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Major: Business Management & Geography
Expected Graduation Date:
Education is one way to be on the cutting edge in order it be successful, and achieving success may not be so difficult; after all, we are American and live in the land of opportunities. My Name is Shafiq Khan a McNair Scholar. Since the 2008 recession, huge numbers of American families have fallen into financial difficulties. I was in the middle of that, and realized I wanted a new career. So, I decided to turn to school for higher education. Over the past three years I have been studding in business management and geography.
After a long separation from higher education, I have returned and intend to complete a PhD; therefore, I am dedicated and committed to the academic programs. My plan is to enroll in the Instructional Design and Technology Program . After a successful completion, I will start the Ph. D. program. Since the Instructional Design and Technology is a comparatively new field, it is dedicated to applying what is empirically understood about how humans learn and improve upon performance with design, development, implementation, and evaluation of learning and performance support products, processes, and environments. As an IDT professional, my goal is to learn and master the field of designing curriculum and integrating it with innovative technology.
Specific Research Interests:
My interest in particular is to research the foundations of the education system of the third world; in particular, I would be interested in studying the education system of Bangladesh. There are two types of education that are available for the people, one is western education mostly adopted from the British Educational System, second is the traditional Islamic education which is called the Madrassa system. My research would emphasize on the Madrassa system and make possible connections to the contemporary education system. As a result, people would have better understanding of that education policy and procedure, and the new curriculums and proper technology will give a better edge. A successful completion of the research would help to determine how the educated community in the western world can extend their hands to benefit millions of people who have fallen behind the modern education system; as a result, crimes and terrorism will go down and the communities would be a better place to live . However, it is not an easy task- it will require research in learning behavior which includes, human psychology and cultural studies. At the end, creation of a new curriculum and appropriate technology will make a huge difference in their current educational system.
Accomplishment through Participation in the McNair Program:
The McNair program has been a vital support system while I continue my education. The program is helping me to develop my knowledge through seminars and workshops related to graduate education. It allows me to establish a working relationship with professors. McNair program exceeded my expectations and raised my awareness of future education in a Ph.D. program, and participation gave me the confidence and support that allowed me to embrace my research interests.
Other Qualifications and Accomplishment:
In addition to my accounting and bookkeeping experiences, I also successfully owned and operated a small enterprise located in southern California which helped me developed strong management, marketing, and administrative skills. I am highly customer-centric with excellent relationship building skills as evidenced by achievement in building 6-figure annual sales. I utilized my strong management, marketing, and administrative skills to build new business, and to cultivate existing customer relationships. I have been self-confident, organized, and motivated to bring creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit to all business endeavors. I am a people person with ability to organize and communicate. I was able to increase the annual revenue by 20%, and managed payroll of more than 100 employees.
I have been enjoying the educational environment rather than the industrial settings and corporations; therefore, I would like a career in the academy, such as a professor, research associate, or as a consultant in educational institutions. I am also interested in working in the field of community development; for example, working closely with educational curriculum development and implementation through technology; for instance, internet, video, audio, and print methods to benefit disadvantaged communities. My focus would be on educating women and children for their better future. Finally, it is the passion for impacting the world that has led me to take the next step.