Keiser University

Strategic Alignment of Degree Offerings Best Serves Students and Employers

Posted on April 14, 2014

By: Mary Dynes

Keiser University offers over 90 degrees in a variety of career fields at its Florida and international campuses.  On occasion, prospective students will ask why certain degrees are offered at certain campuses and not at others.

With doctoral through associate degrees in fields such as health care, nursing, physician’s assistant, business, legal, information technology, culinary, education, and biotechnology among others, Keiser University strategically evaluates the needs of the local communities, interests of students, and demands of employers seeking to fulfill the hiring needs.  By aligning students, communities, and employers, Keiser University campuses offer the appropriate degree options that are most relevant and necessary to serve as a valued local, state, and global educational resource.

Typically Keiser University campuses across the state have degree offerings that reflect the needs of the local economy, employers, and businesses.  In addition to our own market research and economic analysis, staying current with (or in advance of) employment trends and delivering relevant curricula are key roles in which our Advisory Board members and Student Services staff provide vital input.  Across Florida, over 1,000 business leaders and industry professionals share real-time expertise to help our graduates enhance their marketability and competitive edges.

Reviewing employment needs is critical to offering the appropriate mix of degrees at various campuses, but it is not an isolated objective. Preparing graduates to obtain employment in their chosen fields in a challenging career market requires job candidates to meet employers’ additional expectation of exceptional soft skills and proven professionalism.  Keiser University offers a variety of professional development seminars, leadership distinction programs, and dress code and attendance policies purposely designed to prepare students for working and excelling in their new careers.

Mary Dynes is the Director of Admissions at Keiser University’s Lakeland campus and regularly reminds her students of one of her favorite quotes:  “Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” – Carl Bard


The Design program at Keiser University was filled with real world learning and hands on instruction… Based on the portfolio I created while a student at Keiser University, I landed a job in Graphic Design for a major online retailer immediately after graduation.

Ty Fitzgerald, Graphic Arts and Design Graduate

The year and a half I spent in the program better prepared me for attaining a job in the field…As a hands-on learner, the project-centered teaching was perfect for me.

Jackson Tejada, Graphic Arts and Design Graduate

Keiser University has given me the opportunity to embrace a career change… It has opened the door for a timely graduation and quick return to the work force…

Dale Caverly, Occupational Therapy Assistant Graduate

Without the education I received at Keiser University, I would not be where I am today!

Meisha Ebanks, R.N., Nursing Graduate

I not only received an excellent education but also encouragement and training that built my self-confidence every day.

Nidia Barrios, Medical Assisting Graduate

I realize the amount of knowledge I gained and feel that the educational experiences have developed me in to a person who can move higher up the career ladder.

Carlos Ramirez Flores, BA in Accounting Graduate

Keiser University’s MBA program has renewed my mind, changed the way I think, and given me a new sense of purpose.  The professors transformed my attitude and behavior, gave me the self-confidence I was lacking, and restored my energy.

Connie Sue Centrella, MBA Graduate

It has been great attending and graduating from Keiser University.  Because of the small class sizes, I was able to build good relationships with classmates and professors.  The PA professors care very much about the progress and success of the students and have been great advisors every step of the way through the program.

Annelise Merriner, PA-C, MS in Physician Assistant Graduate

Attending Keiser University and getting my degree was the best decision I have ever made.  The small class sizes and personalized attention helped me get my degree quickly.  The hands-on experience and the education landed me a job at a neighboring law firm.

Dedrick Saxon, Criminal Justice Graduate

I chose Keiser because it had everything—small classes, caring professors, hands-on learning, and counselors that are really there for you.  I feel like I’m part of a family here, not just a number.

Natalie Dou, Histotechnology Graduate

After being denied for several promotions at my current employer, I decided that I needed to further my education.  Since graduating from Keiser with my bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, I have been promoted and I am able to obtain positions that weren’t available to me before.

Laurie Williams, BA in Business Administration Graduate

Keiser helped change my life by getting my education at the right school! I have been going to another school before, dropped out because I felt that I was not getting enough information that I need. When I found out about Keiser, I was pleased because the instructors were great.

Nadege Dor, Medical Assisting Graduate

My decision to attend Keiser University has been one of the best decisions I’ve made. I chose to enroll in the Information Technology program… The one-class-a-month pace helped incredibly with my self-discipline.

Marla Hadley, Information Technology Graduate

The BA for Business Administration at Keiser has to be one of the best in the nation. Keiser takes the basics that are taught at the Associates level and uses them to strengthen your skills and knowledge.

Vivian R. Howard, BA in Business Administration Graduate

I found that Keiser University’s Nuclear Medicine program of advanced studies and small class size was a perfect fit. I never came across a faculty member who wasn’t truly interested.

Gustavo Gonzalez, Nuclear Medicine Technology Graduate