President Saunders' Blog
President Saunders shares how the University is launching the next generation of big thinkers who will change the world.
UWF Global Online Makes UWF a Leader in Online LearningSeptember 26, 2018 | Martha D. Saunders, Ph.D.
As we enter into the 20th anniversary of online learning at UWF, we’re reaching further and developing new ways to deliver online learning and connecting to the community, the region and the world.
Inspiring the Gulf Coast: The UWF University-Community Partnership ModelSeptember 13, 2018 | Martha D. Saunders, Ph.D.
Universities and communities thrive when they work together to accomplish mutual goals. This is why we’ve made “Community and Economic Engagement” one of the five key directions in our strategic plan. In a university-community partnership model, everyone wins.
Today's workforce needs hard and soft skillsSeptember 12, 2018 | Martha D. Saunders, Ph.D.
As I talk to area business and industry leaders, they often tell me that graduates who are entering the workforce need more “soft” skills. They need students who have mastered the technical side but also can present ideas and concepts to managers and work in groups to solve problems.
Argos on the Move. International Programs Offering a Vital Global ExperienceAugust 16, 2018 | Martha D. Saunders, Ph.D.
This summer, I did a little traveling of my own when I met students participating in UWF’s Catalyst Program in Paris. It was one of the best weeks I’ve had "in the office" since becoming president at UWF.
Pushing Past "PC" with UWF’s Cross-Cultural Competency CourseAugust 8, 2018 | Martha D. Saunders, Ph.D.
“We live in a global society.” It’s a common phrase that we’re hearing more every day. No longer do we exist in homogeneous silos. The U.S. is more diverse than ever before, and the world is changing all around us. Our workplace teams include people from many generations, faiths, backgrounds and parts of the world.
The Faces of Healthcare Education at UWFJuly 30, 2018 | Martha D. Saunders, Ph.D.
I would be hard pressed to find any recent list of top-demand careers that isn’t dominated by requests for healthcare professionals. In Florida, two critical issues impacting healthcare include an aging population demanding more care and an aging workforce of nurses nearing retirement.
Igniting Higher Education and Economic Development with UWF's Innovation NetworkJune 20, 2018 | Martha D. Saunders, Ph.D.
Education and economic growth go hand in hand.
Increasing Access to Mental Health Services on College CampusesJune 5, 2018 | Martha D. Saunders, Ph.D.
The Fall 2017 National College Health Assessment by the American College Health Association found that in the past 12 months, nearly 40 percent of college students felt so depressed “that it was difficult to function,” and more than 60 percent felt “overwhelming anxiety.”
UWF Breaks the Mold in Active Learning in Higher Education, Makes Graduates “Career Ready”May 24, 2018 | Martha D. Saunders, Ph.D.
There’s a buzz in higher education, a hot topic that we’re all talking about: active learning in higher education.
Opinion - Graduation Day: An Occasion for AllMay 22, 2018 | Martha D. Saunders, Ph.D.
I do believe May is my favorite month of the year. At UWF, the highlight of the month is graduation day when we confer hard-earned bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees to our students and send them off to change the world.