In my opinion, a life-long learner is someone who continually thirsts for and seeks out the opportunities to access knowledge regardless of their status in life. It is one who, despite age, academic achievement, personal and professional achievement, continues to pursue greater understanding of all things of academic, vocational and personal interest to them. Ongoing and self-motivated, life-long learning is the endeavor to develop or further enhance one’s perspective, knowledge base and skill sets. It is vitally important for anyone striving for excellence in job performance to commit to life-long learning. As time progresses, also do technological advances designed to make practical application of our knowledge. Staying abreast of current ideologies and evidence based practices will ensure that I remain relevant, competitive and proficient in the practice of my profession. Scientific and technological innovation is useless without end-users savvy enough to process, interpret and make practical application of data. My plan to be a life-long learner includes making use of continuing education programs, formal and informal. There are often courses and seminars offered by higher education institutions for the express purpose of making professionals aware of profound changes in the profession. These types of venues often offer certifications and provide exposure to upcoming practices and policies. Serving as great learning tools as well as networking opportunities, the forum of a continuing education program is one pathway I plan to take for life-long learning. Columbia Southern University (CSU) is a part of my life-long learning plan. It’s accreditation with the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) is a major factor. The DETC accreditation agency, which is acknowledged by U.S. Department of Education, was established in 1926 to ensure conformity to standards in correspondence schools. Public protection from fraud and student...
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