeline of highly skilled and talented employees to contribute to the business. There are countless studies that demonstrate the relationship between education and learning as a primary driver of employee engagement and retention. The field of human resource development plays a central role in education, learning, and development as well as employee engagement and retention in the workplace. Education, learning, and development as an organizational practice is a value proposition that all current and future employees expect.

For anyone who won’t be able to make it to the Drexel booth in Las Vegas, what do you want them to know?

Drexel University is a comprehensive global research university ranked among the top 100 in the nation. Known as a leader in technology-enhanced education, Drexel University specializes in innovative, online education programs for working professionals, organizations and corporations, enrolling more than 7,100 unique online students from all 50 states and more than 25 countries. Drexel offers a variety of online programs that are ideal for HR professionals such as:

MS in Human Resource Development: Equips emerging leaders with the skills and competencies to facilitate learning, performance, and change in any organization, regardless of the sector or industry. Human Resource Development primarily focuses on programs, practices, and processes related to strategic human resources, such as training and learning, talent development, organizational development, career development, coaching and mentoring, and employee engagement and retention.

Master of Legal Studies – Human Resources Compliance Concentration: Provides you with a solid working knowledge of the law without having to earn a law degree. The Human Resources Compliance concentration offers an in-depth study of crucial issues in human resources rules and regulations, such as employee hiring and termination, managing the employer/employee relationship, and mediation and alternative dispute resolution.

Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Compliance: Combines a small core of general law courses, focused training in ethics and compliance, and an in-depth study of crucial issues in human resources rules and regulations.

To learn more about Drexel University and its online programs, visit Online.Drexel.Edu.

Source: Dr. Salvatore Falletta, Professor and Program Lead for the Human Resource Development programs at Drexel University. Dr. Falletta holds several HR certifications (e.g., GPHR, SHRM-SCP) and is a former Vice President and CHRO at a Fortune 1000 company based in the Silicon Valley.


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