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Strayer University is a United States-based private, for-profit higher education institution. The university enrolls about 40,000 students through its online learning programs, and at 80 campuses located in 24 U.S. states. The university specializes in degree programs for working adults and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in subjects such as accounting, business administration, criminal justice, education, health services administration, information technology and public administration. It was founded in 1892 as Strayer's Business College and later became Strayer College, before being granted university status in 1998. Strayer University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Wikipedia.

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Bergeron P.,University of Montréal | Wesemael F.,University of Montréal | Dufour P.,University of Montréal | Beauchamp A.,University of Montréal | And 9 more authors.
Astrophysical Journal | Year: 2011

We present a detailed analysis of 108 helium-line (DB) white dwarfs based on model atmosphere fits to high signal-to-noise optical spectroscopy. We derive a mean mass of 0.67 M· for our sample, with a dispersion of only 0.09 M·. White dwarfs also showing hydrogen lines, the DBA stars, comprise 44% of our sample, and their mass distribution appears similar to that of DB stars. As in our previous investigation, we find no evidence for the existence of low-mass (M < 0.5 M·) DB white dwarfs. We derive a luminosity function based on a subset of DB white dwarfs identified in the Palomar-Green Survey. We show that 20% of all white dwarfs in the temperature range of interest are DB stars, although the fraction drops to half this value above T eff 20,000K. We also show that the persistence of DB stars with no hydrogen features at low temperatures is difficult to reconcile with a scenario involving accretion from the interstellar medium, often invoked to account for the observed hydrogen abundances in DBA stars. We present evidence for the existence of two different evolutionary channels that produce DB white dwarfs: the standard model where DA stars are transformed into DB stars through the convective dilution of a thin hydrogen layer and a second channel where DB stars retain a helium atmosphere throughout their evolution. We finally demonstrate that the instability strip of pulsating V777 Her white dwarfs contains no non-variables, if the hydrogen content of these stars is properly accounted for. © 2011. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved..

Bulysheva L.,Old Dominion University | Bulysheva L.,Novosibirsk State University | Bulyshev A.,Strayer University
Information Technology and Management | Year: 2012

Many enterprises have accumulated a large amount of data over time. To achieve competitive advantages, enterprises need to find effective ways to analyze and understand the vast amounts of raw data they have. Different methods and techniques have been used to reduce the data volume to a manageable level and to help enterprises identify the business value from the data sets. In particular, segmentation methods have been widely used in the area of data mining. In this paper, we present a new algorithm for data segmentation which can be used to build time-dependent customer behavior models. The proposed model has the potential to solve the optimization problem in data segmentation. © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.

Shiau W.-L.,Ming Chuan University | Luo M.M.,Strayer University
Computers in Human Behavior | Year: 2012

This study investigates factors that affect consumer continuous use intention toward online group buying and the degree that reciprocity and reputation of social exchange, trust, and vendor creativity affect consumer satisfaction and intention toward online purchasing. Data from 215 valid samples was obtained using an online survey. The research model is assessed using partial least squares (PLS) analysis. The results show that the intention to engage in online group buying is predicted collectively by consumer satisfaction, trust, and seller creativity. Consumer satisfaction with online group buying is predicted primarily by trust, followed by consumer reciprocity. The proposed research model explains 67.7% of variance for satisfaction and 39.7% of variance for intention to engage in online group buying. The results suggest that reciprocity, trust, satisfaction, and seller creativity provide considerable explanatory power for intention to engage in online group buying behavior. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Shiau W.-L.,Ming Chuan University | Luo M.M.,Strayer University
Behaviour and Information Technology | Year: 2013

The purpose of this study is to understand factors that affect continuance intention of a popular hedonic information system, blogs. The expectation-confirmation theory (ECT) is adapted with perceived enjoyment, habit and user involvement. Data was collected via an online survey. A total of 430 valid responses were collected. The research model was assessed by structural equation modelling (SEM). The results show that continuance intention of blog use was predicted collectively by user involvement, satisfaction and perceived enjoyment. Habit, however, exhibited no strong relationship with satisfaction and use intention. Users' satisfaction with blog use was predicted primarily by perceived enjoyment, followed by users' confirmation of expectation and user involvement. Perceived enjoyment was predicted by users' involvement and users' confirmation of expectation. Blogging time significantly moderates the effect of habit on perceived enjoyment, but not on satisfaction and continuance intention. The integrated model explains 65% of the satisfaction and 57% of continuance intention. The results suggest that integrating perceived enjoyment and user involvement into the ECT provides better insights into continuous use in the blog context. © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

News Article | December 18, 2016
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WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--GEICO's Board of Directors announced the appointment of Maren Kench and Armando Valdes as assistant controllers of the GEICO companies. Kench will be responsible for statutory accounting; Valdes will oversee GAAP and investment accounting. Kench began her career with GEICO in 2004 as a telephone claims representative at the Fredericksburg regional office. Eighteen months later, she took on a new role as an analyst for the Internet business unit before deciding to join the company's controllers management program (CAMP). Upon completing the CAMP program, Kench became lead accountant for financial reporting. Soon thereafter she was promoted to manager of planning and control in staff counsel, and later served as manager of statutory accounting. Kench holds a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Virginia and an accounting degree from Strayer University. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter. Valdes joined GEICO in 2006 as a CAMP participant. After completing the program in 2011, he accepted a role as assistant manager of treasury operations. He was then promoted to manager of financial reporting in 2013, and to director of that operation in 2015. Valdes graduated from Florida International University with a bachelor's degree in business administration and received an MBA from University of Miami. He is a Certified Public Accountant, a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter and a Certified Management Accountant. “GEICO is fortunate to have capable associates like Maren and Armando who are ready, willing and able to take on these new responsibilities,” said Steve Parsons, vice president of corporate financial reporting. “It’s exciting to see how the CAMP experience helped to prepare them for these roles. I know these critical accounting functions will be in excellent hands.” Using GEICO’s online service center, policyholders can purchase policies, make policy changes, report claims and print insurance ID cards. Policyholders can also connect to GEICO through the GEICO App, reach a representative over the phone or visit a GEICO local agent. For more information, go to www.geico.com.

HERNDON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Strayer Education, Inc. (NASDAQ: STRA) today announced financial results for the three months and year ended December 31, 2016. Financial highlights are as follows: At December 31, 2016, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $129.2 million and no debt. The Company generated $44.5 million in cash from operating activities in 2016, compared to $77.5 million during the same period in 2015. Capital expenditures in 2016 were $13.2 million, compared to $12.7 million for the same period in 2015. The Company had $70.0 million of share repurchase authorization remaining at December 31, 2016. No shares were repurchased in the fourth quarter of 2016. For the fourth quarter of 2016, bad debt expense as a percentage of revenues was 4.6%, compared to 3.3% for the same period in 2015. Total enrollments at Strayer University for the winter term 2017 increased to 43,387 students, from 40,872 students for the winter term 2016. New student enrollments increased by 8%, and continuing student enrollments increased by 6%. In December 2016, Strayer University President Brian Jones was appointed by the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, to the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI). NACIQI is a public body, composed of 18 appointed members, authorized by the U.S. Congress to advise and make recommendations to the Secretary of Education regarding matters of accreditation and the Secretary's authority to recognize accrediting bodies, and matters regarding institutional eligibility for federal financial aid. At December 31, 2016, the Company had 11,093,489 common shares issued and outstanding, including 477,100 shares of restricted stock. The Company also had 250,000 restricted stock units outstanding, and 100,000 vested stock options outstanding. The Company announced today that its Board of Directors had declared a regular, quarterly cash dividend of $0.25 per share of common stock. This dividend will be paid on March 20, 2017 to shareholders of record as of March 6, 2017. Strayer Education, Inc. will host a conference call to discuss its fourth quarter 2016 earnings results at 10:00 a.m. (ET) today. To participate on the live call, investors should dial (877) 303-9047 ten minutes prior to the start time. In addition, the call will be available via live webcast. To access the live webcast of the conference call, please go to www.strayereducation.com 15 minutes prior to the start time of the call to register. Following the call, the webcast will be archived and available at www.strayereducation.com. The Company announced today that its 2017 Annual Meeting of Stockholders will take place on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at the Company’s office located at 2303 Dulles Station Blvd., Herndon, Virginia 20171. The record date for this annual meeting will be March 3, 2017. Strayer Education, Inc. (NASDAQ: STRA) is an education services holding company that owns Strayer University and the New York Code and Design Academy. For more information on Strayer Education, Inc. visit www.strayereducation.com. Founded in 1892, Strayer University is a proprietary institution of higher learning that offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in business administration, accounting, information technology, education, health services administration, nursing, public administration, and criminal justice, to working adult students. The University includes Strayer@Work, which serves corporate clients by delivering the next generation of performance improvement and workforce development. Strayer University also offers a Top 25 Princeton Review-ranked online executive MBA program and corporate training program through its Jack Welch Management Institute. Strayer University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267-284-5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. For more information on Strayer University visit www.strayer.edu. About New York Code and Design Academy New York Code and Design Academy (NYCDA) is a New York City-based provider of non-degree web and mobile app development courses. NYCDA courses are delivered primarily on-ground to students seeking to further their career in software application development. NYCDA does not participate in Title IV programs. For more information on NYCDA visit www.nycda.com. This press release contains statements that are forward-looking and are made pursuant to the "safe-harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the “Reform Act”). Such statements may be identified by the use of words such as “expect,” “estimate,” “assume,” “believe,” “anticipate,” “will,” “forecast,” “plan,” “project,” or similar words. The statements are based on the Company’s current expectations and are subject to a number of assumptions, uncertainties and risks. In connection with the safe-harbor provisions of the Reform Act, the Company has identified important factors that could cause the Company’s actual results to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by such statements. The assumptions, uncertainties and risks include the pace of growth of student enrollment, the Company’s continued compliance with Title IV of the Higher Education Act, and the regulations thereunder, as well as regional accreditation standards and state regulatory requirements, rulemaking by the Department of Education and increased focus by the U.S. Congress on for-profit education institutions, competitive factors, risks associated with the opening of new campuses, risks associated with the offering of new educational programs and adapting to other changes, risks relating to the timing of regulatory approvals, the Company’s ability to implement its growth strategy, risks associated with the ability of the University’s students to finance their education in a timely manner, and general economic and market conditions. Further information about these and other relevant risks and uncertainties may be found in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015 and in its subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, all of which are incorporated herein by reference and which are available from the Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements.

Struble C.B.,Strayer University | Lindley L.L.,George Mason University | Montgomery K.,University of South Carolina | Hardin J.,University of South Carolina | Burcin M.,University of South Carolina
Journal of American College Health | Year: 2010

Objective: To estimate and compare the prevalence of overweight and obesity among self-identified lesbian, bisexual, and heterosexual college age women. Methods: A secondary analysis of the Spring 2006 National College Health Assessment was conducted with 31,500 female college students (aged 18 to 25 years) to compare body mass index (calculated from self-reported height and weight) among lesbian, bisexual and heterosexual college women. Results: Compared to heterosexuals female college students, lesbians and bisexual women were both significantly more likely to be overweight or obese. Lesbians were also less likely to be underweight compared to heterosexual college women. Conclusions: Self-identified lesbian and bisexual college women were more likely to be overweight or obese than their heterosexual counterparts. Health care professionals and educators should target these high-risk populations for obesity prevention programs. This study highlights the need for additional research examining the potential risk factors for overweight and obesity among young sexual minority women. Copyright © 2010 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Lindley L.L.,George Mason University | Friedman D.B.,University of South Carolina | Struble C.,Strayer University
Health Promotion Practice | Year: 2012

Research suggests that lesbians turn to the Internet for information regarding their sexual health. However, limited research has examined the availability of online sexual health resources for this population. This study evaluated the volume, scope, and readability of sexual health information available to lesbians on the Internet. The top three Nielsen-rated search engines were used to identify websites generated using the search term "lesbian sexual health." A content analysis was conducted of 25 unique, functioning websites (46 webpages total) and Flesch Reading Ease and Flesch-Kincaid grade levels were calculated. Nearly one third of the websites were located outside the United States; two were U.S. government sites. Although most sites provided information about sexually transmitted infections and HIV/AIDS (52% to 72%), fewer provided information about safer sex practices (12% to 56%), reproductive cancers (24% to 36%), intimate partner violence (16%), family planning issues (0% to 12%), or other preventive health practices, such as mammograms and gynecological exams (4% to 44%) for lesbians. Readability of websites was much higher than recommended for health materials. Lesbians are in need of comprehensive and reliable sexual health information on the Internet. In particular, sexual health messages written in plain language are needed to encourage safer sex and other preventive practices among lesbians. © 2012 Society for Public Health Education.

Mikishev A.B.,Sam Houston State University | Mikishev A.B.,Strayer University | Nepomnyashchy A.A.,Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
European Physical Journal: Special Topics | Year: 2013

We investigate the parametric excitation of Marangoni convection by a periodic flux modulation in a liquid layer with insoluble surfactant absorbed on the nondeformable free surface. The stability analysis of the convective system is performed for arbitrary wave numbers of the disturbances. An interesting feature of the onset of convection is the existence of bifurcating neutral curves with double minima, one of which corresponds to a quasi-periodic solution, and the other one corresponds to a subharmonic solution. The evolution of the subharmonic instability region depending on the amplitude of the external heat flux modulation and the frequency of the modulation is studied. The quasi-periodic neutral curve is close to the oscillatory neutral curve of the nonmodulated problem. © 2013 EDP Sciences and Springer.

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Seventy percent of Americans who have pursued a Bachelor’s degree qualify as nontraditional students, according to the 2016 College Experience Survey from Strayer University and U.S. News & World Report’s Marketing and Business Intelligence Teams. The study found that nontraditional students are more demographically diverse and place more value on scheduling flexibility, employability, and affordability than traditional 18-24 year-old college students. Key demog

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